Ikebana has been spreading all over the world. Here in the United States, we can find a lot of Ikebana related associations and organizations as well as instructors who are teaching Ikebana. However we seldom find Ikebana arrangement selling at a floral market or floral shop. Not only at the market but also at the event halls for weddings and funerals etc., we seldom find Ikebana arrangement. As far as we are oncerned we have never seen Ikebana arrangement selling at the market or displayed at event place except at Japanese restaurants.
What is the reason behind this situation ? We guess as follows:
1. Compared with American or European style flower designers, the absolute number of Ikebana artists are much much smaller.
2. It usually takes more time to make Ikebana arrangement than western style arrangement.
(frog: needlepoint holder to hold flowers) known as one of popular items used for Ikebana arrangement is very heavy and not disposable (can be used for almost lifetime). This device is much more expensive than floral foams. If Ikebana arrangement must be delivered to customers from a floral shop or through FTD sales network, Kenzan must be also delivered together with arrangement. If delivered together with arrangement, the price of flower will be much more expensive.
4. To do Ikebana arrangement, you need to use more sensitive and detail oriented attention, which makes it difficult to make mass production of the same designs.
5. No matter which type of Ikebana arrangement it is, Moribana or Nageire, it is not suitable for transportation and delivery due to the shape of container/vase and weight of Kenzan.
In short, Ikebana arrangements do not work out for doing floral business in America. Therefore as far as you learn floral arrangement for doing floral business in the United States, western style floral design (either American or European arrangement) is much better and recommendable.
Above comments do not mean Ikebana is not attractive and not popular in the United States. There are many people who love Ikebana that creates totally different kind of atmosphere compared with western style flower arrangements. As far as they learn Ikebana to learn Japanese traditional culture and enjoy designs as one of hobbies, it is very good and you MAY become an enthusiastic fan of this Japanese traditional floral art.
California Flower Art Academy
offers programs of Ikebana arrangement as well as European floral designs. Depending upon your taste and purpose of learning floral designs, you can make a right choice. For those who have no previous experience, we recommend following programs:
A. Ikebana arrangement:
B. European arrangement:
If you would like to learn floral art more deeply, find your favorite program from the Entire Range of Programs
we offer. For busy people who cannot join weekday and daytime lessons, we offer Weekend Class
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REMARKS: We do not offer Ikebana Arrangement Instructor Course. None of our Ikebana courses is designed for training students to become Ikebana Instructor.
Here is YouTube video introducing Ikebana arrangements by Ikenobo School at Nikkei Matsuri 2013. The source of this video is kvandry