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IKENOBO_hieizanWith each new IKEBANA arrangement, IKENOBO continues a tradition of creativity that began over 550 years ago. IKENOBO is based in Kyoto, Japan, at Choho-ji (Rokkaku-do) Temple, a temple said to have been founded by Prince Shotoku.

The Japanese word IKE meansgpondh, while the word BO means ga priestfs huth. Suggesting a priestfs hut next to a pond, the two words combine in the name of the family that has headed this school of IKEBANA, IKE-NO-BO. Succeeding generations of priests were famous for their skill in arranging flowers, and IKENOBO thus became gthe origin of IKEBANAh

Just like many other aspects of traditional Japanese culture, IKEBANA has its origins in the Muromachi Period (1338-1573) in Japan. Senkei Ikenobo was known as an early master of RIKKA style. RIKKA is a formal upright style with its roots in early religious floral offerings; later RIKKA portrayed the beauty of a natural landscape. In the late Muromachi Period, Senno Ikenobo elucidated the essence of IKEBANA for the first time in a famous teaching manuscript,"SENNO KUDEN".

In the early 17th century, Senko Ikenobo‡Tand Senko Ikenobo‡U perfected the dignity and character of the RIKKA style. In the early 1800fs, Senjo Ikenobo perfected the SHOKA style. SHOKA is a simple, graceful style suggesting the essential character of a plant as it grows in response to the factors in its natural environment. Senjo was followed by masters Senmyo and Sensho, with each generationfs work reflecting the artistic character of the time and further strengthening IKEBANAfs position as an essential part of Japanese culture.

IKENOBOfs current 45th generation Headmaster, Senfei Ikenobo, believes that the possibility of creating new IKEBANA depends on the desire to refine onefs own character, a spirit that has been passed down to us as the essence of IKEBANA itself.

IKENOBO_jiyuAs a continuing center in the world of ikebana, the IKENOBO Headquarters stands adjacent to Rokkaku-do Temple, where ikebana began over 550 years ago. The Headquarters is home for communication, ongoing, study, and workshops for IKENOBOfs IKEBANA professors and students from throughout Japan and the rest of the world. Here at the center of IKENOBOfs rich tradition, students receive both classical training and encouragement to explore modern IKEBANAfs use in contemporary life, including modern RIKKA, SHOKA, and free styles.

IKENOBO Headquarters
P. O. Box 31, Nakakyo, Kyoto 604-8686, Japan
Telephone: +81-75-231-4922, Facsimile: +81-75-255-3568
Website: http://www.ikenobo.jp

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