From person to person the purpose of learning Ikebana is different. Some people have interest in Ikebana as one of flower arranging techniques and skills. Some are interested in Japanese traditional cultures. That is why they started to learn Ikebana. Some people happened to stay in Japan. During their stay in Japan, they became to have interest in Japanese culture. Or some people would like to learn Ikebana which, they believe, is a gate for entering into Japanese culture.
In any case, learning Ikebana is not only learning floral art but also learning and becoming familiar with another culture of another country that is Japan. Many of Japanese women from a decent family (or high society) used to learn Ikebana for earning good manner and etiquette in addition to earning a flower arranging skill of Japanese traditional floral art. And earning such manner through learning Ikebana was preferably done before getting married. Of course after getting married they continued to work on Ikebana in their daily life.
As a matter of fact, not only Ikebana but also "Sado" (Japanese tea ceremony) is learned for earning a manner and etiquette in addition to earning the way of enjoying Japanese traditional tea. People who have never experienced to get involved in Japanese society MIGHT have some kind of difficulties to understand what above means. However if you have experience of living in Japan or deeply involved in Japanese community, you must have noticed that Japanese culture is quite unique on the earth. Especially when it comes to manners, etiquette and politeness etc., many of foreign people feel quite impressed.
This kind of culture can be experienced through learning Ikebana from a typical Ikebana instructor teaching in Japan. When learning Ikebana outside of Japan, students have some kind of limitation for experiencing the manner, etiquette and polite way of greeting etc.which is usually done in a TATAMI mat classroom in Japan (TATAMI mat is not used in daily life outside of Japan. Instead they use chairs, which makes another kind of life style with a different kind of manner and etiquette).
Although there are lots of restrictions for learning real Ikebana and real manner when learning outside of Japan, we can still find many people who would like to learn Ikebana. If you love floral art and have interest in learning Ikebana, California Flower Art Academy
We offer several programs for Ikebana as introduced below:
You can take lessons of Ikebana throughout the year in San Jose (Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County) and also in Burlingame (San Mateo County close to San Francisco Bay Area). For busy people Weekend Class and Evening Class are also available. For more information, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org