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Ikenobo and the Rokkakudo Temple 

The Rokkakudo Temple is located southeast of the intersection of Karasuma and Sanjo streets in central Kyoto, and is formally known as Shiunzan Chohoji. The name rokkaku refers to the hexagonal shape of the temple (do). The Rokkakudo was founded by Prince Shotoku to enshrine Nyoirin Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. Near a pond (ike) where Prince Shotoku bathed, the small hut (bo) of succeeding generations of Buddhist priests gave rise to the name Ikenobo. The Rokkakudo is the site of the birth and development of ikebana. The custom of appreciating flowers in a vase probably dates back almost to the birth of the human race. Involved in this custom is the human characteristic of loving and adoring the beautiful. In this regard, there is no difference between East and West. In Japan, however, arranging flowers has been carefully considered as the art form and, indeed, way of life called kado (ka, flower; do, way or path).  

IIkenobo Ikebana is the Pinnacle of Sophistication, Style and Taste.  

Ikenobo Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arranging.  The origins of Ikebana and Ikenobo date back over 550 years and are deeply entwined with the artistic history of Japan. Ikenobo is the original and largest Ikebana school with over 4.2 million members worldwide.  The headquarters of Ikenobo remains at the place of its founding, the Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto, Japan.  The temple is well known as the Eighteenth Secret Site of the Buddhist Pilgrimage in Western Japan.  From the beginnng, the spirit of Ikenobo Ikebana has come down to us through a continuous generational line of Headmasters.  

The Ikenobo Ikebana Society of American was founded in July 1970 by Sen’ei Ikenobo, 45th Headmaster.  The vision of Ikenobo is to stay true to the past and to keep growing to advance into the future.  At Ikenobo we learn the arranging secrets from ancient times and apply those precepts to our contemporary flower designs.   

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Visiting Professor from the Ikenobo Institute, Kyoto, Japan, Special Two-day Workshop
featuring the curriculum from Headmaster Sen'ei Ikenobo.
Official Colorado Chapter, Denver, Senior Professor N. Noda
HARMONY, an arrangement by Sen'ei Ikenobo - 45th Headmaster
"Each leaf has its own size and shape.  Their attributes also vary.
When these variations coexist in nature, we experience the plant as a whole.
Yet when we take one leaf of the plant in our hands, we tend to use it according to its individuality, 
forgetting that the leaf was living as part of the whole in nature.
Plants change their colors with the season.
It is a surprisingly wornderful synchronism.
Combining different materials together in harmony, to keep such synchronicity is important."

From the General Theory of Shimputai, Sen'ei Ikenobo, November 11, 2015. 

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San Francisco Office Display Windows
As we say Farewell to the Ikenobo Office of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America I thought I would share this photo.  Every Year my wonderful teacher and I would make Rikka arrangements in the special display alcoves designed by Headmaster Sen' ei Ikenobo for the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco.  As the Year unfolds we will miss this grand Ikenobo display.  

Headmaster Sen'ei Ikenobo and the LA Chapter, Diamond Jubilee Celebration.  
Japan America Society, Los Angeles, CA
 September 22 to 25, 2017

Exhibition Opening
Headmaster Rikka Shimputai
Professor Nishida Rikka Shimputai
Headmaster Rikka Shimputai
Headmaster Sen'ei Ikenobo and Senko Ikenobo Demonstration

Mawariike Ceremony - Who will be selected to be displayed.   
Professor Nakamura Teaches a Special Workshop 

Headmaster Sen'ei Ikenobo, 
Headmaster Designate Senko Ikenobo, 
San Francisco Chapter Jubilee Celebration and 55th Anniversary Event of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America. Japan Town,
 San Francisco, CA March 12 to 14
Professors Banquet Demonstration
Headmaster Designate Freestyle out of Construction Material.
Headmaster demonstrates Rikka Shofutai and Rikka Shimputai with a lecture on the differeneces between the styles. .  
Headmaster Designate demonstrates Freestyle .  
Headmaster describes the prinicipals behind shoka and the use of plant materials.   
Senko and Masafumi Ikenobo at the Exhibition
The Three Beauties. 
Professors Perform Mawariike - a Ceremony from the Early 1800's  
Rikka Shimputai 
Professor Nakamura provides comments
Headmaster Designate Senko Freestyle 
Headmaster Sen 'ei Freestyle .  
Mawariike Winner

2019 Japanese Foreign Ministers Commendation Winner
Boston Ikenobo Chapter Boston Flower Show Entry. 


 Boulder Main Library 

 Kachou fuugetsu 
Japanese Flower Exhibition
Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon -花鳥風月
Kachou Fuugetsu (花鳥風月) is a Japanese concept that means to discover yourself when experiencing nature. Literally, Kachou Fuugetsu means “Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon.” This ancient Japanese philosophy and proverb stems from Fuushi Kaden in the 1400’s. It is considered to be one of the major concepts in Japanese aesthetics and thoughts on beauty and art. Find yourself in the beauty of Ikenobo Japanese Flower arrangements. Over 50 beautiful ikebana creations will inspire you in the Canyon Gallery. Featured on display will also be animal and bird themed Edo Period works of art from Japan.
Complete catalog of exhibition photos is located at ikebanaikenobokado.com page 5.  
August 16, 2024
Japanese Rabbit Ear Iris 
Kakitsubata workshop .
 Koelbel Library. 
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Next Workshop September 20, 2024