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My family of 4 (2 young-adult children) did the flower arranging with Kimi. The lesson takes place in a machiya, with tatami mats on the floors (so shoes are removed), which adds to the experience.
Kimi was very engaging, and clearly knowledgeable about Ikebana and its history. She made the lesson a lot of fun, and we highly recommend this! We each did our own arranging, then Kimi gave suggestions on how, just by moving a branch or making a small cut, we could improve our creations. We really enjoyed our time with her.
A note about the location: I did print out the "instructions for taxi drivers" in Japanese from the website, but the taxi driver still seemed a bit concerned, continually looking at the paper I gave him. Despite this, he found the top of the street, pointing that it was just "over there" as we got out of the car. I was concerned that he was just trying to get rid of us, but after walking up the road a bit, we found it. I say this only so people will add a few minutes to travel time, to allow for this.
An excellent experience. I learned things about the Japanese language that I never knew before. We learned all of the fundamentals about starting calligraphy including how to create our own ink, very interesting. We also were exposed to the incredible skill that is required to do calligraphy in an reasonably decent way. There is so much mastery that is required to do this well. While I was not good at this, our instructor was so patient and supportive and this helped greatly. I LOVED having the opportunity to start to learn about this art. I strongly recommend this experience and I especially recommend Amy Kyoto's studio. They know what they are doing. Anyone who has even a minor interest in calligraphy and for those who want to learn about different aspects of traditional Japanese culture will find this experience rewarding.
Mari was an amazing host! Very knowledgeable about the customs and traditions surrounding the ceremony and she did a great job demonstrating and teaching us before we tried ourselves. My friend and I were lucky enough to be the only ones booked into mid afternoon slot that day so we essentially had a private ceremony. It was a fantastic experience to relax on a warm spring afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Kyoto for an hour or two.