Workshop: An Introduction to Ikenobō Ikebana
池坊 生け花 ワークショップ
Get a first-hand experience of ikebana, Japanese floral design, and take home your own floral arrangement in a hands-on workshop at Japan House London led by Kikuchi Junko, professor and teacher of Ikenobō, the oldest and largest school of ikebana.
Ikebana, often translated as ‘giving life to flowers’ and also known as kadō (lit. ‘the way of flowers’), originated over 550 years ago when the Ikenobō school was founded by Buddhist monks at the Rokkaku-dō temple in Kyoto in the 15th century CE. Today, students of Ikenobō receive both classical training and encouragement to explore the use of ikebana in contemporary life.
During each small group workshop, participants gain an understanding of the principles and history of Ikenobō ikebana while creating an Ikenobō style floral arrangement.
The workshop fee includes all materials. Workshop participants can take home their floral arrangement complete with kenzan flower pin holder and vase.
Attendees should bring a small towel.
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About the Workshop Instructor
Kikuchi Junko has studied Japanese floral art for 40 years and is a professor of the Ikenobō School of Ikebana. Originally from Tokyo, her passion for ikebana started aged 15 with the Sōgetsu School. She then switched to the Ikenobō School and qualified as an Ikenobō instructor in 1982. She became a professor of Ikenobō School in 2000 and was awarded the most senior professor diploma in 2016. She has taught ikebana in the UK for over 20 years and still regularly attends ikebana seminars at the Ikenobō headquarters at Rokkaku-dō Temple in Kyoto. She was elected as President of Ikebana International London Chapter 2010-2013 and in 2012 she founded the Ikenobō Hananowa London Study Group.