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Akane Teshigahara was born in 1960, the second daughter of Hiroshi Teshigahara, film director, and third Iemoto of Sogetsu School. Her grandfather is Sofu Teshigahara, the first Iemoto. She learned ikebana from Kasumi Teshigahara, her aunt and second Iemoto from her early childhood. She was brought up in an artistic environment. As the leader of Sogetsu which cherishes “free creation,” she planned and produced a street exhibition “Sogetsu Hana Avenue” in Omotesando, Tokyo in 2000 wishing to convey the charm of ikebana to a wider range of people and that annual exhibition continued for six years. She has created her works in various spaces including Tokyo International Forum and Roppongi Hills. In recent years, seeking a new way of ikebana, she has engaged in “Iemoto Ikebana Live,” a live demonstration of the entire process of making sumptuous ikebana works on the stage with sound and lighting effects, in various places throughout Japan. 2011 marks the 10th year since succeeding as the fourth Iemoto, and her solo exhibition “Heartlines” was held in Spiral Garden in Aoyama, Tokyo. She inaugurated “Akane Junior Class” in 1989 in the hope of giving children a chance to develop their sensibility through ikebana and has been dedicating herself to teaching. She is now expanding her activities in various fields including stage arts, jewelry design, and collaboration with dancers, musicians, calligraphers, and other artists. With her fresh and original sensibility, she has established her own style by being in tune with the times.
Akane says, “Ikebana is arranged by putting your heart into it. The charm of ikebana lies in the fact that the expression will be different depending on time, place, and person who arranges it in spite of using the same container and material. Considering various conditions such as light and wind together with their surroundings, I try to create a work which has an inevitable reason for being ‘here’ at ‘this moment.’ I would like to find the style of ikebana that enables me to express my originality.”

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Iemoto Ikebana Live in Nagoya, the Prunier Hall, Nagoya, October 2009

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A solo exhibition “Fantastic!
Japanese harmony - Akane Teshigahara
cherry blossom,” Toraya Midtown Galleria Store,Tokyo,March 2009

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A welcoming arrangement :
The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit,
the Windsor Hotel TOYA Resort & Spa, Hokkaido, July 2008.

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A solo exhibition “Heartlines” Spiral Garden, Tokyo, May 2011


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