About Ikebana International

Ikebana International (I.I.) is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. When the late Ellen Gordon Allen founded the organization in 1956, her dream was to create an organization uniting the peoples of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana. That dream has now spread to over 50 countries/area, with 161 chapters and membership of approximately 7,600 persons.
Ikebana International does not teach any single type of ikebana. Rather, it is an interest group made up of people of many nationalities who enjoy ikebana and other arts of Japan. Many of the members have studied ikebana; some have not.
Those who have studied ikebana have learned from many different schools. Some schools of ikebana stress classic styles; other focus on contemporary forms, and some blend the two. Each of the hundreds of schools of ikebana takes its own approach to arranging flowers. At I.I. meetings, students and teachers share openly their own schools’ inspirations, styles, philosophy, history, and techniques.
A unique feature of Ikebana International is that the organization was founded by and is still administered by volunteers.


一般社団法人いけばなインターナショナル(通称 I.I.)は、生け花の精神と芸術性に深い感銘を受けた米国人エレン・ゴードン・アレン夫人(Mrs. Ellen Gordon Allen)により、「花を通じての友好」をモットーに、1956年に東京に設立された国際的な文化団体です。国籍も所属流派も多様な会員が、生け花とそれに関連した日本の文化・芸術の紹介を通して相互理解と友好を深める活動をしています。




1. 5年に1度「いけばなインターナショナル世界大会」を日本で開催
2. 世界7地域で開催される「いけばな地区大会」の支援
3. 全世界161支部の活動を支援
4. いけばな関係者の交流を推進
5. 世界各地の日本企業の文化活動に協力
7. 活動広報誌(I.I. ACTIVITIES)、会報(SAKURA NEWS)の発行