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Ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement, is a very relaxing activity using seasonal Japanese flowers and leaves. Your teacher, Kayoko, is a Sogetsu Ikebana instructor who has been teaching Ikebana in English to people from all over the world for the past 3 years.
In this activity, you will be able to enjoy the art of Ikebana by learning a basic Moribana Style in a local Japanese house.
5% discount for 2 people (7505 yen/person)
10% discount for 3 people (7110 yen/person)
Start at 13:30 and end at around 17:00 (3.5 hours or longer)
*Depending on the length of your visit to Arimatsu
English: Business ★★★☆☆
Japanese: Native ★★★★★
Meet the host, Kayoko Kondo, at Meitetsu Zengo Station. It takes about 20 minutes from Meitetsu Nagoya Station. From the station, she will take you to her house by car which is a 10-minute drive away.
Enjoy the private Ikebana lesson with the certified Sogetsu Ikebana instructor, Kayoko. She will give you a brief lecture on the history of Ikebana and her demonstration with some seasonal materials.
After that, you will experience the art of Ikebana with the guidance and support of Kayoko. Enjoy your time with the fresh materials which she carefully selected at her favorite flower shop. When you are finished creating your work, she will take some photos of your work in a proper setting. The photos will be sent to you by email.
Kayoko will serve you some tea (Matcha if you like) with some Japanese sweets. Since Ikebana is relaxing but also requires a lot of energy, this is the time to take a short break.
And then, Kayoko will drive you to Tokaido Street in Arimatsu, her hometown which takes around 20 minutes. The area preserves historical buildings and was designated as Japan Heritage in 2019. It is famous for its tie-dye technique that has been passed on for more than 400 years. Depending on your interest, Kayoko will take you to some Shibori (tie-dye cloth goods) shops and to some historical buildings.
If you are hungry, maybe you can get something to eat together (the food price is not included in the experience). She can be with you during your visit to Arimatsu. The town people do not speak English, so whatever questions you have during your shopping, Kayoko will be happy to translate for you.
When you are ready to leave, she will take you to Meitetsu Arimatsu Station (two stops toward Nagoya from Zengo Station) where your Ikebana experience ends.
The host will pick you up at the ticket gate of Zengo Station and drive you to her house (10-minute drive).
The host will tell you the brief history of Ikebana and give you a demonstration of the Ikebana Moribana Style.
You will do the Ikebana flower arrangement with the host’s guidance. Kayoko will give you feedback about your Ikebana work and take photos of you and your Ikebana. This part of the experience takes about 1 to 2 hours.
Enjoy some typical Japanese sweets and Matcha green tea after finishing your Ikebana.
From Kayoko’s house, it’s a 20-minute drive to Arimatsu. Where you will stroll around the town with its historic buildings and visit the shops that sell tie-dye goods.
When you are ready to return, Kayoko will take you to Meitetsu Arimatsu Station where your experience will end.
I am a Sogetsu Ikebana Instructor of first grade. I regularly teach individuals and groups of both Japanese and non-Japanese people. I am very friendly and have good knowledge of the Ikebana background and Ikebana techniques.
During the time with me, you will not only experience the Ikebana but also walk Arimatsu Town which has been designated as Japan Heritage. It is located on the old Tokaido Street and has 400 years of history of tie-dyeing industry. Arimatsu is my hometown, and I would like more people to visit there. So, I’d be happy to give you a short tour and if you are interested in shopping, I can be your interpreter at some stores as well.