|My re-arrangement of Ikebana flowers after class|
Ikebana is a very hard art form to master. Despite being a popular easy class, our teachers graded us critically and would point out whose arrangement was the best in the class each week. Ikebana requires good math skills especially in geometry; angles play a big party in the art. There were a lot of times when I wanted to give up because my own arrangement wasn't aesthetically pleasing or correct. In fact, I think each arrangement I did had a mistake in it that the teachers would correct.
Still, despite the struggles, it's a part of the Japanese culture. Flower arranging can be very soothing, in the right situation and atmosphere. Maybe I cannot focus or relax in a classroom setting, or maybe to me the concept and reasoning behind flower arrangement isn't clear to me yet. I still learned a lot, and I learned a new Japanese art (even if I'm poor at it). I don't regret taking it at all, and if I don't get that A I thought I would, it's still fine. Because if there's one thing I've learned while I'm in Japan, it's that the grade doesn't matter as much as the experience. Sometimes you sacrifice a little to gain something immeasurable.