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Sogetsu Ikebana The Joy of Creation

In 1927, when everybody believed practicing ikebana meant following established forms, Sofu Teshigahara recognized ikebana as a creative art and founded the Sogetsu School. Anyone can enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana anytime, anywhere, using any material. You can place Sogetsu Ikebana at your door, in you living room or on your kitchen table. Sogetsu Ikebana enhances any hotel lobby or banquet room, shop windows and huge public spaces. It will suit any kind of space, Japanese or Western and enrich its atmosphere.

Today’s Ikebana Places

草月劇場「花めぐり」博多リバレイン イニミニマニモ

“Anytime, anywhere, by anyone,” Sogetsu Ikebana can be created. It suits alcoves and dining tables at home as well as hotel lobbies, banquet rooms, shop windows, large public spaces and anywhere to be enhanced by adding color to the modern world.

Bamboo Installation 
Hakata Riverain eeny meeny miny mo, Fukuoka, March 2010
Flowering cherry, golden-bells, Thunberg spirea

Living through flowers


In our living environment where more and more artificial and inorganic substances are being used, flowers bring peace of mind to us. Once you have an interaction with flowers, you may come to feel like arranging them on your own to entertain someone. Ikebana can satisfy such a natural urge.

Japanese quince, dahlia/Glass vase

Flowork to Spread Beauty in the Society


FLOWORK is a coined word combining flower and work. It means to make artistic displays using plant materials in public spaces, hotel lobbies, banquet rooms, open spaces of buildings, and other various places. Sogetsu ikebanists are actively at work in this field in addition to teaching ikebana in their classes.

Window Display 

For Cultural Exchange


Not a few Japanese must have been encountered questions about ikebana or been asked to teach ikebana in overseas countries. The Japanese art of flowers is attracting unexpected attention in the world. In order to meet such an expectation, Sogetsu Textbooks are available both in Japanese and English. Ikebana classes in English are regularly held at Sogetsu Headquarters. Many ikebanists are enhancing international exchange through ikebana as a communication tool beyond language.

The 8th North American Sogetsu Seminar in Delray Beach, Florida, U.S.A., May 2009

Sogetsu Curriculum


We have prepared two textbooks to enable beginners to enter the rich world of Ikebana. The study of Sogetsu Ikebana begins with the several styles embraced by the term kakei. Students first tackle these styles and the basic techniques, along with other related arts. When students have mastered these, they are then trained to express their own ideas freely through the materials.

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To Become qualified Sogetsu Teacher

Each curriculum includes 20 lessons. If you learn three lessons per month, it will take about two years to finish the two textbooks. To master and be able to teach eighty lessons and all the necessary techniques, you will need to review some thirty or forty lessons. Then you are eligible for the fourth grade teacher's diploma. Recognized teachers of Sogetsu Ikebana must be members of the Sogetsu Teachers' Association.

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There are forty-seven local branches in Japan (one for each prefecture and three in Tokyo)as well as some hundred branches overseas. These local branches hold exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. You can continue your studies anywhere in the world since local branches will introduce you to teachers in your area.

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“Collaboration with the ocean and the land,” Hakone Glass Forest, April – July 2006

Chinese juniper, azalea, wisteria vine, driftwood

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