Level II – Nov. 29 – Tatehana

This lesson will introduce you to a very ancient Ikenobo design that is greatly admired today.  Tatehana is an original style of Ikenobo for which little is known, but it is now coming back into popularity as an Ikenobo style. It is the personification of simplicity and peacefulness in an Ikenobo design.  It also has very few rules!

We will create either a traditional or a more modern Tatehana, depending on the materials we are able to acquire. Our own sensei, Stephanie English, will be teaching this lesson based on her workshops with this style.

Please bring:

  • Small container about 9″ tall with an appropriate kenzan.  Kenzans for this arrangement are generally about 1-2″ in diameter. Given the delicate nature of these designs, larger containers are less suitable for these designs.  However, if that is all you have, then bring it.  We will have 2-3 tatehana containers available for sale with their own kenzans for about $75 (vase and kenzan).
  • Pebbles to raise your kenzan to within 1/2 inch of the top edge of your container.  Pebbles must be no larger than your little finger nail.
  • Wire, tape, wire cutters, pliers, pinchers etc. are required equipment for this class.   Wire and tape will also be available for sale at the lesson.
  • All floral material will be provided.
  • Please examine the picture above and bring your own line material.  Please note that the material is small and delicate in stature.
  • Check the Resources page of this website for a list of what to bring to class

Please read:

  • Invitation to Ikenobo  – Rikka I page 1-4

We arrive at 9AM and set up for class and make any necessary ginza purchases.  The lesson begins at 9:30 and you are generally on your way home by 2PM and you have probably enjoyed your own bag lunch with us!