You'll start off your morning with a complimentary coffee or tea in the historic cafe/bar space at Kinse Ryokan while chatting a bit about the history and art of Japanese flower arrangement, known as "ikebana." Your workshop guide is an American transplant to Kyoto who has earned permission from the Sogetsu school of ikebana to teach flower arrangement and can give you insight into the ways in which ikebana and seasonal plants are intertwined with life and culture in Japan.
Next, you'll learn about the necessary tools for creating flower arrangements, tips/techniques for preparing your floral materials, and the proper way to set up your arranging workspace. You'll get a personal demonstration, showing how to create a classically styled ikebana arrangement. After this, it's your chance to try your hand at an arrangement of your own. Workshop size is limited to four people to ensure that you can spend your morning unhurriedly working with your flowers, receiving individualized advice and guidance along the way.
After your arrangement is finished, there will be plenty of time to take photos of your work before you head out, refreshed, for the rest of your day in Kyoto.