About Sogetsu School

The Sogetsu School of Ikebana

(1900 – 1979)
(1932 – 1980)
(1927 – 2001)

The Sogetsu School was founded in 1927 by Mr. Sofu Teshigahara with his revolutionary approach to the traditional and classical concept of ikebana. Basic techniques are taught by instructors and the philosophy of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana is that anyone can arrange ikebana anywhere with any materials anywhere in the world. The curriculum of the Sogetsu School teaches basic principles of ikebana and encourages the development of a student’s individual creativity.

Sogetsu Ikebana – The Joy of Creation

In 1927, when everybody believed practicing ikebana meant following established forms, Sofu Teshigahara recognized ikebana as a creative art and founded the Sogetsu School. Anyone can enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana anytime, anywhere, using any material. You can place Sogetsu Ikebana at your door, in your living room or on your kitchen table. Sogetsu Ikebana enhances any hotel lobby or banquet room, shop windows and huge public spaces. It will suit any kind of space, Japanese or Western and enrich its atmosphere.

Flo’Work to Spread Beauty in the Society

The word Flo’Work means Flower+Work. Flo’Work is a display, which is commissioned for a public space: a hotel lobby, a banquet room, a shop window, an atrium etc. Many Sogetsu teachers are leading in this field.

Sogetsu Curriculum

There are two comprehensive textbooks developed by the Sogetsu Headquarters in Japan which enable beginners to enter the rich world of Ikebana under the guidance of a qualified Sogetsu Sensei (teacher). The study of Sogetsu Ikebana begins with the several styles embraced by the term kakei (basic styles). Students first learn these styles and the basic techniques to familiarize and understand the various kinds of plant materials and their characteristics. As the student progresses from beginner to intermediate study they learn the Sogetsu method that enables them to compose shapes and create beautiful ikebana.

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