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Learning Ikebana- English-Speaking Ikebana Classes in Tokyo

There are several Ikebana schools / classes in Tokyo where you can learn it in English. If you would like to know what Ikebana is, please read Exploring Ikebana, The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging.

If you would like to learn about Tokyo History, please read History of Tokyo.

Ikebana classes in Tokyo

If you are interested in studying ikebana in Tokyo, there are certainly no shortage of options in the city. Each school teaches the art of Japanese flower arranging in its respective manner, and each teaches several of the various ikebana styles in their own way too. Among the many schools, the three that currently dominate are Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu. The Ikenobo school, of course, is where ikebana’s origin lies, and it is based at the Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto. While there are Ikenobo schools in Tokyo, there are also many others teaching various styles and approaches.

Ohara School

The Ohara School of Ikebana is so-named for its founder and the creator of the moribana style, Ohara Unshin. The school was officially founded in 1912 and has spread to several hundred chapters throughout Japan and the world. Its main location in Tokyo is in Minami Aoyama, where they offer English classes once a week for all levels and allow both observation and trial lessons.

Sogetsu School

The Sogetsu School was founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara, who rejected the established forms and explored free and creative expression that was not held to a fixed ikebana style. Many different classes, including trial lessons and the chance to observe, are available at the Tokyo headquarters in Akasaka.

Ichiyo School

The Ichiyo School of Ikebana, founded in 1937 by a brother and sister, teaches moribana, nageire and ichiyo seika styles in a contemporary manner that encourages personal interpretations. It uses a simplified and systematic teaching method and aims to guide students closely and efficiently. Trial lessons and six courses are available at the Tokyo headquarters in Nakano.

Masashi KAKI Design Flower Design - Tokyo, Japan

WA flower design lesson by flower designer Masashi. WA means “harmony” and "Japanese style" in Japanese.

The venue of the lesson is NAGAYA (old fashion Japanese style house)in Tokyo's SHITAMACHI (same old downtown). The house is close to 100 years old.

Masashi is National Certified Guide who is knowledgeable about Japanese culture and history. You can also gain deeper insight of Japan.

Japanese Flower Arranging is for Everyone

Thanks to the rich history of ikebana, a variety of schools, styles and interpretations are available to interested practitioners of all levels – and there is no better place than Tokyo to learn and experiment with this simultaneously old and modern practice of Japanese flower arranging that blends art, spirituality and nature. With ikebana’s links to sado the tea ceremony, you may also want to try experiencing and even learning how to conduct the ceremony.