Ikebana club at Nishi Koko is really a great club, I feel like I am part of a family when I join these classes. The teacher loves to chat enthusiastically to everyone, (unfortunately for me all in Japanese) but that doesn’t stop her talking away to me, which I appreciate and enjoy. She is a great character, the teachers and students seem to adore her quirky nature. She arrives, does a demonstration which we follow and then we spend the rest of the class fixing each other’s displays and talking about anything and everything. Having Ikebana after school on Friday’s is a wonderful end to my week, not to mention the beautiful flowers I can bring home to my apartment.
Over the classes I have learned the basic formation of any arrangement is to follow the three quarters rule. You have a base flower which stands tall at the rear of your display, this is divided into three and you can place flowers/ leaves only at the 1/3 mark or 2/3 mark. The flowers and leaves should either fall to the right of this main stalk or face straight towards you, not to the left.
I normally try desperately to watch her every move and copy it exactly which ends with me doing it all wrong, this time I remembered the thirds rule and just went for it myself, she was praising me all class on my beautiful display and wonderful improvement!