Ikebana International held the Ikebana International Seventh World Convention
at the Nagoya International Convention Hall and the Aichi Art and Culture
Center in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. In 1996, Ikebana International
celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Her Imperial Highness Princess Mikasa, Honorary President of Ikebana International,
officially opened the Convention, and was present throughout the week,
attending all the major events.
A wide variety of programs was offered throughout the week to provide attendees
with the opportunity to discuss the future direction of ikebana, deepen
their knowledge and understanding of ikebana methods, and promote mutual
understanding and exchange.
Over 1,000 Ikebana International members from over 50 countries, belonging
to many different ikebana schools, were registered for this international
convention which is held once every five years.
Many more people attended some of the programs by buying tickets for individual
"Ikebana: A Bridge to the Next Century" was the theme of the
Convention. The main attraction of this Seventh Convention was the demonstration
of the highest form of ikebana art by seven schools' iemoto (headmasters).
The program also included an exhibition of members' and headmasters' ikebana
arrangements, and a "flower performance" by two well-known flower
Convention participants had the opportunity
to explore the city of Nagoya and its