I am a large fan of the traditional Japanese design aesthetic. Be it a ryokan, Zen garden, tea ceremony, or ikebana arrangements, there's a paradoxical complexity in the simplicity of the design. Some ikebana arrangements might look like sparse, especially when contrasted with the seemingly prevailing "big is better" trend in flower arrangements, but it's because its beauty relies on precise specificity rather than distracting clutter.
Based in the Akasaka neighborhood of Tokyo, the Sogetsu Foundation is dedicated to the elegant art of ikebana. They teach a lot of classes, and on Mondays, they run an ikebana class for non-Japanese speakers. So, on our first day in Tokyo, L (being the good sport and curious soul he is) and I traipsed on over to try our hand at ikebana.