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Founded in 1937, Ichiyo School, while respecting the ancient traditions of ikebana, has contributed innovations such as crossing lines, balancing floral materials and containers without the use of a kenzan, and creating large-scale stage productions. Arrangements are intended to arouse our senses in a different way from traditional ikebana, giving the viewer an experience with nature that is unexpected, stimulating and profound.
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Traditional — yet trend-setting!
Founder Unshin Ohara sought to capture nature’s beauty, showing the changing of seasons, and the harmony of natural materials. In a radical step for 1912, he presented his Landscape arrangements in shallow containers, featuring new flowers from the West.
Additionally, the art of Chinese scholars and the folding screens of the Edo period inspired eloquent and picturesque arrangements —what Ohara is known for. Now, current Headmaster Hiroki Ohara has again broken barriers with his playful crossed-stems style.
For more information about the Ohara School, click here. For more informationabout the Ohara School New York Chapter, click here.
"Anytime, Anywhere, Anything, by Anyone"
-Headmaster Akane Teshigahara
An avant garde style founded in Tokyo where “Flowers become human," according to Founder Sofu Teshigahara, 1927.
120 branches in 38 countries. Not restricted by fixed styles and allows free expression.
For more information about the New York Sogetsu School, click here.
The origin of Ikebana; 560 years of history encompassing styles from the most traditional (like Rikka, Shoka) to ultra modern free styles.
Ikenobo emphasizes space, line beauty, movement utilizing all phases of the plant -- blossoms, buds, branches bent by wind, leaves half eaten by bugs, seed pods and more -- to show their inherent characteristics and life.
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Founded in 1886 with both classical and modern free styles.
Developed an original method known as “the faces of plants,” where you discover the direct forms of plants and flowers, thereby changing your viewpoint. Materials are combined in a new way.
For more information about the Ryusei-ha School, click here.
Souami School was founded by Shinso Souami, whose most famous garden design is the world heritage Stone Garden of Ryoan-Ji in Kyoto.
To keep this style of Ikebana art as pure as possible, Souami had instructed all disciples not to commercialize this art form. The current headmaster, Yokochi Gahou, is a renowned oil painter in Tokyo.
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