Guests are welcomed by the sign in front of the house, which lead the guests to a Japanese small garden in the private house. The guests will enter the tea room from the Japanese garden (yes, taking off shoes and leaving them at a big stepping stone at the entrance of the tea room) and make themselves comfortable for the experience to start. What guests will do during the 100-minute experience? I will provide brief background of Ikebana with video I created, you will see my demonstration of how to install plant materials and learn tips, and then the guests will actually arrange Ikebana following the basic upright style. At the end of 100 minutes, the guests will enjoy a fresh green tea and Japanese traditional sweet with a view of Japanese box garden in front of the tea room. Itinerary ~10 minutes: Brief background of Ikebana, its history, origins, current landscape ~10 minutes: Demonstration of Ikebana ~40 minutes: You will actually arrange plants materials with step by step guidance ~20 minutes: Enjoy a fresh Japanese green tea and sweets ~10 minutes: Photo
I am a licensed instructor of Sogetsu school of Ikebana. Previously I have worked overseas for more than 10 years. I have long studied Ikebana and 3 years ago, I finally decided to follow my heart in my 40's; love for Ikebana. Ikebana isn't about just arranging flowers beautifully. Ikebana is like the painting, expression of arts using plant materials. Plants materials are often perfectly beautiful in its natural states and what humans can do to reproduce it in another place? It starts from observing plant color, shape and texture. With help of the nature, man’s hand expresses artistic inspiration and make your own flower. By the end of 2-hours experience, guests. will be touched with depth and breadth of Ikebana, also known as Way of the Flower.
A fresh green tea and Japanese traditional sweets at the end of the experience
Plant materials, vases, Ikebana scissors, everything you need
The experience takes place in the beautiful and authentic Japanese tea room with "Tatami" and "Tokonoma” in a private promise of quiet residential enclave in central Tokyo, only 10-minute train ride from both Shinjuku and Shibuya station. Fair from the both stations is only 154 JPY.
Nothing, but curiosity and camera
Family, couple, solo travelers are all welcome. Children need accompanying adults (advised that only children who can use scissors alone take a part in installing flowers. ) Non-smoking promise but you can smoke in the garden. You need to take off your shoes. No wheel chair access : ( sorry....
Experience Way of the Flower "IKEBANA"