Sogetsu Ikebana Demonstration

0The Friends of the Conservatory are pleased to partner with the Mercer Island Sogetsu Branch to offer an Ikebana Demonstration in the Seasonal House to members and visitors.

Watch as Sogetsu Ikebana masters bring this beautiful and ancient art form. You will also have the opportunity to register for Sogetsu Ikebana workshops offered at Volunteer Park Conservatory on March 19.

History of Ikebana

Although it is difficult to identify the true origins of Ikebana, the general belief is that it stems from the offering of flowers to Buddha. At the beginning of the sixth century, when Buddhism was brought to Japan, the custom of dedicating flowers came with it. It was this custom that developed into the art of Ikebana. Another view is that customs of ancient times, such as putting up evergreen trees and arranging flowers to call the spirit-gods, developed into Ikebana.

Sogetsu Ikebana

0 (1)Sogetsu Ikebana emphasizes the idea that Ikebana can be done anytime, anywhere, by anyone,and with any material. Its curriculum encourages the application of modern art principles over the more traditional, rigid rules of arrangement advocated by other schools of Ikebana. In every piece of Sogetsu Ikebana, three basic elements of material – Line, Mass, and Color – are arranged with four basic principles – Balance, Movement, Harmony and Creativity – to achieve a unique and dynamic form.

The Sogetsu School of Ikebana is headquartered in Tokyo and has hundreds of branches and study groups around the world. In 2017, Sougetsu School will be celebrating its 90th anniversary. Its modern and art- focused approach to Ikebana has gained popularity internationally as well as with artists working with other media.


SogetsuAbout Sogetsu Mercer Island Branch

Sogetsu Mercer Island Branch is a nonprofit group established in 1990. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in March 2015. Our mission at the Sogetsu Mercer Island Branch is to promote
Ikebana by to showcasing our work to the public, in order to generate interest in the art of Ikebana. For more information, please visit us at www.