Sogetsu School uses fresh flowers to create scupltures that breathe and express life.  Herein lies the greatest difference between Ikebana and floral arrangement.  Sogetsu is an art form that attracts the creative mind.  At its founding i n 1927, the Sogetsu school offered a completedly modern approach to Ikebana.

Founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara, the Sogetsu school offered a completely modern approach to ikebana.   In 1930, Teshigahara participated in writing a “Manifesto of New Ikebana”, a radical document influenced by the avant-garde movement in Europe.  He announced that ikebana would, from then on, became one of the contemporary fine arts using all kinds of material in addition to plants. Sofu traveled extensively and made life-long friends with Miro, Dali, Gaudi and Tapies.  Time magazine described him as the “Picasso of Flowers.”

Today, Akane Teshigahara is the fourth Iemoto of the Sogetsu School. Continuing her father’s legacy, she is a powerful installation artist who strives to incorporate Ikebana in all aspects of contemporary life.  She is also a champion of Ikebana with all age groups, increasing the involvement of young people and children in this evolving art form.


Sogetsu Ikebana can be created anytime, anywhere, by anyone in any part of the world and with any kind of material.  The four principles of ikebana are a fresh approach, movement, balance  and harmony. And the three elements are line, color and mass.

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