Ranging from historic interpretations to state of the art innovation, Ohara School focuses great attention on nature and the changing seasons. Harmony of materials with containers and the setting in which the display is placed are considered as the work is created.

Ohara Moribana and Landscape Styles

Ohara has been on the forefront of ikebana innovation since its founding 1895, stressing the use of natural materials in harmony with the arrangement’s container and site selected for display.

Other Innovations

First Headmaster Unshin Ohara developed the entirely new form of ikebana called Moribana or “piled up” flowers that composed flowers across a flat plane in low containers which was completely revolutionary at the time. In addition, Unshin also developed the Landscape style which used natural materials for specific regions and seasons to create “sketches” of natural scenes.

The Second Headmaster, Koun Ohara, established Moribana as a formal style, and systematized the teaching of Ohara Ikebana throughout Japan, including teaching on the radio. The Third Headmaster, Houn Ohara, created the styles called Bunjin and Rimpa, which are based on the intellectual thoughts and painting of the Chinese literati and the Japanese Rimpa School, respectively.

The Fourth Headmaster, Natsuki Ohara, developed the original forms of ikebana called Hana-mai and Hana-isho, to suit the modern environments in which people live and work. In 1995, Ms. Wakako Ohara became Acting Headmistress until Fifth Headmaster Hiroki Ohara graduated from the University. Now he is active in ikebana and held his first solo-exhibition in March 2012.

The Ohara School’s main offices are in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kobe. It has 160 chapters in Japan, and 57 chapters outside Japan. Worldwide, there are nearly 130,000 Ohara teachers and over one million students in Japan.


9 thoughts on “Ohara

  1. Diana Lloyd

    I was a member of II for several years, while living in Japan. I now live in the South Bay, and would like to join another group near me. I studied the Ohara method, and have a Master’s Certificate now. though I haven’t practiced much lately.


    • A great Ohara teacher who lives in the San Jose area is Kathy Toy, email. kltoy@aol.com. I hope you will consider joining II San Francisco chapter. The membership application form can be downloaded from our website. Best wishes.

  2. I know that kids can start to learn Ikebana from a very young age in Japan. I was wondering if there is any class for kids or parent-kid offered in bay area? Thanks!

  3. Heidi Kaekenmeister

    I have been a founding member of I.I. Kobe Chapter when living in Kobe (1972-1974). I lost contact and woul like to receive news.
    Thansk, Heidi Kaekenmeister, Hamburg, Germany

  4. Katie Atherton

    Are there any teachers of Ohara Ikebana in the Sonoma County area?

    • I am not aware of any Ohara teacher in Sonoma County. I only know couple teachers in the South Bay and two on the East Bay.

  5. Hi! Are there ay teachers of Ohara Ikebana living in San Francisco or cities around San Francisco? Thanks!

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