Mami Flower Design School

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A Message from the Principal

Hello!
Welcome to Mami Flower Design School.

Founded in 1962, Mami Flower Design School was the first flower design school in Japan. Since its establishment by the President, Mami Kawasaki, we have continued to propose new ways and ideals for flower design whilst staying true to her original principles, and have grown today to a network of 350 schools throughout Japan and overseas.

At our school, flower design is about realizing pleasure in our daily lives through contact with flowers and plants as well as encouraging every individual’s distinctive sense of imagination. The compositions you make here will surely colour your days with a wealth of creativity.

Some 180,000 graduates, including acclaimed flower artist Keita Kawasaki, are actively engaged in various fields, leveraging their unique sensibilities and the skills and techniques learned here.

Why not come and experience and enjoy the beauty and splendor of flowers and plants with us? We look forward to welcoming you!

Keisuke Kawasaki
Principal, Mami Flower Design School

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Learn designs you can really make the most of in your daily life ♪

Seasonal flowers are used in every lesson. From bouquets and arrangements to designs for Christmas and New Year, every lesson is full of hints to adorn your days with pleasure.

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Study at your own pace ♪

Enjoy lessons at your own pace, whether on the way home from work, or at the weekends etc.
※Lessons are usually conducted in Japanese however please feel free to contact us to arrange for tuition in English.

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Take lessons in our original design technique, Hanakubari ♪

Create compositions through the clever use of every part of the plants instead of floral foam or kenzan flower holders. This is an original technique taught only at Mami Flower Design School.

Flower Design Course

The Flower Design Course, centered around fundamental designs including floral arrangements and wedding bouquets, offers students the opportunity to learn the skills for working with flowers as well as the enjoyment of flowers in daily life. Students can also pursue a formal qualification in teaching, making it a recommended course for those wishing to put their newly gained knowledge to use in a professional capacity.

Beginning

This programme is intended for those new to flower design. Enjoy the natural world around you at your leisure and without pressure, interacting with flowers and plants at your own pace. At the end of the course, students will have mastered the fundamentals of flower design and be able to create their own arrangements and bouquets.

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This course builds on and cements the basics acquired in the Beginning course. It is packed with valuable content, including lessons on wedding flowers and greenery for interior decoration.

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Fully employing the knowledge and techniques gained to this point, this course develops students’ powers of inspiration and expression. Let your individuality shine through as you create your own compositions!

Specialist Course

This course refines students’ techniques in preparation for qualifying as an instructor. The curriculum is characterized by the wide variety of specialist knowledge covered, not just limited to the flower design domain but also encompassing areas such as the science of colour and display design. The lessons also provide a great opportunity to expand your network of contacts with similar aspirations.

Instructor’s Certificate

Having completed the Graduate Course, now it is time to try for the Instructor’s Certificate! This qualification will open up a whole realm of possibilities, not only the ability to run a Mami Flower Design accredited school, but also opportunities in the world of design, or in setting up a private business to name just a few.

Over 8,000 students have gained their Instructor’s Certificate during the school’s 52-year history and numerous graduates have achieved success armed with the techniques and sensibilities honed during their time at Mami Flower Design School. You too can take the first step into a new life with confidence!

Hanakubari Course

Hanakubari is one of the techniques applied to floral arrangements. Instead of using floral foam or kenzan flower holders, flowers are secured in place with natural materials such as branches, leaves, vines, stems, roots etc. For example, branches are woven together or rolled into a ball, or leaves are layered one on top of another to create what is known as kubari (meaning support) in which the flowers (hana) are then arranged. Compositions are created paying attention to the relationship between the kubari and the vase and the overall balance with the flowers. The Hanakubari Course offers students the chance to learn these techniques and sensibilities.

Beginning

Familiarize yourself with the characteristics of different natural materials through direct contact with various plants, weaving together branches, layering leaves one on top of another and so on. This course covers the basic techniques of hanakubari.

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This course deepens the knowledge and basic skills acquired in the Beginning Course. Lessons focus on specific vases and the types of hanakubari that are most attractive and best suited for each.

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Students make free use of their imagination whilst leveraging all the knowledge and skills acquired to this point to create compositions full of originality. From mastering the different ways to use a particular material to completely new discoveries, you are sure to experience the true joy of hanakubari.

Location

Omori Sanno School

Omori Sanno School
Omori Sanno School
Omori Sanno School
Omori Sanno School
Omori Sanno School
Omori Sanno School
Omori Sanno School

Mami Kaikan, 2-11-6 Sanno, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143-0023
TEL:03-3774-3986 FAX:03-3774-3910

About Founder

PresidentMami Kawasaki
Born in Hokkaido, Mami graduated from Missouri Valley College, USA in 1954. After returning to Japan, she worked as a newspaper journalist. In 1962 she founded the Mami Flower Design School, the first professional flower design school in Japan. Since then she has been a pioneering force in the Japanese flower design world. She is considered one of Japan’s leading flower designers, with numerous engagements both at home and overseas and her teaching, lectures and multiple publications are the focus of much attention. Her published works include “Lovelier and Lovelier, Flower by Flower” (Kosaido Publishing), “The Infinity Through Flowers” (Kodansha Ltd), “What Appeared to Me from Beyond the Flowers” (Chuokoron-Shinsha, Inc.) to name a few. Her latest collection is due to be published by Kodansha Ltd in 2015.
A Message from Mami Kawasaki
I personally have experienced and learnt so much from flower design - the innumerable plants, the mystery of life, the thrill of encounters, the fact that we must all have humility in the face of nature ... I have also had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know so many people through my lessons.

Flower design is not just about creating compositions with flowers; I believe we ourselves, before we know it, are being designed by the power of nature. I am proud to think that flower design is in some way contributing to making us better people – strong, beautiful, genuine and enduring ... just like the plants.
Principal and Floral Culture ResearcherKeisuke Kawasaki
Keisuke was born in 1965 in Tokyo. He graduated from Graceland College, USA in 1989, majoring in history and political science. He is currently the Principal of Mami Flower Design School and teaches comparative floral culture theory as part of the Flower Design Graduate Course. He also teaches at the Japan Flower Design College and is a member of the Society for Ethno-Arts. He is actively engaged in researching the floral cultures of Japan and other countries around the world, writing for various publications and conducting education programmes. In recent years he has focused on researching and establishing his theories on the floral culture of India. His writings include “Time Connected by Flowers – A Book of Floral Art Culture” (Kodansha Ltd).