While Japanese traditional floral art called Ikebana is becoming more and more popular outside of Japan, the pupulation of Ikebana fans in Japan has been decreasing. This situation began back in 1980's when European flower arrangement was introduced in Japan. Reflecting the influence from America and Europe on so many things in Japan, the Japanese original floral art becomes much less popular than before among Japanese people although we can still find very enthusiastic fans of Ikebana especially among old people.
Despite the above mentioned trend, once we take a look at the situation outside of Japan, so many things reflecting Japanese culture are getting more and more popular. Not only in Asia but also in Europe and North America (United States and Canada) various things including but not limited to food, cooking, sports, animation and durable consumer goods are becoming popular. Floral art is not exceptional.
Frankly speaking we can find two big categories in Japanese floral arrangement as mentioned below:
A. Japanese traditional floral art called Ikebana.
B. Japanese modern floral art blending beauties of Ikebana and European designs.
Among young women, European floral arrangement is very popular in Japan and it looks like the population learning (or working on) European style floral design is much larger than Ikebana fans. After European floral art was introduced in Japan, many of Ikebana instructors started to teach European arrangements or adopted or transformed the class into European floral arrangement studio in order to keep young generation of students. It seems this kind of situation created a new trend of floral arrangement and it CAN be called Japanese Modern Floral Design.
On the other hand, some of American (or European) floral artists like Line Arrangement (that is the mainstream of Ikebana) and they are adopting this way of floral decoration in their design. California Flower Art Academy has been engaged in teaching a variety of floral designs from Japanese Ikebana to European arrangements, traditional to modern designs, simple arrangement to mixed designs blending Japanese and European floral art. For viewing Ikebana Arrangemens and European floral designs, click on the following LINK:
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