Q: Can I include ikebana work I do with my teacher?

A: Yes. You can include any ikebana work you make. You can continue your regular ikebana class, while joining this program. We welcome all ikebana schools. 


Q: Can I join the Zoom Session even if I have not reached the target number of works?  

A: Yes. But you had better make extra works to catch up your target soon. We don’t allow the program to be extended more than 3 years (See the next Q&A). 


Q: I could not make 1008 works to complete the program in 3 years. Can I pay extra and extend my program?

A: No. You have to start again from zero.  


Q: Is “Hana Gyoja” a qualification? 

A: It is a title rather than a qualification. You can use it while you are working under the program. 

Generally we obtain qualifications such as Bachelor of Art, Master of Fine Art etc. from tech schools or universities, and titles such as director, manager, shihan etc. from business organisations or private cultural institutions including most ikebana schools. We usually lose our titles when we leave the organisation. However, we usually will not lose our qualifications and we are not required to pay any extra fee to keep it.   


Q: Can I make more than 1 work a day to reach my target?  

A: Yes.  


Q: Can I make more ikebana works than the target number?

A: Yes. You may try to reach 1095 works (365 X 3) or more in 3 years. 


Q: What kind of ikebana work should I make?

A: Any ikebana work you can think of. When you are very busy, you may make a tiny work using a flower and a leaf. It is highly recommended to make at least one work a day, and not to spend a day without touching flowers. 

You can review and pick a topic from Ikebana Aesthetics Program (Zoom Ikebana Dojo).  


Q: Can you use unconventional materials if flowers are not available to you each day?

A: Yes.


Q: I made ten ikebana works for my client in a day. They are all the same design. Can I count as ten ikebana works?

A: It’s up to you, but we usually think it is one work. 


Q: What do I learn in this program? 

A: We hope that you will learn the importance of regular & continuous practice. Our goal is not to teach special techniques or design tips (there are many courses that focus on those topics in ikebana). If you are looking for an ikebana course that may change your life, join us. See also the next Q&A. 


Q: Can I join 1000 Ikebana Challenge while doing Ikebana Aesthetics Program?

A: Yes. That may be a good option for some. 1000 Ikebana Challenge is to support your self training. We encourage you to practice ikebana regularly, but we don't teach much in the program. On the other hand, Ikebana Aesthetic Program intends to teach the basics of ikebana systematically and concisely, and how to meditate with flower materials. Our two programs are different but compatible. You may start the two programs together for greater results. 


Q: I payed for 3 years. What happens if your annual fee increased? Do I have to pay an additional fee? 

A: No. In this case, you don’t need to pay additional fee for the 3 years to complete your program. 


Q: Do I have to use Hana Gyoja logo for my social media? 

A: No. It’s up to you. But indicating that you are in this difficult journey (one of the most difficult ikebana courses in the world) shows your dedication to ikebana to public, which will help you commit and complete the program. 

Also that would help increase recognition of this program, and recognition of your achievement once you complete it. Please post your works to Ikebana Gallery Facebook page as well. 


Q: What are the requirements for the Orientation?

A: Our orientation and other Zoom sessions in 1000 Ikebana Challenge will run just like our sessions in Ikebana Aesthetic Program


(1) Do your assignment. Make your ikebana work before the session.

(2) Take a photo of your work (less than 0.5 Meg.) and send to ikebana.dojo@gmail.com at least 24 hours before the session starts if you want detailed feedback. Send only one photo of your latest work. 

If your orientation is on the second day of your 1000 Ikebana Challenge, send the image of the 2nd work of your journey. If the 2nd work is not ready, send the image of the 1st work. 

(3) Join the session. We will give some feedback based on the photo you sent. If the session starts from noon, our schedule is as follow. 

11:55 AM Australia/Melbourne: Please join the session, and check your connection etc.

12:00 PM Australia/Melbourne: Let’s start session together.

12:30 PM Australia/Melbourne: Session closes

(4) Enjoy "show and tell" by other participants before and after your own presentation. Group interaction is helpful for your learning. Works by others can inspire you.

(5) Rework based on the advice from our facilitators. Send the image of your revised work to Ikebana Dojo, 
ikebana.dojo@gmail.com.

(6) Share a photo of your work to Ikebana Gallery Facebook Page. See how to apply for Ikebana Gallery Award if you are a student.

Q: For future Zoom sessions, how does reworking the arrangements work with so many arrangements? Do you only show the 84th arrangement over Zoom or do you share all the arrangements you've done over the quarter?

A: Send only one image of your latest work. We will review it on our Zoom session. 


Q: I have no idea about what kind of ikebana to make everyday. 
A: Just relax and enjoy yourself until you find your own way to continue and make doing ikebana your daily routine. Here are some suggestions to help guide your practice:

  1. This may be an option for many advanced students. Prepare materials. Meditate on them and make an arrangement simply to make your flowers joyous. Note that the design emerges from your materials rather than from your thinking. If you try to manipulate materials to impose your designs on them, there is division between flowers and you. Probably that is not the way of flower. Meditate to go beyond the division between subject (me) and object (flower). You soon will find that making ikebana is a joy, or a peaceful meditation. You will become able to make flower arrangements every day just like some people offer daily prayers.   
  2. If the above option does not work for you at the moment, just repeat the basic styles at least 100 times. It is interesting to find that many people dislike basic styles, in particular outside Japan. Ikebana Aesthetic Program Level 2 in Zoom Ikebana Dojo focuses on basic styles, and Level 2 is almost always unpopular with fewer enrolments. Making basic styles is very beneficial for your development as an ikebana artist. You can learn most of the essential ikebana principles. Making effective or perfect ikebana basic styles seems to be quite challenging for ikebana teachers outside Japan. Some move on to making “unique”, “individual”, “creative” ikebana works too quickly, and their works are sometimes not poetic. It seems that a lack of mastery of the basic styles of ikebana is related to a lack of poetry. 
  3. Follow and repeat Ikebana Aesthetics Program which has 24 topics.  
  4. Observe and analyse masters' works carefully. We can learn so many things from this exercise. Apply what you learn from your observation to your own creation. Don’t just copy designs. Superficial imitation is a waste of your time. What you have to look for are essence of poetry or things like more abstract principles, or simple colour coordination. We have access to many excellent works by masters on social media. The Ikebana Gallery facebook page is an excellent resource for this exercise.