Ikenobo Ikebana

The Ikenobo school of ikebana uses the phrase, “Origin of Ikebana” because it was the original “school” of ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging.  Screen Shot 2013-02-17 at 3.52.54 PMThis school of Ikebana has evolved signicantly over 550 years.  The current headmaster, Sen’ei Ikenobo is the 45th headmaster and his daughter, Senko Ikenobo, is  the headmaster designate.

The Ikenobo school of ikebana has styles of arranging that are complex and simple at the same time and all reflect an understanding and great appreciation of nature.

There are five basic styles within the Ikenobo school:

1. Shoka Shofutai (designs with one, two or three materials dating from the 1700’s but evolving to reflect changes in materials and placement of an arrangement in homes)

2.  Shoka Shimputai (designs with three materials developed by the 45th headmaster in 1977)

3. Rikka Shofutai (more complex designs with historical signifigance from the 1600’s)


Rikka Shofutai design by Maureen Klingman

4. Rikka Shimputai (complex design with a modern expression; developed by the current headmaster in 1998)

5. Free Style (a constantly evolving style)