Ikebana, the art of traditional Japanese floral arrangement, is currently practiced intensely not only by Japanese people and their descendants, but by everyone around the world. In Japan, Ikebana Sogetsu is considered one of the most active today, presenting contemporary manifestations of this art on numerous occasions.
Sogetsu typically uses a tall, narrow vase, such as one made of bamboo, or a flat, open dish called (suiban), on which the flowers and branches are fixed in a hidden kenzan. However, other forms are possible, including highly elaborate creations that fill an entire hall.
One of Sogetsu’s central ideas is that an arrangement should have three strong elements, each with certain proportions and arranged at a certain angle. But there is considerable latitude to work with whatever materials are available and to express the spirit of the moment.
Sogetsu is not restricted by fixed styles and allows us to make our original expression freely. Sogetsu Ikebana has been expanding its range of mounting on stages and in various locations to provide us with beauty. But people can enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana anytime, anywhere, using any materials. You can place Sogetsu Ikebana on your doorstep, living room or kitchen table.
In Japan Sogetsu School is one of the largest of many established schools and has international representation. Its principles encourage the development of personal style and strongly emphasize creative, contemporary Interpretation.
Sofu, the first son of ikebana artist Wafu Teshigahara, was born in 1900 and began taking Ikebana classes from childhood. Little by little, his exceptional talent became apparent and caught people’s attention. However, he began to question the traditions of Ikebana in which people could not express their originality, so in 1927 he separated from his father to found Sogetsu school of Ikebana.