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The Origin of Ikebana

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement according to the rules and principles evolved over its long history. The history of the Ikenobo School goes back to the origins of ikebana itself, although other schools have branched off from it. Over the centuries, many different styles of Ikenobo ikebana have emerged, a creative process which continues to this day.

Ikenobo Headquarters in
Kyoto, Japan

The headquarters of Ikenobo remains at the place of its foundation, Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.


"Ikenobo" means "the priest by the pond", referring to Ono-no-Imoko, a Japanese priest who visited China in 607 CE, at a time when Buddhism and its associated arts, including Ikebana, were being transmitted from China to Japan. On his return to Rokkakudo, Ono lived by a pond in the temple grounds.


In the early 1500s Ikenobo ikebana received a fresh stimulus through the master Ikenobo Senno, who created a style which was not merely decorative but expressed the ever-changing beauty of nature and related it to human life.

More details on Ikenobo HQ in Kyoto :

Rokkaku Temple in Kyoto
Lesson at Kyoto HQ
Rokkaku Temple in Kyoto
Kyoto Study tour
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