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.
I spent a fascinating day learning not only about ikebana but also about Japan and the people. Thank you so much, I would recommend this to anyone. Katie
Kimi was a wonderful teacher. After a morning spent learning about the principles of Ikebana and practicing flower arrangement with Kimi, my friends and I went for a hike in Kifune and found ourselves looking at nature with a refreshed view. Kimi taught us to appreciate the "movement" and "stability" created by the natural curves and shapes of plants. It was such an enjoyable experience and a great introduction to Ikebana. Highly recommended!
Just perfect ! So interesting and the teacher was so nice ! Perfect !
Very friendly, knowledgeable host and easy to understand. We attended both ikebana and tea ceremony. There was a good balance of history/concept and hands on/demonstration. Fantastic experience!
Amazing experience, loved the way the teachers showed us the ritual and also let to practice us ourselves.
Amazing experience. I learned a lot. I enjoyed that there was a lot of practice. I kept all my papers, it's a great souvenirs.
Everything I expected from a calligraphy class - history of calligraphy and the importance of it, skills needed and its uniqueness. Japanese Calligraphy is not easy but I will practice more. Will definitely be becoming back.
The tea ceremony was very enlightening about how and why it is done. The two women did an outstanding job showing and explaining plus including us in the process. I highly recommend this ceremony as it will give you a wonderful insight into Japanese culture.