Thorough explanation of Wagasa’s history, types, and production process

What is Wagasa? It is not clear when it was introduced to Japan, but it began to be seen in the Heian period (794-1185), when paper manufacturing technology was improved and bamboo craftsmanship was introduced, and it is still being produced today. Although the structure to open and close the umbrella is the same as that of the Western style umbrellas that are now mainstream, the materials used are different, and there are also differences in the way they are used and managed. While Western-style umbrellas are made of cotton, silk, nylon, polyester, etc., Wagasa umbrellas are made of bamboo for the shaft and the bone, and oiled paper treated with persimmon tannin or linseed oil is used for the umbrella cloth to make it waterproof. Wagasa history Wagasa, invented in ancient China, was used by nobles to ward off […]

What is the difference between flower arrangement and ikebana?

Kado is one of the traditional cultures of Japan. Many people may think that Kado = ikebana , but in fact, Kado and ikebana are very similar and different. In this article, we will explain the differences between Kado and Ikebana, their origins, their respective images, and how to learn them. In the latter part of the article, we also discuss the difference between Kado and Ikebana and flower arrangement, which has become popular in recent years as a way to learn flower arranging. Please read to the end and take this opportunity to understand the differences between ikebana and kado. What is Kado? Kado is one of the three Japanese traditional cultural traditions, together with Sado (tea ceremony) and Shodo (calligraphy). It is said that the origin of Kado dates back to the Sui and Tang Dynasties in China, […]

History of Kado and Ikebana Explained

In Japan, there has been a concept of “Do” since ancient times, as in the words “Budo” and “Geido”. This is not only a simple system of techniques, but also a culture that combines spiritual cultivation and respect for civility, and sublimates it into a philosophy. Of the many “Do”, flower arranging is the main focus of “Kado”. Also known as ikebana, ikebana is a culture that embodies the spirit of hospitality unique to Japanese culture, and is much loved by many. In this article, we will give an overview of the history of Kado and Ikebana. Origins of kado The act of “picking flowers and offering them to others” has been identified as a very old example in the present human species, Homo sapiens. Traces of this practice can be found in Israeli cemetery sites dating back to 12,000 […]

Basic Ikebana Arrangement Techniques for beginners enjoy

Ikebana, a Japanese traditional culture, may have a strong image of being a formal and difficult art to learn. However, if you have a basic knowledge of ikebana, you can create ikebana works that can be used to entertain guests at home or to decorate family events. In this article, we will introduce basic knowledge of ikebana that even beginners can try. The Basics of Ikebana Ikebana is a Japanese traditional culture in which flowers and plants are arranged in vessels to create works of art. Ikebana is created by arranging as few flowers and plants as possible to create a work that makes the most of the space. The basic principle of ikebana is to carefully observe the flowers and plants, and to use not only the flowers but also the branches and leaves to create a work of […]

What is Kado? Basic Knowledge for Beginners

Kado is a Japanese traditional culture in which seasonal flowers and plants are arranged in vessels to enjoy the beauty of the flowers and the space they create. Some people may not be able to start because of the image that it is difficult to learn without proper etiquette and sense of style. Kado can be enjoyed in daily life as long as you learn the basics, although the content of what you learn differs depending on which style of kado you choose. In this article, we will introduce the history of kado, the necessary tools, and the basic knowledge of the major styles for those who are learning for the first time. What is kado? Kado is a traditional art form that allows both those who arrange flowers and those who appreciate them to fully enjoy seasonal Japanese flowers […]

How do I get Kado license ? What you can do with a license and how to get one.

After practicing Kado (Japanese flower arrangement), you can get an Omenjyo (certificate), which certifies the skills and knowledge you have acquired. The content and name of the diploma varies depending on the style, but it can be listed as a qualification on your resume. If you become proficient enough to obtain a higher level of diploma, you will be able to take on apprentices and teach them. In this article, we will explain how to get a license, which is one of the goals of learning Kado, the costs involved in obtaining a license, and the differences between licenses for different schools of Kado. What is the “Omenjyo” qualification for Kado? When you start practicing Kado ( Japanese flower arrangement ) and continue to practice and become more proficient, you can obtain a “Omenjyo” a qualification of Kado. There are […]

What is Japanese Traditional Costume?

What is Japanese traditional costume? The Japanese traditional costume is the kimono. This term was created in the Meiji period (1868-1912) as western style clothing entered Japan. This time, we would like to introduce Japanese traditional costumes, including their history before they were called kimonos. The History of Japanese Traditional Costumes The kimono originated in the Jomon period. Men used to wear a piece of cloth called kanpui, which was just a piece of cloth wrapped around the body, and women used to wear kantoi, which was a piece of cloth with holes in it through which the head would stick out. The upper half of the garment was made up of a tube-sleeved garment, while the lower half was made up of an ayui for men and a kinumo for women. The ayui is a trouser-like garment that is […]

Introduction to the basic tools you need to have if you want to do ikebana

To do ikebana, you will need special tools for ikebana, not the same tools you normally use at home. In this article, we will introduce the minimum tools you should have if you are going to start ikebana and where you can purchase them. Tools needed for ikebana Those who are starting ikebana for the first time or attending ikebana classes need to start with the necessary tools for ikebana. At a minimum, the following three tools are required for ikebana. Flower scissors Hana shears are scissors specially designed for cutting flowers. They are sharper than ordinary scissors, so they can cut beautifully without crushing the stems. Flower scissors are divided into two types depending on the shape of the handle: “vine hand,” which is ring-shaped, and “warabi-te,” which is shaped like a wild vegetable straw. They range in price […]

Introducing some of the representative styles of Kado and Ikebana.

Did you know that there are different styles of kado? Ikebana refers to flower arranging itself and can be enjoyed freely as a hobby without being bound by a style, but some kado styles offer ikebana classes. This article therefore provides a thorough explanation of the kado styles, including the three representative styles in Japan, known as the three main styles, and the characteristics of the seven representative styles, including the three major styles. If you are interested in kado or would like to try it, please refer to this article to find the style that best suits your taste and sensibilities. What are kado styles? Kado was established in the Muromachi period (1333-1573) and spread as part of the education of women in the aristocratic and samurai families, and is still passed down today. Each kado style has its […]

What is the Tea Ceremony? History and manners explained

What image comes to mind when you hear the word “Japanese Tea Ceremony”? Many people may have the impression that it seems somehow difficult. The tea ceremony is one of Japan’s representative traditional arts. The tea ceremony has detailed rules of etiquette, but even beginners can behave politely if they fully understand the meaning of each of them. This article introduces the tea ceremony, including its history and manners. Even if you have the impression that the tea ceremony is highly prestigious, please take a look at the contents of this article. What is the Tea Ceremony? The Japanese tea ceremony is a ritual in which tea is prepared and served to guests in a calming atmosphere. It is also called sado. Powdered powdered green tea and hot water are placed in a tea bowl and stirred with a bamboo […]