From student to student, the purpose of learning Ikebana is different. All students learning Ikebana commonly love floral art. The majority of students have interest in Japanese culture. That is why they started learning Ikebana. And some of them already learned regular floral arrangement such as American or European floral designs. And they wanted to find out how Ikebana is different from ordinary floral designs.
After they learned Ikebana art, some people started having more interest in Japanese traditional culture. In this sense learning Ikebana is a kind of entry gate to a Japanese culture. As a matter of fact I used to teach how to wear Japanese traditional clothing called “Kimono” which is very difficult to wear alone. I used to have a class at a well know Kimono School in Japan as an instructor and examiner when I was in Japan. On top of that I was deeply involved in tea ceremony as a certified Tea Ceremony Instructor licensed in Japan.
Since I relocated to California from Japan, I have been engaged in teaching only Ikebana, European floral art as well as European 3D decoupage and I have been away from teaching Kimono wearing and Tea Ceremony.
Some people asked me to teach the skill of wearing Kimono and also Tea Ceremony. However I cannot spare time for teaching these cultures. What I can say is some people began to have interest in Japanese culture after learning Ikebana and some showed interest in Ikebana because they had interest in Japanese culture.
In Japan, they learn Ikebana by taking lessons for a long period of time such as 3 to 5 years. No matter what kind of arts or skills they learn, they usually continue learning for a long period of time only because they would like to master it or want to earn a very high level of skills. Many people continue learning even after getting a certification as an instructor. When I was in Japan, even after getting certification of an instructor, I regularly joined a special session at least once a month in order to participate in a kind of show held by the headquarters of Ikebana School I belonged to. Once I exhibit my arrangement, a senior examiner evaluated my work and made a comment on my design. Through participating in this kind of regular event, even instructors can continue brushing up on their skills.
Only because Ikebana is a very profound art, it is totally impossible to earn very decent skills in a limited time. That is why they usually learn for a long time. Unfortunately most students in American show interest in one day seminar or only entry level of class. And most of them quit learning. Therefore they cannot fully understand the real concept behind arrangements and cannot understand profound beauty of Ikebana quite unfortunately. But as far as they show interest in Japanese traditional culture by learning Ikebana, I can be happy and hope they will find something good in Japanese culture.
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