The history of Ikenobo is the history of ikebana. Ikebana began with Ikenobo and although over 550 years many other schools have branched off from Ikenobo, Ikenobo is said to be the origin of ikebana. Ikenobo’s history encompasses both the traditional and the modern, the two continually interacting to encourage new development in today’s ikebana.
At the beginning of the Heian period, Emperor Saga inserted a pretty chrysanthemum blooming on Kikuga Island into a vase on the hand-folded hall at Osawa Pond in Daikakuji Temple.
He was impressed by the beauty of the "heaven, earth, and people," and sai: - "Those who produce flowers for posterity should be a model."
It is said that this is the beginning of the Ikebana Saga Go-ryu. Emperor Saga's compassion for nature and vegetation is the cornerstone of Saga Go-ryu.
In 1927, when everybody believed practicing ikebana meant following established forms, Sofu Teshigahara recognized ikebana as a creative art and founded the Sogetsu School. Anyone can enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana anytime, anywhere, using any material. You can place Sogetsu Ikebana at your door, in you living room or on your kitchen table. Sogetsu Ikebana enhances any hotel lobby or banquet room, shop windows and huge public spaces. It will suit any kind of space, Japanese or Western and enrich its atmosphere.
The history of Ikebana goes back to the time when Ikenobo was established in the Muromachi period, but Ohara-ryu was born in the Meiji period, “only” a hundred and several decades ago. However, among the more than 400 Ikebana schools, the Ohara school has become so large that it is known as one of the three major Ikebana schools.
Ikebana International (I.I.) is a worldwide, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of ikebana. The organization was founded in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen whose dream was to create an association uniting the people of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana. Today, that dream has spread to over 44 countries/areas, with 138 chapters and a membership of around 7,000 persons.