3,500 yen / person
- Chozenji Temple
2 Chome-40-50 Koenji-minami, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 10 minutes from JR Koenji Station, South Exit
- 090-2736-4463 (English OK)
- English and Japanese
IKEBANA (FLOWER ARRANGEMENT) WORKSHOP
[published March 2019]
Ikebana Japanese Flower Arrangement Experience
■Content: Learn the basic concepts of ikebana and how to create your own ikebana arrangement.
■Materials: Plants materials are included in the cost. Vases, kenzan holders, scissors and necessary tools can be borrowed. Casual clothes are OK.
■Location: Chozenji temple (see address above or map below) 2-40-50 Koenji-minami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0003
■Schedule: Reserve in advance. Weekdays 10:00am – 3:00pm, Weekends 2:00pm – 4:00pm except Ohigan week (3/17-24, 9/17-24), Tokyo Obon week (7/12-15), and New Year’s holidays (12/28-1/3).
■Workshop Time: 2 hours
■Number of Participants: 2 people minimum, up to 8 people
■Cost: 3,500 yen per person (tax included)
■Instructor: Ichirin Osawa, a certified Ikebana instructor authorized by Ryuseiha School of Ikebana
■Sign up/schedule/inquiry: Please contact via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call 090-2736-4463 for details. (English OK)
Description: Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, which was started by a Buddhist priest offering the flowers on altars. This art form has been passed down for over 700 years. Ikebana is also known as Kadō, Way of Flowers. It is one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement. The other two are Kōdō, the Way of Fragrance, or incense appreciation, and Chadō or the Way of Tea, also known as the tea ceremony.
Ikebana is spiritual and philosophical in nature. Through the ikebana workshop, participants can learn the relevant concepts, and how to express themselves by arranging flowers and plants, with appreciation towards nature. Ikebana is similar to meditation, and Chozenji Temple provides the perfect atmosphere. After a flower arrangement is completed, participants can see how flowers are usually offered at the altar of the temple, and the priest will give chants for the ikebana arrangements. Participants can take their flower arrangements home if they would like to, but please note you probably cannot take it on the plane so you may want to give it as a gift to a friend or donate it to the temple’s altar in that case.
Chozenji Temple homepage: www.chozenji.com (Japanese language)
Chozenji Temple YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlog4ongkRk&feature=youtu.be (English language)