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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, Elegance, 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 two million members.  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.   For sophistication and elegance no one can match Ikenob

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Group Photo with Headmaster Designate Senko Ikenobo

Visiting Professor from the Ikenobo Institute, Kyoto, Japan, Special Two-day Workshop
Colorado Chapter, March 31 and April 2, 2018
Senior Professor Miura
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. 
2-Day Workshop. Visiting Professor from Japan.
March 2 and 3, 2019. Smoky Hill Library, Denver. Call 303-264-4287

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

Professor Miura Demonstrates Shoka
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, 2018
Professors Banquet Demonstration
Professor Miura Demonstrates Shoka Nishuike
Professor Miura Demonstrates Yakugatte and Sanshuike
Professor Miura Shoka Demonstration
Professor Miura  Shoka Sanshuike
Professor Miura Shoka Nishuike Yakugatte
Professor Miura  Shoka Nishuike
Professor Miura Shoka Isshuike
Professor Miura Shoka Lesson from one of the seven ancient special shoka teachings - Omoto (rhodea Japonica)
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

2018 Ikenobo Grand
Exhibition Photos
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Announcing a Colorado Chapter Event:

2-Day Workshop
March 2 and 3, 2019
Visiting Professor from the Ikenobo Institute, Kyoto, Japan 

Introducing Professor:
Yusuke Takabayashi

Schedule of events
March 2, 2019 - Special Shoka Curriculum lecture and demonstration granted from Headmaster Sen 'ei Ikenobo.
Two afternoon classes in Traditional and Modern Shoka.

March 3, 2019 - Special Rikka Shimputai lecture and demonstration.
All day classes in Rikka and Freestyle (your choice).

To Register call 303-264-4287
or email: ikenoboikebana@hotmail.com

The Colorado Chapter is an all inclusive welcoming Group and everyone and anyone can attend this workshop. Beginners as well as experienced designers are welcome to attend. Registration closes February 1, 2019 so call now.  Thanks for your interest in Ikenobo.

Professor Yusuke Takabayashi is originally from Shizuoka Prefecture and lives in Kyoto, Japan. He is now a member of the Ikenobo Kyoto Chapter. He began his study of Ikenobo ikebana in 2010, and in 2015, he completed the Advanced Course of the Ikenobo Central Training Institute, Ikenobo Headquarters, Kyoto. He has since completed the Special Advanced Courses in Rikka of the Ikenobo Central Training Institute. In addition to his teaching and study of Ikenobo, Professor Takabayashi enjoys visiting many places in Kyoto.