Ohara School of Ikebana Ottawa Chapter

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Curriculum 2020


A revised Ohara School curriculum took effect on January 1, 2020.


 The curriculum is being revised to meet the following three objectives:

1. Introductory Course to 4th Term Master’s Course

 Allow students to experience the appeal of the Ohara School from an early stage, and to encourage them to continue studying Ohara School ikebana.

2. Term Master’s Course to 1st Term Master’s Course

Clarify the expressions that can be studied at these higher levels. This will make the qualifications more meaningful and valuable which in turn will motivate other students to aim for these higher levels.

3.  Introduce a new textbook system


(Please refer to the new curriculum chart.)

1. The name of the course a student enrolls in will correspond to the student’s current qualification.

Under the new curriculum, the name of the course a student enrolls in will correspond to the student’s current qualification. For example, a student who attained an Instructor’s certificate will next enroll in the Instructor’s Course. This will show that the student is qualified for that level and is working towards the next level up.  (Currently, the name of the course a student is enrolled in is the name of the next level a student is aiming for.)

  1. Course units

With the exception of the 3rd Term Master’s Course, which will be discussed below, the number of units for each course will remain unchanged from the course it corresponded with under the old curriculum. For example, the number of units to complete the newly named Beginner’s Course (formerly Advanced Course) will be 16. The price of certificates will remain the same as well.

The number of units required to complete the newly named Instructor’s Course and 4th Term Master’s Course will continue to be 48 units each. However, reference to the study period of one year will be removed and a student can take the 48 units over any length of time.

For the newly named 3rd Term Master’s Course, the study period will remain 3 years but reference to the number of units required for completion (144 units) will be eliminated.  In other words, regardless of the number of units taken, a student cannot apply for the Associate 2nd Term Master’s certificate until at least three years after obtaining the 3rd Term Master’s certificate.

  1. Moribana and Heika will be introduced earlier in the curriculum. The number of units to study Moribana and Heika will increase.

Students will first study Moribana in the newly named Beginner’s Course. Heika will be introduced in the newly named Assistant Teachers’ 1st Term Course  and the number of units of study will increase. For each course, the styles and number of units required for both Moribana and Heika will change.

  1. Required units will be clearly indicated. Review units can be chosen freely.

The required units of study for the forms and expressions under the Ohara School classification system will be clearly indicated. For the review portion, a student can review any that was studied previously.

Hana-isho under the New Curriculum

Hana-isho Kihon (Basic) 

 Tateru-katachi (Rising Form)

Kihon (Basic)

Ohyo (Variation)

Katamukeru-katachi (Inclining Form)

Kihon (Basic)

Ohyo (Variation)

Hana-isho Tenkai (Advanced) 





  1. In Hana-isho, the Tamen-sei (Multi-Sided View) for both Hiraku-katachi (Radial Form) and Narabu-katachi (One-Row Form), as well as Yosooi (Combined Form), will be eliminated.

The Tamen-sei (Multi-Sided View) for both Hiraku-katachi (Radial Form) and Narabu-katachi (One-Row Form) in Hana-isho Tenkai (Advanced Hana-isho) will be eliminated. These two forms will be composed only in the Shomen-sei (Front View) and will be called Hiraku-katachi (Radial Form) and Narabu-katachi (One-Row Form). Some of the rules for arrangement have been revised (see pgs. 36 – 37). Mawaru-katachi (Circular Form) will remain unchanged, but Yosooi (Combined Form) will be eliminated.

In Hana-isho Kihon (Basic Hana-isho), the use of low bowls or tall vases will no longer be indicated. Either may be used while studying this form.

6.  Addition of Jiyu Hyogen (Free Expression)

Jiyu Hyogen (Free Expression) has been added to the newly named 4th Term Master’s Course and 3rd Term Master’s Course. Jiyu Sosaku (Free Style) will now be incorporated into Jiyu Hyogen.

7. The minimum qualifications required to study Rimpa-cho Ikebana, Bunjin-cho Ikebana and Shohinka for the first time will be set.

Students cannot study these expressions until they have achieved a certain degree, and not any earlier. This is to ensure that a student has met a certain standard that qualifies them to study these advanced expressions. In turn, this will add value to the certificates issued at these levels.

 A student can first study Rimpa-cho Ikebana only after attaining the Associate 2nd Term Master’s degree.

A student can first study Bunjin-cho Ikebana only after attaining the 2nd Term Master’s degree.

A student can first study Shohinka only after attaining the Associate 1st Term Master’s degree. Shohinka has been newly added to the curriculum.


  1. Teach all the required subjects for each course, abiding by the required number of units or length of time.
  1. Be flexible and select subjects of study for the review units according to the individual needs of each student.
  1. Adhere strictly to the new minimum qualifications required to study the different expressions at the higher levels. Not doing so will impact the value of the qualification.


カリキュラム改訂にともない、国内の教材が刷新され、資格ごとの必須科目を解説したカード形式のものとなります。この翻訳版(英語・中国語)を作成し、家元4級取得までに学ぶ花型のカードを1冊にまとめたものを海外会員向けに販売する予定です。 なお、琳派調、文人調、小品花の教材についてはカリキュラムに明記された一定の資格を取得している会員のみ購入可能となります。

花意匠「ならぶかたち」「ひらくかたち」の規定変更と、「よそおい」の廃止 以外に、花型の定義や規定の変更はありませんので、それらをご確認いただいた上であれば、引き続き、Ikebana for Everybody をお使いいただけます。改訂箇所については、その変更点を十分ご理解いただき、確実にご指導ください。海外支部、SGには追って購入方法をお知らせします。

New Textbook System for Overseas Members

With the introduction of the revised curriculum, a card system will replace the existing textbooks. At each level, students in Japan will be issued cards that explain the required units of study for that level. For overseas members, a translated version (English and Chinese) of all units of study through 4th Term Master will be available for purchase as one set. Members will be able to purchase cards for Shakei Moribana Shizen-hon-i (The Realistic Method in Landscape Moribana), Rimpa-cho Ikebana, Bunjin-cho Ikebana and Shohinka only when they achieve the relevant qualifications as indicated in the new curriculum.

As explained before, new rules have been established for Narabu Katachi and Hiraku Katachi;  the Tamen-sei for these two forms, as well as Yosooi, will be eliminated.  Please take time to understand the changes and teach accordingly. Teachers may continue to use Ikebana for Everybody to teach other forms and styles whose definitions and rules will remain unchanged under the revised curriculum.

Overseas Chapters and Study Groups will receive information on how to purchase the set of cards at a later date.