Ikenobo is proclaimed as the oldest of all organized schools of ikebana, perhaps as far back as 800 A.D. Many schools have branched off of Ikenobo in pursuit of their own excellence. Throughout the centuries, the emphasis of Ikenobo has been on RIKKA — a formal arrangement with nine lines.

Ikenobo Shofutai
Ikenobo Shofutai

Rikka started with Tatehana in the 16th century and symbolizes the universe.  There are two types of Rikka:  Rikka Shofutai and Rikka Shimputai.

Ikenobo Shimputai
Ikenobo Shimputai

Though appreciation for simpler lines emerged, and thus created a new look of ikebana.

During the 18th century, the NAGEIRE became popular. Nageire is usually a tall container arranged in a certain order to create a casualness with flowers. But then, SHOKA, an arrangement crated in strict sequence became popular with a growing number of enthusiasts for this rigid style of flower design.

The belief for those students and aficionados of Ikenobo, is that flowers are not only beautiful, but that they reflect the passing of time and the feelings of their own hearts. Ikenobo simply reflects that idea and suggests the forces of nature wit greenery, floral inclusion and consequently creating harmony.

Ikenobo considers “a flower’s bud is m ost beautiful, for within the bud is the energy of life’s opening toward the future. Past, present and future … in each moment the changing of environment becomes part of the art of ikebana.”

Images of Ikenobo School Arrangements:

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For more information, please visit the link to the Ikenobo website.