Ikebana International

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Ikebana International

Ikebana International, founded by the late Ellen Gordon Allen in 1956, is a non-profit, cultural organization dedicated to the promotion of the art of Japanese flower arranging.  Her vision was to unite people of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana.

 

Ikebana International boasts over 8,000 members in more than 50 countries.Ikebana International is not a specific school of ikebana, but a consortium of members of all nationalities from many different ikebana schools.  Some schools emphasize classical styles, others stress creative, contemporary forms while still others focus on blending the two.  All schools openly share their inspirations, styles, philosophies and histories as well as techniques with other Ikebana International members.

 

Ikebana International has adopted the fabled Japanese cherry as their emblematic flower.  It is intertwined in the Japanese samurai culture dating back many hundreds of years when the brief flowering of the cherry reminded each samurai of the delicate beauty of life and its fleeting nature – the cherry blossoms burst forth each spring in blankets of breathtaking beauty, only to fall with the first wind and storm that besets it.  This struck the samurai as the way their existence was ordained – a brief time upon the earth and then – gone in a flurry of inevitability.