The Hana Ami Blumenschule is an European flower design licensing school in Japan, founded by Japanese flower designer Kazumasa Kubo, and German Florist Meister, Gabriele Kubo.
Instructors, after having learned the teaching methods and the practial knowledges in the instructor courses, are teaching students in the student courses.There are over 50 schools in whole Japan, and more than 800 students have graduated since the start in 1998.
"Hana (花)" means "flowers. And "Ami (阿彌)" is derived from the kanji 阿彌衆, which means "Amishu", an artists' and cultural support group in Middle Age Japan. Kazumasa Kubo, who is fond of history, chose this name in the desire to create a similar professional support group for the world of flower designing.
The "Ami" sounds for European ears like "ami", which means "friend" in French, and so the name Hana Ami can also be read as "flower friends"!
As the name consists of two languages, an Asian and an European language, the Hana Ami Blumenschule is a flower school, that is able to convey European floral design to Asian learners in an easy-to-understand way.
And because the content is created by 2 flower designers from 2 continents, the design variations are more than abundant!
"Schema" means "diagram" or "scheme" in German. At the Hana Ami Blumenschule, we use the Schema as our core tool to understand floral design. All our lessons follow the "Schema" , which is our unique original.
The "Schema" helps you to understand the points of a design and it explains where the design is rooted in.
The Schema is written in German and Japanese. For foreign students, we add an English version.
You can study up to 144 items at the Hana Ami Blumenschule.
Originally created by Kazumasa Kubo and Gabriele Kubo, you will find basic designs, traditional items and handicrafts, as much as cultural items like Easter and Christmas, Strauss (bouquets), Kranz (wreathes), bridal bouquets, vegetativ and natural designs, up to modern designs and objects.
The variations are abundant!
We started in 1998 with the Instructor Courses, offering the teaching methods and items created by Kazumasa Kubo and Gabriele Kubo. Nowadays, we are proud to say that students can study our contents at the student courses of 50 schools all over Japan. At any school, you can learn with the same text, the same Schema, the same content, the same levels, the same system, and the same wonderful floral design.
There are 144 items you can learn at the student courses. They divide into four courses with 36 items each.
You can learn step by step, or choose the course you like.
After completing all the courses, you will be given the title "Hana Ami Pure designer".
Those, who have experience with flowers and want to acquire a teaching license to be a Hana Ami Blumenschule Instructor, or just want to deepen their teaching knowledge, can enter the Instructor courses which are taught by the Hana Ami Meister Instructors:
From 2019, we offer a new type of student lessons, called the collection lessons. We offer the STRUCTURE COLLECTION 4 times in this year.
I aimed at the flower design road through the influence of my mother, who was running a flower shop, and my father, who was raising and importing orchids. I went to the United States and studied merichrome technology and flower design. At that time, so-called "American" flower design was very geometric.
After that, I competed in the Interflora World Cup and met with European design for the first time. I remember, that it was a cultural shock for me. I then started to fuse European design with the Japanese floral design, and a new flower design was completed.
In hindsight, it was a completely "flower-minded" life. I always want to translate that essence into a kind of guidance. I want to spread my thoughts to as many as possible people who are interested in floral design.
Hana Ami Blumenschule Meister Instructor
I hope, that the flowers, the "Blumen" in our school's name, the most beautiful beings on this earth, combine well with the "school", the "Schule", which means for me communication and understanding between human beings. I hope, that these 2 elements just go well together, as they need each other. Beauty needs understanding as much as understanding needs beauty.
I am fascinated by the power of the peaceful flowers, their tenderness, the power of handicraft, and the ability of these factors to connect people to each other. If there is mutual understanding and respect, there will be mutual pleasure between the one who teaches and the one who is learning.
I sincerely hope that there are many beautiful encounters between the students, the instructors and the flowers, who are for sure the best teachers of all of us.
Hana Ami Blumenschule Meister Instructor