Ikebana display in Japan House London

Ikebana Month by Month

Ikebana display in Japan House London

Slow down and appreciate the subtle changing of the seasons and passing of time with a monthly display of ikebana, Japanese flower design, created by members of Ikebana International London Chapter.

Each display takes inspiration from wafu getsumei, the evocative names for each month in the old Japanese lunar calendar. While the corresponding periods of these months deviate somewhat from the current calendar, they are still used today to describe the current month in some fields such as poetry and to convey a sense of the season in the opening greeting of a letter or a speech.

Each display is made by a member of Ikebana International from a variety of ikebana schools including Ikenobō, Nippon Kadō Koryū, Ohara School of Ikebana, Ryūsei-ha and Sōgetsu School.

The next arrangement is on display from Friday 6 until Monday 9 October and takes inspiration from kannazuki or kaminazuki (lit. ‘the month of the gods’), the Japanese name for the tenth month of the lunar calendar.

About Ikebana International

Ikebana International is a worldwide, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement. With its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, and 162 chapters around the world, Ikebana International benefits from the advice and full co-operation of the heads of all the leading Japanese schools of ikebana. The London chapter, No.6, founded in 1956, was the first chapter in Europe. With members from many different schools, each year the chapters runs a programme of demonstrations, workshops and an annual exhibition.