The Art of Ikebana With Asae Takahashi of HANADOJO - Atlas Obscura Experiences

The Art of Ikebana With Asae Takahashi of HANADOJO

$230 per person Online Experience
4 sessions
Up to 16 people
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$230 per person
$230 per person
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What We’ll Do

In this 4-part seminar, learn the history and techniques of Ikebana, a centuries-old Japanese floral art.

Course Description

Join Asae Takahashi, certified instructor and founder of HANADOJO, for an introduction to the history and art of Ikebana, an ancient form of Japanese floral art. Dating back at least 600 years, Ikebana is deeply rooted in an appreciation of nature and inspired by fluctuations in the natural world across the four seasons. Over the course of four weeks, we’ll explore the relationship between nature and lifestyle in ancient Japan, trace the history of the art form as a practice used among monks, and engage with the study of Ohara-style Ikebana—considered one of the most established schools of Ikebana in the world. Together, we’ll not only master fundamental techniques and create several arrangements, but also cultivate a meditative practice that can develop ethical awareness and a strong sense of inner power and wellbeing.

Upon completion of this course, participants may have the chance to receive an international certification at an additional cost.

Syllabus at a Glance

There are four total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for two hours on four Thursdays beginning May 13.

Session 1 (Thursday, 5/13, 6:30–8:30pm ET): Introduction, Ikebana history and practice two basic arrangements

Session 2 (Thursday, 5/27, 6:30–8:30pm ET): Artistic leaders during the age of civil wars and practice two basic arrangements

Session 3 (Thursday, 6/3, 6:30–8:30pm ET): From basic inclining form to advanced radial form

Session 4 (Thursday, 6/17, 6:30–8:30pm ET): Graduation ceremony

Between Sessions

Before the start of our course, participants will be assigned a brief tutorial video to watch in preparation for the first class. In order to complete the course, students should expect to make at least one arrangement and take a graduation quiz during the final session. 

Course Materials

You can order many of these materials from HANADOJO. Once you register, we will provide you with a discount code for $5 off.

  • Plate (a pasta bowl, or any shallow dish about 10" in diameter and a maximum of 2” in height)
  • Kenzan-Floral Arrangement Pin Needle Holder, 4x3” or equivalent size
  • Scissors
  • Wire
  • Floral tape
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Cloth
  • Water
  • Flowers (more details will be provided prior to class)

Students should complete registration and order supplies by Sunday, May 9 at the latest to ensure that they have enough time to get the materials and prepare flowers.

Pricing Options

If you are unable to pay the ticket price for this course, a limited number of no-pay spots are available to increase accessibility for students, regardless of economic situation. Please note that this option is first-come, first-served, and reserved for those who would not otherwise be able to take this course. To learn more about our approach to pricing, including no-pay options, please visit our FAQ page.

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Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to the class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access your course via Zoom on each scheduled date and time.

About Your Instructor
Asae Takahashi
Asae Takahashi

Asae Takahashi is a certified instructor of “Ohara School of Ikebana," the president of Ohara School of Ikebana NY Chapter, and the founder of HANADOJO, which delivers renowned authentic Ikebana experiences in NYC. A graduate from NYU’s Master of Arts program, Asae was a successful choreographer and performer who, after becoming a mother to two kids, recognized the importance of ethical education for children and the deep connection of ethics to many Japanese cultural activities. As a result, she established the NY-based Zenshow Jyuku, home to educational programming that has engaged students’ hearts, inspired children to create a reforestation project in partnership with One Tree Planted, and more. In 2019, she founded HANADOJO as an umbrella program, the premier destination for authentic Japanese Ikebana 道場 (DOJO) in NYC devoted to the Ohara School of Ikebana. You can follow HANADOJO on Instagram (@hanadojo_ny).

What Else You Should Know

This is an interactive, small-group, seminar-style course that meets over Zoom. Students may be invited to participate in discussions, workshop their projects, and receive feedback from the course instructor.

In most cases, instructors will use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Classroom, instructors will be using this platform to post resources, discussion questions, and assignments, when applicable.

We provide closed captioning for all of our courses, as well as transcripts upon request. Please reach out to us at if you have any questions, requests, or access needs.

Group Size

There are 16 spots available on this experience.

Dates and Availability
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