Ikebana (flower arrangement)
Dating back to the seventh century, ikebana or ‘flower arrangement’ is a Zen practice deeply rooted in Japanese culture. Ikebana was initially devised with the sole intention of adorning prayer altars, but has flourished into an art of its own. During the 15th century, a Buddhist monk by the name of Senno founded the first and most prestigious ikebana school dubbed Ikenobō. More than a means of assembling beautiful floral décor, ikebana calls for attention to the process of creation and promotes patience, among other virtues. Iloha Culture Centre in Bangsar is one of few centres in KL offering instruction in the art of ikebana. Tutelage under Joo Hong Teh, an ikebana enthusiast for 15 years and a trained Ikenobō instructor, is conducted in two languages (English and Mandarin) and suited to students aged 12 years and above.
21-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Bangsar, KL (03 2202 2800; except on Mon & Tue). Ikebana introductory course, RM420 for 6 consecutive lessons.