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Ikebana and Flower Arranging in Osaka
Japan is known for its kimonos, sake, and Tea Ceremony. The delicate art of flower arranging is another product of Japan. Known as Ikebana and translated as “arranging flowers” the practice of creating beautiful pieces began in the 7th century when people started to leave flowers at altars across the country. The first real change in the tradition was seen when people put flowers in a special place in the home called the tokonoma alcove. The rituals with flowers would not see much of a difference until the 16th century when Buddhist tea masters used flowers in worshipping Buddha. The tradition was called Mitsu-gosu ko. In Osaka, guests can now partake of the ancient art. Ikebana has grown to over one thousand schools of style throughout Osaka, Japan, and the world. Ikebana is also known as kado or the “way of flowers”. Historians have researched the Japanese art of flower arranging and believe the origins of current Ikebana styles came from not only Buddhist traditions but Shintoism beliefs regarding benevolent spirits residing in nature as well. Ikebana is much more than just sticking flowers in a vase. Flower arranging is an art requiring patience and discipline. Unlike other types of flower arrangements that focus on bountiful blossoms, Ikebana encourages using other parts of a plant including the leaves, stems, and stalks. Often minimalism is attributed to Ikebana, but not all Japanese flower arrangements use that form. The pottery or vase can be attractive and draw attention, or it may be used as a mere holder or container. There is a spiritual aspect to Ikebana for the people who practice the art form. Ikebana is an opportunity to slow the mind, release stress and be in tune with nature.
- Discover Ikebana, the art of flower arrangement.
- Learn the origin and history of Ikebana
- Flower arranging is a long held tradition.
- Ikebana focuses on the art found in nature.
When in Osaka a visit to the Maikoya must include Ikebana, the art of flower arrangement. You will learn about the history of Ikebana from a teacher with years of experience in the art. The instructor is familiar with different techniques and styles and sharing knowledge about the art form. If you are searching for a novel experience that is also relaxing and soothing Ikebana is a perfect choice. Students will receive four fresh picked flowers to use in their arrangements. Although there are guidelines or rules for Ikebana, the result comes from personal choices while giving thought to what you wish to communicate. Ikebana encourages the relationship between the student and the natural world. Practitioners often work in silence or a quiet area. A peaceful environment is conducive to allowing daily stresses to fall away and the creative process to begin. Ikebana will change your view of the world. Art and beauty are found in many places, including unlikely and overlooked areas. Ikebana calls for the elements of your arrangement to be simple. The focus of Ikebana is on the form rather than a bursting cornucopia of brilliantly colored masses of blossoms. The materials for Ikebana are abundant in nature. Flowers are often incorporated but in small numbers. Appropriate materials can be found anywhere in the natural world. A simple stem, gracefully curved and weathered to a warm color can make an outstanding beginning to an attractive and meaningful work of art. When you have completed your Ikebana creation, you may take it to your hotel to enjoy for the remainder of your visit to Osaka.
- An accomplished teacher will help you understand the ways of Ikebana.
- Guests are taught the basic foundation of flower arranging.
- Four fresh flowers will be given to each guest to make their arrangement.
- Take your beautiful creation back to your hotel to enjoy for the remainder of your stay in
Included4 different types of flowers
MAIKOYAMaikoya Contact the Host
Address: 1 Chome-22-7 Shinmachi, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 550-0013
Book online and get your voucher via email instantly!Maikoya Osaka offers unique cultural experiences where visitors can engage in various cultural activities such as the traditional tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy, origami, kimono dressing and much more. Maikoya Osaka is the only place in Japan where visitors can meet and chat with a maiko in training anytime of the year.
Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people through activities and lessons such as tea ceremony, kimono dressing, Japanese cooking and the life of a samurai, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend a day than learning a traditional, beautiful new activity with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn’t find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendor. *** Please let us know if you have any food allergies, Halal, vegan or vegetarian preferences.Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
1- Do you accept walk-ins? For tea ceremony, kimono experience, calligraphy and the samurai experience we accept walk ins. However, there is a possibility that you may need to wait sometime to be served if you show up without any reservation. So, we kindly recommend reserving in advance.
2-Do you have kimonos for kids? Yes, we do have small size kimonos for kids. Just let us know the age/height of your child in advance.
3- Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day? This depends on the season.Some seasons we allow the customers to walk outside and take pictures. We have the kimono rental option, for a small additional fee you can stroll the streets of Osaka or visit Osaka castle by wearing a kimono for the rest of the day.
4- Do you provide any hairdo services? Yes (for females), we will make sure you look your best and your hair matches the traditional kimono style.
5- How far is your location from the Dotonbori area? How far is your location from Umeda? It is about 18-minute walk or 6-minute taxi ride from Dotonbori. It is about 10-minute train ride or a 15-minute taxi ride from Umeda.
6- Do you hold your activities in a Japanese house? I want to see inside of a Japanese house. Yes. You have to take your shoes off to get in and all the rooms have the interior like a traditional Japanese house.
7- Do you have discounts if I want to experience multiple events at once?. For individuals we usually can't offer any discount as we need to prepare for each activity in advance. For groups more than 4, who want to experience multiple activities, please drop us a message with the subject title multiple activities for groups.
8- Do you only show activities or you explain the meanings, symbols etc?. We are the only place that is supervised by college professors and and focus on cross-cultural awareness. Our experiences are lots of fun and also quite educational.
9- Do you have a souvenir shop where I can get matcha tea, tea ceremony set, calligraphy set, replica swords etc. to remember my experience?. Yes, we have a gift shop on the first floor.
Call Maikoya: 06-6556-6257