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Photos of the Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto, Japan
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 Ikenobo. 



CELEBRATING 550
YEARS !


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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Ikenobo 550th Anniversary U.S.A. Celebration
45th Anniversary of the North American Headquarters
Memorial Ceremony for Northern  Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and other Worldwide Disasters
March 10th, 2013 Boston MA
Colorado Chapter Pine Contribution for the Exhbition at the Farimont Copley Plaza, Boston, 550th Anniversary Celebration USA
Original 15th Century Buddhist Display
Professor's Rikka Shofutai
Professor Demonstrating Rikka Shofuta
Professors Rikka Shimputai
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Ikenobo Special Workshop on Mikizukari at North American Headquarters
April 20 and 21, 2013
by Professor Masakazu Kakizawa
Lecture on Mikizukari - How to assemble branches together.
Professor Kakizawa working on his Rikka
Class Rikka
Workshop May 2 and 3, 2014
Visiting Professor Chino From Japan
Workshop in Denver
July 8 and 9, 2013
Professor Chino Sunanomono
Professor Chino Lecture and Demonstration
2013
Exhibition Photos on Page 4.
Rokkakudo Temple


Professor Chino Demonstration
Freestyle by Dora
Sunanomono by Marita
Colorado Pine Rikka II Workshop
February 10, 2014
Denver Colorado Chapter



Visiting Professor from Japan
Workshop May 2nd and 3rd.



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