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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
Ikenobo is Dynamic !  While Ikenobo can represent some of the purest forms of traditional Japanese flower arranging, Sen’ei Ikenobo has also expanded Ikenobo into the 21st Century by transmuting traditional principals embodied by Ikenobo into State-of-the–art fresh floral compositions far beyond the abilities of any other school.  Ikenobo’s new styles, collectively called “Shimputai”, now transcend the ordinary world of flower arranging and propel the designer into the Post-Modern world of cutting-edge floral interpretation.   We invite you to become a part of this profound artistic movement and join Ikenobo Colorado..

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Special Workshops
Ikenobo Headquarters, Kyoto, Japan
April 11- 22.
Group Photo with Headmaster Designate Senko Ikenobo

Senko Ikenobo
Headmaster Sen' ei Ikenobo Demonstration and Special Member Workshops, Japan America
Society, New York City, October 13 and 14

Visiting Professor from the Ikenobo Institute, Kyoto, Japan, Special Two-day Workshop
Colorado Chapter, March 22 and 23, 2017
Senior Professor Horie
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. 
October - Grand Exhibition
Boulder Main Public Library
Canyon Gallery, Oct 28 and 29.
See Poster Below for Details.
Past Events

Shoka Shimputai and Shoka Shofutai Workshop
June  Workshop Shoka Arrangements

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Workshop Photos - Tatehana
Colorado Chapter