If you already learned American or European style of floral designs, you must have basic skills of making floral decorations. You may feel a little bit bored with the same type of arrangements unless you challenge something new or innovative. In order to enjoy a different type of arrangement, it may be a good idea to try Ikebana arrangement which is a Japanese traditional floral art having a very long history.
Although there are uncountable number of schools or styles in the world of Ikebana arrangements, the basic concept and the way of arranging is the same regardless of the type of school. As Ikebana is a Japanese traditional floral art, it is somewhat different from European or American style floral designs.
People who already experienced Ikebana arrangement know the difference between Ikebana and European/American floral arrangements. However if you have never learned Ikebana, it may be a little bit difficult to clearly understand the difference. The difference can be found not only in the different kind of devices/tools used for arranging but also the concept and spirit behind arrangements.
Historically the traditional Ikebana arrangement was considered one of the mandatory arts and manners which should be earned and mastered by women who grow up in Samurai families or decent society. This traditional art was pretty popular among Japanese women who grew up in the high society . The traditional tea ceremony art/manner also had the same kind of aspect and it was also popular among ladies in decent society. This concept has been continuing until quite recently.
When I began to learn and earn the arts of Ikebana and tea ceremony going back to the late 1960’s, Ikebana was considered in Japan one of mandatory arts and manners which should be mastered by young ladies before getting married. Nowadays in Japan, the term of “flower arrangement” reminds most people of European floral designs which replaced the place of Ikebana back in late 1980’s.
While the population of Ikebana artists are decreasing in Japan, fans of Japanese traditional floral art has been gradually increasing outside of Japan. People living outside of Japan can definitely feel a Japanese culture which is something different and traditional with Ikebana arrangements.
Since I have been living in California for a long period of time, I can easily find how foreign people (non Japanese people) feel with Ikebana arts.
Japanese traditional Ikebana arrangement often makes linear designs by using thin and long branches such as willow twigs that are not used for European or American arrangements. Also they often feature and focus on the beauty of greeneries rather than flowers themselves whereby a totally different nature of decoration is created. Recently some of European floral designers adopt this way of arrangement in their own designs so that they can show the grace of blending Japanese and European arrangements.
California Flower Art Academy has been teaching a variety of floral designs from European arrangements to Japanese Ikebana since 1990 in the San Francisco Bay Area (Burlingame, San Mateo) and Silicon Valley (San Jose). No matter what kind of designs you want to learn, wedding to funeral arrangements, beginner to professional levels, we can help. You can start from Introductory Trial Budget Program or Ikebana Short Seminar Program for less than $100 as of June 2013. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org