Ikenobo School is known as the “Origin of Ikebana” and has strong traditions in training artists. Students learn techniques for various styles, both traditional and modern. Japanese history and philosophical views of nature and plants living in harmony and reflected in Ikenobo ikebana.


Just like many other aspects of traditional Japanese culture, ikebana has its origins in the Muromachi Period (1338-1573) in Japan. Senkei Ikenobo was known as an early master of Rikka style. Rikka is a formal upright style with its roots in early religious floral offerings; later Rikka portrayed the beauty of a natural landscape. In the late Muromachi Period, Senno Ikenobo elucidated the essence of ikebana for the first time in a famous teaching manuscript,”Senno Kuden”.


In the early 17th century, Senko Ikenobo Ⅰ and Senko Ikenobo Ⅱ perfected the dignity and character of the Rikka style. In the early 1800’s, Senjo Ikenobo perfected the Shoka style. Shoka is a simple, graceful style suggesting the essential character of a plant as it grows in response to the factors in its natural environment. Senjo was followed by masters Senmyo and Sensho, with each generation’s work reflecting the artistic character of the time and further strengthening ikebana’s position as an essential part of Japanese culture.

Ikenobo’s current 45th generation Headmaster, Sen’ei Ikenobo, believes that the possibility of creating new ikebana depends on the desire to refine one’s own character, a spirit that has been passed down to us as the essence of ikebana itself.

As a continuing center in the world of ikebana, the Ikenobo Headquarters stands adjacent to Rokkaku-do Temple, where ikebana began over 550 years ago. The Headquarters is home for communication, ongoing study, and workshops for Ikenobo’s ikebana professors and students from throughout Japan and the rest of the world. Here at the center of Ikenobo’s rich tradition, students receive both classical training and encouragement to explore modern Ikebana’s use in contemporary life, including modern Rikka, Shoka, and free styles.

6 thoughts on “Ikenobo

  1. Hi, I very want to study Ikenobo Ikebana. How often do you have class? How many people per class? How much does it cost? Where is class held?


    • Hi Judy,
      Each teach is different. I suggest you look at the list of Ikenobo teachers on our website and contact them to get the information you need. Wishing you the best.

      • Jane


        May I know where is your website so I can look for teachers? Thanks!

  2. Dan

    I used to go to weekend Ikenobo classes in Japan town in San Francisco. I’m not finding the related class info on this site. Are the weekend classes still being held?

    • Hi Dan, You may want to check with the Ikenobo Office in Japan town for information on their classes. Your other option is to call one of the Ikenobo teachers in San Francisco. You can find this list of teachers on our website under Teachers’ List.

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