Lessons FAQ

Question 1: How do I choose a class?

Answer

All Sogetsu Ikebana teachers throughout the world use the same textbooks made up of four curricula. Each teacher, however, conducts classes with his/her original ideas added. Many of the classes welcome visitors for trial lessons (with or without the fee). It is recommended to visit as many of them as possible to find out the one that most suits you. It is also an idea to decide which classes to visit from the teachers who exhibited the works you liked most in ikebana exhibitions.

Question 2: Do students take lessons in kimono while sitting on the floor Japanese style?

Answer

Most of the classrooms at culture schools have desks and chairs as the classrooms in Sogetsu Headquarters Building do. Although some classes use Japanese-style rooms, wearing comfortable clothes for arranging flowers is advised.

Question 3: How are the class system and the fees?

Answer

In principle, students pay a fee for three lessons each month. Some teachers also conduct special classes to meet the various needs of their students. Please make sure to clarify your class system and the fee before signing up.

Question 4: When is the right time to start taking lessons?

Answer

Any time is the right time to start taking lessons. In ikebana lessons, plants and flowers of the season are used as materials and, therefore, students can enjoy studying at any time of the year. Students from 3 years old to the 90’s are all studying at their own pace. When getting interested in taking ikebana lessons is the best timing for starting it. Ikebana classes for children (from the age of 3) are regularly held at Sogetsu Headquarters.

Question 5: Can I study the traditional ikebana in Sogetsu School?

Answer

Sogetsu Textbook 1&2 contains the subjects on special materials and arrangements for festive occasions, including the ones for the New Year and Sekku (seasonal festivals), which will be studied in the respective seasons.

Question 6: What are the tools necessary for ikebana lessons?

Answer

The necessary items are Sogetsu Textbooks, writing utensils, ikebana scissors, a hand towel, a flower bag, etc. The textbooks and Sogetsu notebooks are available at Sogetsu Shuppan, and scissors, flower bags, Kenzan, ikebana containers, etc. can be purchased at Ran Inc., both on the 4th floor of the Sogetsu Headquarters Building.

Question 7: Do I need to give any honorarium to my teacher in addition to monthly fees?

Answer

Sogetsu School does not recommend it.

Question 8: Can I acquire certificates?

Answer

There are 12 levels of Sogetsu Certificates/Diplomas, from the 1st Certificate (Yonkyu) to Teacher’s Diploma 1st Grade Riji. After acquiring Teacher’s Diploma and joining Sogetsu Teachers Association, one is qualified to teach Sogetsu Ikebana. For detailed procedure, please refer to “How to Study Sogetsu Ikebana”.


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