You'll get a hands-on introduction to Japanese flower arranging, using seasonal branches and flowers to create beautiful compositions, as well as an overview of the materials/tools necessary for ikebana. To start off, I'll serve you tea while we chat about the history of ikebana (originating 500 years ago right here in Kyoto!) and its evolution into a contemporary art form. Then you'll have the chance to try a classical composition, emphasizing seasonality, lines, space, and form. Finally, let your creativity run wild and use the same floral materials to create your own freestyle arrangement. We'll include dedicated time for photos so you can capture your finished arrangements. I've designed the workshop to be accessible for everyone from beginners to experienced florists. If this is your first time working with flowers, have no fear! We'll work together to create a beautiful arrangement. If you are more experienced and have specific goals with regard to techniques or materials, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate your requests. Workshops are held on the 1st floor of historic Kinse Ryokan, which has a 250 year history.
Kojiro And Seanacey
This experience is hosted by Seanacey: I started practicing ikebana 10 years ago and in 2014 I was given permission to teach by the Sogetsu sect of ikebana. I am passionate about ikebana as an art rooted in traditional Japanese culture but constantly evolving to be accessible for people all over the world. In addition to teaching workshops I create floral arrangements for shops, events, photoshoots, and art collaborations. A note about workshop timing: I have most workshops set at 3:00 p.m. but if you would prefer a morning workshop I can alter the start time to 9:00 a.m.
Ikebana flowers and tools All materials and tools are provided, and participants are welcome to bring their flowers home…
We'll be in the cafe-bar at Kinse Ryokan, a unique building with more than 200 years of history. The neighborhood is a former geisha district and as you arrange flowers you'll be surrounded by the room's parquet floors and elaborate stained glass featuring peonies, pheasants, and butterflies.