What happened during 1980s ?

Although Ikebana has a very long history in Japan, many of Japanese young ladies currently prefer European floral designs to Ikebana arrangements. During 1980s, a new type of floral designs called European flower arrangement landed on Japanese island and many of young women began to show keen interest in this newly introduced floral art.

In a sense this is a kind of revolutionary event in the Japanese floral design industry.
Unlike Japanese traditional Ikebana. European arrangements use floral foam (aka "Oasis") instead of Kenzan (metal made frog to hold flowers) and this floral foam is much easier to use. Historically Japanese young women learned Ikebana not only for earning Ikebana skills but also for earning etiquette/manners.

Therefore learning Ikebana was quite popular among young women who grew up in a high society (or decent families) and many of them mastered Ikebana before getting married. However learning European floral arrangements do not require them to follow such strict manner. On top of that, not only the daily manner and culture but also the way of floral decorations were influenced by American (or European) system.

Being such situation European flower arrangements were considered a very convenient and practical way of floral decorations not only for domestic flower display but also for business oriented floral decorations such as wedding and funeral flower arrangements.

Even before the mid of 1980s, many of Japanese young people were fans of cultures and fashions which originated in Europe. This kind of situation helped push Japanese floral market to expand European way of decorations rather than traditional Ikebana.

In addition to above mentioned reasons, in order to really master Ikebana, people are required to be patient to spend lots of time and money. Needless to say, for becoming a certified instructor of Ikebana, it was mandatory to clear various difficult hurdles. Even after becoming a certified instructor, they are apt to be bound by various rules established by a school (some of them are clear in writing but some of them are not always clear). People who were raised and affected by American culture MAY not be able to justify themselves to follow such traditional rules.

Despite of above situations, Ikebana is still popular in Japan among some people, most of whom are old timers compared with fans of European floral arrangements.
Currently while the population of European floral arranging artists are increasing, the population of Ikebana artists are in the direction of decreasing, which is the current situation in Japanese floral design industry.

Regardless of the situation in Japan, we can find more and more people (outside of Japan) now show keen interest in learning Ikebana. If you are interested in experiencing Ikebana arrangement, why not join under mentioned AFFORDABLE programs that are recommended for entry level of students and the curriculum is modified and arranged so that people in the United States can accept.

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