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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. This school of Ikebana has evolved significantly over 555 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 material availability, modern homes and placement of an arrangement in homes.
3. Rikka Shofutai (more complex designs with historical signifigance from the 1600’s)
4. Rikka Shimputai (simpler Rikka design with a modern expression) developed by the current headmaster in 1999.
5. Free Style (a constantly evolving style)