A History of Sogetsu

Sogetsu School
Sogetsu is one of several ikebana flower arranging schools founded in Japan, but now followed by practitioners throughout the world. The Sogetsu School was founded by the late headmaster Sofu Teshigahara in 1927. Believing that ikebana should be both enjoyable and creative, Sofu developed a school of ikebana that was deeply rooted in Japanese tradition yet embraced the evolving requirements of the modern age.

The current headmaster, Akane Teshigahara, is the fourth generation in a succession of family members to lead the school. Her beautiful, bold and delicate works have been shown in exhibitions worldwide.


Sogetsu Philosophy
Plants are beautiful as they are. But with the help of man, they can be arranged in an effective style to be even more appreciated.

Ikebana is not difficult. The Sogetsu School of Ikebana believes that anyone can arrange ikebana anywhere, and with almost anything. It should be part of a lifestyle to be appreciated by many people from all over the world, rather than being considered just an exclusive aspect of Japanese culture to be enjoyed by a limited number of pebple. Just as people are different from each other, our school is encouraging ikebana students to be individual and imaginative. The basic techniques are taught by instructors with the use of textbooks all over the world.