The origin of IKEBANA dates back 500 years to the history of IKENOBO, the oldest school of IKEBANA. IKENOBO is based at the Rokkaku-do Temple in Kyoto, Japan.
The OHARA SCHOOL OF IKEBANA was founded by Unshin Ohara in 1912. The OHARA SCHOOL emphasizes seasonal qualities and natural growth processes. Students of the OHARA SCHOOL are encouraged to observe nature.
The SOGETSU SCHOOL OF IKEBANA was established by Sofu Teshigahara in 1926. His belief that flowers can be arranged by anyone and displayed anywhere using any material encourages appreciation by people from all over the world rather than being exclusively of Japanese culture.
The ICHIYO SCHOOL OF IKEBANA was founded by Ichiyo and Meikof Kasuya in 1937. Arrangements in the ICHIYO style are designed to give the viewer an unexpected, stimulating, and profound experience with nature.