We are excited to offer an Introductory Ikebana Workshop here at the Japanese Culture Center! The workshop fee is $60 which includes flowers, and an arrangement to take home after its completion.
This workshop was previously scheduled for March 21, 2020. Those who had previously registered and paid for the workshop will be automatically registered for this workshop. If you previously registered and do not attend this workshop, you will have a $60 credit on file for a future workshop.
This class will be held at the Japanese Culture Center, and new safety precautions will be in place to protect the health and safety of our students, instructors, and staff. Each student will need to fill out and sign an updated JCC waiver form before their first visit to the Center, as well as a Health Screen Questionnaire on the day of your visit. Face coverings and a temperature check are required for entry to the Center. You will be asked to maintain a distance of 6 feet from other participants. Please feel free to contact the JCC with any questions.
*Registration will close one week prior in order to obtain all the materials for the workshop.*
Students will learn a brief history of the Ikenobo school of Ikebana, and partake in a freestyle arrangement workshop. If so inclined, students may then register for the 6 week Ikebana introductory course where they can more formally train in this beautiful art form.
The course is taught by Charles Harris Sensei (recipient the Japan America Society’s Cultural Achievement Award). Ikebana originated with Ikenobo, beginning in Kyoto, Japan, as a Buddhist floral offering. Passed down through generations of the Ikenobo family and from teacher to student, Ikenobo has spread throughout Japan and around the world. Discovery and enjoyment await as Ikenobo’s principles suggest new possibility in the beauty of floral material in your own country.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. The Chicago Chapter is one of hundreds worldwide that study and teach the art of Japanese flower arranging, Kado, as taught by the Ikenobo School of Kyoto, Japan. In 2013, we celebrate our 550th year of written history and 1,000 years of oral tradition.
The Chicago Chapter was founded over 50 years ago by Senior Professor Ikka Nakashima. She is the second woman ever to receive the highest honor given outside the Imperial family, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays. The Emperor of Japan personally presented her with this award in Tokyo for her tireless service in promoting Japanese arts and culture.