Ikebana students are required to have the following tools. If you need to purchase tools, the suggested Amazon links are attached, however, tools do not have to be purchased from the link. The instructor has Kenzans ($25) and Scissors ($38)and Container ($46) in stock available for purchase to be picked up upon appointment from the Japanese Culture Center.
- Kenzan (3.5 x 2-5/8″)
- Ikebana Scissors – suggested (Option 1)
- Ikebana Scissors – suggested (Option 2)
- Ikebana flat vase
- For this workshop: Ikebana Rising Form, students also need to purchase flowers of the following varieties:
- One kind of main Subject material: (3 stems – at least 28 inches long) Liatris, Bells of Island, thick stem Delphinium, Gladiorus or Calla Lilies (or other straight material)
- One kind of Object material: (3 stems – at least 20 inches long) Lily, Rose, Peony, Sunflower or Hydrangea (or similar size flowers)
For these flowers, a rough estimate of the cost for for one lesson/workshop will be $15-$20. Flowers can be purchased at Jewel Osco, Whole Food, Marianos, or you may wish to use flowers from your own garden if available.
Ohara School of Ikebana
The Ohara School of Ikebana was founded by Unshin Ohara (1861-1916). Unshin explored the fields and mountains and tried to develop a style of ikebana to express the beauty of natural scenery. He also searched for ways to arrange Western flowers that had just begun to be imported into Japan and created a new style called Moribana. It is considered to be the first brilliant step in modern ikebana. Unshin’s sensational introduction of Moribana brought nearly all Ikebana schools have their own Moribana style today.
Yuko Inoue Darcy
Since 2005, Ms. Inoue has been teaching Ikebana in Chicagoland. She is a member of and an instructor in the Ohara School of Ikebana, both in Japan and in the U.S. Originally from Japan, Ms. Inoue practiced Ikebana, Tea Ceremony and Incense Ceremony from a young age. She moved to the U.S. where she received a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Then she accepted a teaching position at West Side High School, a public high school in Gary, Indiana.
Currently, Ms. Inoue is an active Ikebana lecturer, exhibiter and demonstrator who travels nationally and internationally. She has an active study group in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her principal teachers are the late Hougyoku Hirai, the late Kazuko Ernst, and Houhatsu Takeuchi. Ms. Inoue was also an Aikido student under the late Fumio Toyoda Shihan, founder of the Japanese Culture Center and Aikido Association of America/Aikido Association International.