Ikebana International, founded in 1956, has the objective of promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through the introduction of ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement) and other related Japanese traditional arts to such countries. The motto of the association is "Friendship through Flowers".
Any person or organization who agrees with that objective is welcome to join us by becoming a member of Ikebana International.
Members of Ikebana International live in over 50 countries and areas. Most of them have studied ikebana in one of the many schools of ikebana. Some of them have never studied ikebana at all, but enjoy observing the art form and learning about that and other Japanese traditional arts. At Ikebana International meetings all over the world, there are stimulating interactions and sharing of various ikebana schools' inspirations, styles, philosophy, history, techniques, and other points of difference and common interest, as well as educational and entertaining activities relating to other Japanese traditional arts.
Please note that Ikebana International does not provide ikebana lessons. Those who want to take ikebana lessons should contact an ikebana school or ikebana teacher directly.
Ikebana International has two categories of membership:
1. Regular Member
2. Honorary Member
Regular Members are individuals or organizations who are in agreement with Ikebana International's objective, have become members of Ikebana International, and pay annual dues.
Honorary Members are individuals approved for this category by the Board of Directors of Ikebana International from among those who have specially contributed to Ikebana International.
The association's business year is from July 1 to June 30.