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Spirit of Ikebana and Sogetsu

Ikebana (生け花) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement where blossoms, branches, leaves, and stems find new life as materials for art-making.


In contrast to western habits of placing flowers in a vase, Ikebana aims to bring out the inner qualities of flowers and its expression.


Considerations of colour, line, form, and function guide the construction of a work.


The spirit of Ikebana can apply to all periods, while the style of works may change overtime.



"Ikebana Sogetsu" by Sofu Teshigahara (1962) [New study: Root • Materials: Persimmon, chrysanthemum], Fujingaho magazine
"Ikebana Sogetsu" by Sofu Teshigahara (1962)




Sogetsu School


In 1927, when everybody believed practicing Ikebana meant following established forms, Sofu Teshigahara (1900 - 1979) recognised Ikebana as a creative art and founded the Sogetsu school. His ethos - anyone can enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana anytime, anywhere, using any material.


Left: Doris Wong creating a large piece. Right: Inside page of Sogetsu magazine. Below: Sogetsu school logo.




IKEBANA (1956)

A film by Sofu Teshigahara's son Hiroshi Teshigahara (1927-2001), a celebrated Japanese artist and film-maker who became the grand-master of the Sogetsu school in 1980.



Find out more about the Sogetsu Iemoto (headmasters) and their work at the Sogetsu website.