What we will do
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. This traditional and formal art may seem esoteric, but this is not the case. Anyone is capable of creating a fantastic work of art by themselves after acquiring the basic concepts and fundamental skills of this art.
Learning ikebana promotes a better understanding of the Japanese view of nature; a crucial step in appreciating the unique aesthetics, emotions and thoughts that merge to create this visual art form. Flower arranging used to be a required "mannerism" for well-educated men, such as samurais or monks.
Since you have travelled to this "strange island" it would be a waste not to experience our genuinely unique culture!
Experience Traditional Japanese Culture - Your opportunity to be part of Kyoto -
You can experience traditional Japanese culture, such as tea ceremony, calligraphy and ikebana, at Ami Kyoto. The foundation of Japanese traditional culture was laid in the Muromachi period. At that time, people called "ami" protected and promoted the emerging culture, including noh dance and the tea ceremony. They were priests who served a shogun or feudal lord, and sowed the seeds of our classical aesthetic values. Ami emphasized equality, virtue, harmony and calmness in their contribution to cultural development. "Ami Kyoto" continues to spread their spirituality which still underlies the Japanese culture of today.
It is a unique opportunity to be able to spend time inside a traditional machiya or Japanese townhouse. Kyoto was once filled with these simple wooden houses. Ours is about 80 years old and we think you'll agree it is still beautiful. Please come and immerse yourself in a quaint, yet elegant space.
Where we will meet
From JR Kyoto Station
Take the subway Karasuma Line, transfer to Tozai Line at Karasuma-Oike Station and get off at Higashiyama Station. 3 minutes walk from Exit #1.
Take Kyoto City Bus #5 and get off at "Jingumichi" or #100 and get off at "Okazaki-koen Bijutsukan Heian-jingu-mae" bus stop.
・To Taxi Drivers
What I will provide
- Introduction: Introduction of essential knowledge about ikebana, its history and background.
- Instruction: By watching the instruction, you will learn the basic concepts, allowing you to grasp an image for your own work.
- Hands-on: Try to create an ikebana art work yourself! We'll give you a hand when you need it.
- Please make your online reservation by 5:00pm on the day before your booking.
- For a Monday class, please make your online reservation by 5:00pm on the previous Saturday since our facility is closed on Sunday.
- Please arrive on time as the ending time for each workshop is fixed.