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Ichiyo School of Ikebana

The Ichiyo School was founded in Tokyo in 1937 by siblings Ichiyo and Meikof Kasuya, with Ichiyo Kasuya as its first Headmistress. Meikof Kasuya succeeded his sister as Iemoto (Headmaster) ten years later. In 1983 Meikof’s son, Akihiro Kasuya became the third, and current, Iemoto. The School was founded on the idea of creating original ikebana suitable for modern lifestyles and all environments and spaces. Today, the Ichiyo School has Chapters and students worldwide and it continues to bring new ideas to the traditional art form of ikebana.

The arrangements should be a complementary element of the space in which they are located, whether it’s a traditional Japanese tokonoma, a Western living room, a hotel lobby, or a city park.

The current Iemoto is Akihiro Kasuya. He was born in 1947, the youngest of four sons. Between 1967 and 1970, he studied at the International School in Washington D.C., and the New York School of Interior Design. He resides in Tokyo with his wife (an ikebana artist in her own right) and two sons, but travels extensively throughout the world promoting, demonstrating, and teaching Ichiyo ikebana. Mr. Kasuya’s philosophy is that “every material has its own characteristics and essential nature. When I select ikebana material I first try to discern its essential features in a process that is akin to communicating with the flowers. A flower’s expression changes with different environments and depending on each expression, the surrounding atmosphere also changes.”

The style of arranging is contemporary and includes free-form, moribana, nageire, and Ichiyo seika. The Ichiyo School pioneered the use of crossing lines in ikebana arrangements and using balance and tension, rather than a kenzan, to hold floral materials in place. The method of instruction is designed to be easily understood and enables students to advance in a relatively short period of time; there are six courses of twenty lessons each between Beginner and Instructor.


Headquarters address:

Ichiyo School of Ikebana
4-17-5 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001, Japan
www.ichiyo-ikebana-school.com/e/

Contact:

Deborah Warriner
(619) 435-9712
Email: ichiyo.sd@gmail.com



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