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Floral Design Class in San Jose
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  What we offer
  European design-I
  European design-II
  Japanese Ikebana-I
  Japanese Ikebana-II
  Wedding Arrangement
  Wedding Corsage
  Wedding Pomander
  Bridal Bouquets-I
  Bridal Bouquets-II
  Table Arrangement
  Table Arrangement-II
  Table arrangement-III
  Basket Arrangement
  Vertical Arrangement
  Horizontal Design
  Pomander design
  All round arrangement
  Funeral Arrangement
  Easel mounted wreath
  Christmas wreaths
  Garland type wreath
  Parallel Arrangement
  Heart Shape Design
  Green Leaf Design
  Tea cup arrangement
  Candle arrangement
  Gift box arrangement
  Corner Arrangement
  Crescent Arrangement
  Pumpkin Arrangement
  Hall Arrangement
  Curve Arrangement
  Chair Arrangement
  Fall leaf arrangement
  Garden arrangement
  Long cube vase design
  L shaped arrangement
  S shape arrangement
  Fall arrangement
  X'mas arrangement
  Vertical glass container arrangement
  Cubic glass vase arrangement
  Tropical flower arrangement
  Curved line arrangement
  Underwater arrangement
  Geometric arrangement
  Unique & Creative Floral Arrangement
Affordable Floral Design Class in San Jose
Convenient Floral Design Studio in Bay Area
Small Group Class System for Semi Private Lessons
Majority of students have no previous experience
You can be a floral artist
How To Become a Florist
DIY wedding floral decoration project
Seminar of Corsage & Wrist Band for Prom & Wedding
From European designs to Japanese Ikebana
Flower Arrangements for Church Decoration
Are you on a tight budget ? No problem.
Hands on training of ONE ON ONE instructions
Basket Floral Arrangement
Wedding Head Table Floral Arrangement
Cascade Type Wedding Bouquet
Wedding Cake Flower Decoration
Vertical Glass Container Flower Arrangement
Creative centerpiece with no container
Graceful linear curve in Ikebana arrangement
Easel Mounted Flower Wreaths
Gellery of Bridal Bouquets
Welcome guests with floral decorations
Variety of programs for busy people
European design or Ikebana arrangement ?
Weekend Floral Design Class
Weekend Ikebana Class
Evening class and weekend lessons are available
Evening Ikebana Class
Learn floral designs from wedding to funeral
You can start from Introductory Program for $98.
Affordable Weekend Ikebana Class
Flower design skill as a lifetime property
We help you help others with floral arrangements
Ikebana: Japanese Traditional Profound Floral Art
Do You Know Kenzan and Suiban for Ikebana ?
Blend European design and Japanese Ikebana
Kenzan: Lifetime Ikebana Tool
Have You Heard of Garden Arrangement ?
Floral Arrangement Using a Substitute Vase
Florists and Floral Designers are Welcome to Our School
Floral Designs Help Enrich Your Life
Funeral flower service stabilizes business
Fresh cut and fresh water help flowers live longer
Custom designed floral arrangements
Support to graduates
Need a friendly & talented floral design instructor ?
Floral Design Studio in San Francisco Bay Area
3 kinds of hand-tied wedding bouquets
Compact size centerpiece for table arrangement
Centerpieces for weddings in the coming spring
Compact centerpiece on the table and window side
Arrangement for the end of fall season
Unlimited opportunities with flower arranging skills
Winter is over shortly and wedding season coming soon
Enthusiasm helps you become a good floral designer
No flowers available. You can still enjoy Ikebana
Set up your floral arrangement objective for this year.
Learned floral designs ? Then how about Ikebana ?
DIY Wedding Flowers: Save and Make money
Looking for an artistic hobby helpful to live a happy life ?
Ikebana Arrangement Elementary Course
Ikebana Arrangement Intermediate Course
Ikebana Arrangement Advanced Course
Table Arrangement Centerpiece Program
Course Completion Certificate

Do You Know Kenzan and Suiban for Ikebana ?

Are you interested in Ikebana ?  Ikebana is a Japanese traditional floral art having a long period of history. This particular floral art is different from European or American style of floral arrangement not only in its history but also in the concept and method of arrangement as well as the tools used for decorations.

Like we usually use floral foam to support flowers in a container when making European floral arrangements, we use what is called "Kenzan" that is made of metal.
On the flat metal plate, there are uncountable number of needles into which flower stems are inserted to hold flowers. Kenzan is very heavy because of its materials and it can be used almost forever. Therefore it can be used repeatedly unlike floral foam used for European arrangement.

One more well known item often used for Ikebana is called "Suiban". This is a shallow and flat type container. It is designed so that Kenzan can be easily placed in it. Due to these types of items, we can make a little bit different kind of floral decorations compared with European or American style arrangements.

While most of European arrangements feature and focus on flowers (petals), Ikebana arrangements often feature and focus on green leaves and curly branches. Sometimes we can find Ikebana arrangement that does not use even a single piece of flowers/petals.

By using Kenzan, we can arrange even thick (and a little bit heavy) branches on Suiban. We often enjoy arrangements featuring graceful curve using curly stuff such as willow etc that offers a totally different kind of atmosphere compared with European arrangements.

If you are interested in learning Ikebana arrangement, why not join California Flower Art Academy offering under mentioned affordable Ikebana programs:

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The left side Ikebana arrangement shown above is made by a student of California Flower Art Academy. The picture of right side is from Wikipedia. We picked up above arrangements only because it is easy to find "Kenzan" and "Suiban" actually used for Ikebana Arrangement. (For details about these terminologies, continue reading). Ikebana arrangement uses different type of tools as shown below. The left one below is called FLORAL FOAM (famous brand is "OASIS") which is used for European or American style of floral arrangements. The center one (below) is what is called "Kenzan" used for Japanese Ikebana Arrangement. This is also called Needle Point Holder. If the word of "Kenzan" is written in Chinese character, it means "Sword Mountain". There are so many needles mounted on the iron pad which is so heavy and good for holding flowers/flower stems. In the case of Floral Foam, it is made of chemical stuff and easy to use. Stems of flowers can be easily inserted into Floral Foam. The right one below is called "Suiban" which is a flat type container used for Ikebana Arrangement.

If you are interested in learning Ikebana Arrangement, why not join our school ? We offer Ikebana Short Seminar Program for only $98 and also Ikebana Arrangement Elementary Course. For further information, feel free to contact

Those who need more information about Kenzan, CLICK HERE. Also for Suiban, CLICK HERE.


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If you are looking for reliable floral design instructors or flower arranging classes that offer quality lessons with cheap, inexpensive and affordable tuition, why not join California Flower Art Academy who is certified by Flower Decorators Association (Tokyo, Japan). We help you earn practical floral design skills by way of hands on training of ONE ON ONE instructions (semi private lessons). We have classrooms in Silicon Valley (San Jose, Santa Clara County) and also in the San Francisco Bay Area (Burlingame, San Mateo County). If you live in this area you can easily commute to and from our school. We help you earn practical skills from European floral designs to Japanese Ikebana, wedding to funeral decorations and short seminar to official courses.

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