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History of Sogetsu Ikebana

Our Ikebana school founder, Sofu Teshigahara, created the Sogetsu school in 1926 because he believed that Ikebana should be considered part of a lifestyle to be appreciated the world over, rather than an exclusive aspect of Japanese culture to be enjoyed by only a few.

The basic techniques of Sogetsu Ikebana are taught throughout the world. Because people are different from each other, the Sogetsu School encourages students to be individual and imaginative. Regardless of the arrangement style, however, students are taught to always pay respect to relationships such as space, line, depth, movement, color, form and balance.

Arranging Ikebana begins with careful observation of the plant materials. Human hands express beauty with the help of nature. Our school especially emphasizes Ikebana to be made with any plant materials, to be placed anywhere and to be arranged with any containers.

Sogetsu Ikebana arrangements are intended to bring beauty and discovery into the lives of those who create them and into the lives of those who view them as well.


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