◆Writer: Mika (DeepExperience Content Creator)
▼A previous lesson, the instructor's on the right.
Why not spend more time with flowers?
How often do you all usually see flowers everyday? In flower beds on the side of the road? In flower shops that you pass by? Maybe you keep some at home in a vase? I think many people don't get the chance to see them at all.
So this time, we’re going to talk about Fooraku’s Ikebana Class, where you can take some time to appreciate the beauty of flowers.
If you’re coming from Osaka Station, walk to Nishi-Umeda Station and take the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line to Hommachi.
It’ll then take about 6 minutes to walk to the venue.
▼Go out from exit 28, and you should see a FamilyMart.
From there, make your way through Utsubo Park and on to the venue.
After you arrive, the instructor will first take you to get flowers.
▼The flower shop, planage.
Cute shop, isn’t it? When we get here, we’re greeted by seasonal flowers at the entrance.
Their fragrance fills the air and instantly, I’m in a happy mood.
▼There’s lots of variety
▼The instructor asks me what color I'd like and helps me choose the flowers.
After we finish, it’s finally off to the classroom.
Time to start!
There may be people who have the impression that flower arrangement is a bit formal and strict, but with Fooraku, that isn’t the case. Here, we’ll learn tips on how to practice Ikebana while having fun.
▼Inside the classroom
▼There’s a view of green leaves and vegetation outside
▼First, the instructor gives us the history of Japanese flower arrangement and a simple explanation of the basics.
▼As he gives us more instructions, we put it together one piece at a time.
▼It may be difficult to decide on the placement, but trust your own intuition!
Have some tea and relax!
After the ikebana class is done, the instructor serves some tea with a small snack to go with it.
▼A Japanese sweet and matcha green tea prepared by the instructor.
Over tea, we talked about lots of different things. It could be a good opportunity for you to ask not only about Ikebana, but anything related to Japan.
※You can take the flowers home. (Only the flowers, so you’ll have to remove them from the containers)
Even if you're a complete beginner, it's okay!
If you don't have any experience or aren’t the artistic type, it's no problem! The instructor will start from the basics, so don't worry and just go at your own pace. And when it comes to flowers, it's not like there's only one right way to do things. Do what feels right to you and find your own way ^^
Just being surrounded by the smell of flowers is really soothing.
If you start to feel tired of the city, why not take a break and give the Ikebana Classroom a visit? A relaxing space is waiting for you here.