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Ikebana arrangement skill does not satisfy the floral business needs in America

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Once in a while prospective student wants to sign up for Ikebana arrangement course so that she wants to engage in floral business in the United States. If the business she has in her mind is running a floral shop or engaging in wedding or funeral floral decorating services, the skill of Ikebana is not useful because the style of flower arrangement by Ikebana is different and such style of floral decorations are not used for regular floral business in America.

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If students want to learn floral arrangements for the purpose of doing floral business in the United States, it is recommended to learn American style (or European style) of arrangement. Some students do not have any idea about what is the difference between Japanese Ikebana arts and American/European floral arrangements. Therefore the school is required to explain the difference between these two floral arts before they sign up.

What is going to happen if a prospective student has a plan to have her own Ikebana class to teach Ikebana arrangement. In order to implement this idea, the student wants to learn Ikebana arrangement. If that is the case, there should be no problem. In this particular case, this student is required to complete Ikebana arrangement instructor course (if available).

Quite frankly speaking floral arrangements/decorations selling at a floral shop in the States are made according to American style of floral designs (or European style). Floral designs handled by FTD are also arranged according to American style. None of these designs follow the style of Ikebana arrangement. Also all the wedding and funeral flower decorations are made according to American/European way of arranging. That is why Ikebana arrangement does not fit the business demand in the United States.

The vast majority of students who belong to Ikebana arrangement class learn Ikebana strictly for hobby. They want to learn Japanese traditional floral art just for fun and enhancing the level of their culture. Above does not mean that the experience of learning Ikebana does not help them learn or brush up on their American (or European) style flower arranging skill. If they would like to learn European floral arrangement after earning a decent skill of Ikebana arrangement, they can master European floral designs much more quickly than people who have no Ikebana arranging skills.

If you are interested in learning Japanese traditional floral art, California Flower Art Academy can help. For those who have no previous experience of Ikebana, Ikebana Short Seminar program is recommended. The lesson fee for this program is less than $100 covering flowers, Kenzan (frog: needlepoint holder) and Suiban (shallow type container). Also Ikebana Arrangement Course (from Elementary to Advanced) is offered. California Flower Art Academy has been teaching local residents in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Mateo County) and Silicon Valley (San Jose) since 1990 as a floral school certified by Flower Decorators Association (Tokyo Japan). For more information, feel free to contact



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