After European floral arrangement was introduced to Japan during 1980's, Japanese traditional floral art called Ikebana has been less popular in Japan. It looks like the majority of Japanese young ladies has been directing their mind to European floral art rather than Ikebana and consequently Ikebana has been losing its popularity in Japan. By the year of 2015, the term of "FLOWER ARRANGEMENT" in Japan has become to mean European floral arrangement unless they clearly mention the word "Ikebana". Then where is Ikebana gone ? Although the majority of Japanese women has been paying attention to European arrangements, there have still been very enthusiastic fans and supporters of Ikebana although the absolute number of fans who like European floral designs is much higher especially among young people.
After the information became to spread all over the world through the internet and online technology, it looks like the Japanese culture became even more popular outside of Japan. Especially to the Japanese traditional culture, many people outside of Japan can now easily access and Ikebana is now revalued by many people all over the world.
In addition to Japanese traditional food represented by Sushi, clothing called Kimono and Yukata, old time warrior called Samurai and Ninja, traditional hotel called Ryokan where people can enjoy Tatami mat and sleep on traditional "sleeping platform" called Futon, the traditional floral art called Ikebana seems to be getting more and more fans from foreign countries.
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