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 Japanese word IKE means “pond” and Bo means “a priest’s hut”. A priest of the Rokkaku-do Temple, officially the Choho-ji, was so skilled in flower arrangement that he was sought out for instruction. Living by the side of a pond, the name IKENOBO became attached to him and the priests there that specialized in flower arrangement. Generations of priests became famous for their skill in flower arrangement and IKENOBO became “the origin of IKEBANA”. IKENOBO encourages students to receive classical training and explore modern RIKKA, SHOKA, and free styles.
In Japan, arranging flowers is considered an art form and a way of life called KADO, KA meaning flower and DO meaning way or path.