We are a community of diverse individuals engaged in the practice of Ikebana, "The art of Japanese flower arrangement."
We celebrate Japanese culture and integrate tradition with modern American culture.
We collaborate, enjoy, inspire and support one another in the process of Ikebana education.
We strive for ingenuity, incorporating nature, recycled materials and technology into our creative process.
We enrich lives through participation in dynamic special exhibitions, cultural celebrations, and engaging public programs.
We believe in connecting with people, welcome questions, and hope to inspire curiosity throughout your journey into the world of Ikebana.
Meet kindred spirits and celebrate the world of Ikebana, the art and practice of Japanese flower arranging.
What is Ikebana?
Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Floral arrangements not only include blooms but also emphasize other parts of the plant, such as stems and leaves, drawing emphasis toward shape, line, and form. Ikebana is accomplished by its employment of asymmetry, minimalism, balance and creative expression. Today, there are over 2,000 different disciplines of ikebana schools that include both classical and modern avant-garde styles. As the art of Ikebana evolves, some schools add non-plant materials. These items include, but are not limited to, recycled materials and technology.
Ikebana began through the ritual practice of flower offerings adorning the altars of Buddhist Temples in China. This practice continued as Buddhism reached Japan in the 6th century. During the mid-15th century, Buddhist priests became students of the first classical style of Ikebana called Ikenobo.
Ikebana migrated from temples into homes throughout Japan offering rich variations of methods and styles yet retaining a poetic language from which the art originated.
Schools of Ikebana
Ikebana International is a non-profit, cultural and educational organization established in 1956 and headquartered in Tokyo. Ikebana International's objective has been to promote mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through the introduction of ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement) and other related Japanese traditional arts to such countries. We seek to stimulate, cultivate and perpetuate the study of ikebana, related arts, and culture by demonstrations and public exhibitions, and to strengthen relationships among teachers and students of ikebana with a deeper purpose of establishing better relationships among all peoples through the motto “Friendship Through Flowers.”
Sacramento Chapter #26 is a California based nonprofit 501(c)4 educational organization established in 1959. Because of the strategic foresight and organizational development of our founders, Mrs. Molly Kimura and Mrs. Marie Summers, we have been able to enjoy the continuity of treasured Japanese traditions and practices locally, throughout the U.S. and internationally with our I.I. Chapters. We are eternally grateful.