While I was a teenager growing up on the island of Hawaii, I used to see these beautiful Ikebana flower arrangements at our local bank and was totally intrigued with them. At that time, I decided that after I graduated from college, I would take Ikebana lessons.
Upon graduation from the University of Oregon Dental School we moved to La Jolla and as soon as I had the opportunity, I joined Ikebana International and met Professor Sadako Oehler. She has been my Sensei since 1973.
It has taken me a long time to master the art of Ikebana because I was practicing dentistry full time until I retired in 2016. Being a slow learner, I continue to attend classes with Sensei. My degree in the Ikenobo School is SOKATOKU, Senior Professor of Ikebana, 1st Grade. In addition to my passion for flower arranging, I enjoy Photography, Line Dancing, and spoiling my grandchildren.
My Introduction to Ikenobo
Ellen's Ikenobo Introduction
San Diego Ikenobo Chapter
This style of arrangement uses a maximum of 3 materials. The arrangement may consist of One, (Isshuike), Two, (Nishuike) or Three materials (Sanshuike) These arrangements should appear to be emerging from a single stem or trunk. This area is termed the Mizugiwa, and should be three fingers height from the edge of vase to where the leaves emerge in the arrangement. The 3 Yakueda, or branches are the Shin, Soe and Tai. There are strict measurements used to create this type of arrangement.
Create a Shoka Shofutai
These schematic photos were taken for my students as a guide to follow in creating their own Shoka Shofutai arrangement using two materials. (Nishuike). The materials used are Siberian Dogwood and tulips.
This style of arrangement was introduced in 1977 by Headmastser Sen'ei Ikenobo, to reflect the changing lifestyles of the Japanese people. There are no measurement requirements for the creation of this arrangement, however, only three materials may be used. The flower and plant material may be varied and tropical and temperate zone materials may be used together. It is necessary to have a Mizugiwa in this type of arrangement. The Yakueda in this style of arrangement are the Shu, Yo, and Ashirai.
This arrangement is the original style of arrangement that was initially placed in the temples and ultimately in the homes of wealthy Japanese. Five to up to eleven materials may be used. The Yakueda or branches are Shin, Soe, Shoshin, Mikoshi, Uke, Hikae, Nagashi, Do and Maeoki. There a strict rules governing the creation of this type of arrangement. Again, there must be a Mizugiwa.
Introduced in 1999, by Headmaster Sen'ei Ikenobo. This is a more relaxed version of the Rikka Shofutai that does not have strict rules of material placement. The main elements for this style of arrangement are the Shu, Yo and Ashirai, similar to the Shimputai style of arrangement. There must be a Mizugiwa present.
Basic Ikenobo Ikebana
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