Absolute number of female students who learn floral arranging is much higher than that of male students. Not only regarding students but also floral artists actually working in the floral design industry, we find the number of women is much higher than men. However there are well known floral designers, instructors and floral school owners in the United States and Japan as well.
Our floral design school in California also has male students once in a while and it looks like most of them learn floral art mainly for the purpose of running their own floral shop. Quite frankly speaking, as far as floral shops need to handle fresh flowers that are perishable, it is a hard job and it MAY be difficult for some women to do this job. The job of handling fresh flowers and water needs a muscle power pretty often and in this sense men can do a job more easily than women.
As far as the job is limited only to floral designs, arrangements and decorations, strong muscle power is not needed. Quite unfortunately muscle power is required for handling fresh flowers and carrying water in buckets and displaying cut flowers in the floral shop or preparing fresh flowers at a classroom after procuring them at the market. Therefore running a floral shop may be harder than you think.
In connection with male floral designer, I would like to write a little bit about Ikebana. Historically in Japan, founders of Ikebana schools were men. As a matter of fact all students who learned Ikebana during the initial stage were men because all of such students were Buddhist priests and monks. Namely Buddhist priests and monks were deeply involved in bringing the culture of Ikebana arts from the Asian Continent to Japan together with Buddhism. Ikebana was originally the floral art for decorating altars of Buddhist temples in Japan. And this art gradually became popular among so many people in Japan.
Incidentally not only founders of historical Ikebana schools but also founders of Japanese tea ceremony schools were also men who took the initiative of establishing and spreading these traditional cultures in Japan although the majority of current students who learn Ikebana and tea ceremony are women.
Regardless of the gender, floral art is widely loved by so many people all over the world. As a flower design instructor, I have been teaching flower arranging to uncountable number of students in Japan and also in the United States. I found some of male students did have a very sophisticated and artistic sense that helped them make beautiful floral designs. If they are business savvy, I am pretty sure they can do a nice job as a floral shop owner as well as a floral designer. If you visit video site such as You Tube and search floral design or flower arranging, you can easily find flower arrangement is not the art exclusively for women.
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