Ikebana International (II) is a worldwide organization founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen. Its members are dedicated to the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through Ikebana-the art of Japanese flower arrangement- and other related arts of Japan. II is a nonprofit cultural organization in Japan and today boasts over 7000 members in more than 50 countries. Ikebana International New York Chapter is one of 250 chapters worldwide.
II is administered by enthusiastic volunteers of many different nationalities and Ikebana Schools. Some of the Schools stress classic style, other focus on creative, contemporary forms and some blend the two — each school is different, yet each is openly sharing in its inspirations, styles, philosophy, history and techniques.
Membership is open to all persons interested in the art of Ikebana and the ideals of II, regardless of their previous experience or association with any Ikebana Schools.