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, 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.
FLOWER WAR MOVIE
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.
Freestyle and Shoka Shimputai workshop
April 19, 2019. Eloise May 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
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 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
Professors Perform Mawariike - a Ceremony from the Early 1800's
Professor Nakamura provides comments
Headmaster Designate Senko Freestyle
Headmaster Sen 'ei Freestyle .
2018 Ikenobo Grand
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Visiting Professor from the Ikenobo Institute, Kyoto, Japan
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.
Professor Takabayashi Demonstration
Flower and Garden Show.
March 13 to 17, 2019
Ikenobo Chapter Display