Welcome to Ikenobo Ikebana Blue Ridge Chapter

We enjoy learning the way of flowers

About Us

Our chapter consists of individuals who are at all levels of study, from novice to professors of Ikenobo. We are all learning together the beautiful art of Ikebana through studying with our senseis (instructors), workshops with visiting professors, and through demonstrations of styles and our practicing these styles at our monthly meetings. We would love to have you join us. Visitors are always welcome.
For more information about an upcoming meeting, you are invited to contact President Emiko Suzuki : ikenobohvl@gmail.com    

2020 Programs

Meetings of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society Blue Ridge Chapter are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m., First Congregational Church of Hendersonville, 1735 Fifth Avenue West, Hendersonville NC

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Local Teacher

Emiko Suzuki is a teacher of Ikenobo Ikebana in Hendersonville, NC.  

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About Ikenobo


Ikenobo Ikebana

Ikebana originated with Ikenobo, beginning in Kyoto, Japan, as a Buddhist floral offering. Passed down through generations of the Ikenobo family and from teacher to student, Ikenobo has spread throughout Japan and around the world. We invite you to begin by contacting an Ikenobo teacher. Discovery and enjoyment await as Ikenobo's principles suggest new possibility in the beauty of floral material in your own country. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.  More information at official Ikenobo website (EN)

Ikenobo Styles


  • Rikka Shofutai(立華 )-- the origin of ikebana, an upright style traditionally depicting a landscape, but also studied in very modern forms. Nine or seven main parts, or yakueda, each with a specific intent
  • Rikka Shimputai -- a more modern and relaxed style of Rikka. It was created in 1999.

    more about Rikka : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1ulB7KQB4Y
  • Shoka Shofutai(生花) -- - a traditional style in a variety of containers, using one kind of material (isshuike), two kinds of materials (nishuike), or three kinds of materials (sanshuike); main points are called shin, soe and tai.
  • Shoka Shimputai -- new style of Shoka developed by Sen'ei Ikenobo, 45th Headmaster, as an expression in the Shoka Shofutai form, suitable for modern living spaces. Main points are called shu, yo and ashirai. Containers are usually narrow-based with height. This was formed in 1977.

    more about Shoka :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7StgL6bVoxg
  • Free Style (or Jiyuka 自由花) -- may use plant as well as artificial accent materials in abstract ways to express the artistic sensibility of modern life. Free Style has no set pattern or form. The various qualities of plant materials provide new starting points for creative arrangement. Some free style arrangements emphasize the natural shapes and characters of plant materials. Other arrangements look at plant materials in new ways, with utilization determined by the expressive intention of the arranger.

more about Free Style : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1ulB7KQB4Y

Exhibitions, News and Reviews

The Art of Ikebana : Instructor Shares Lifetime of Study
BlueRidgeNow.com/Times-News Online


The art of ikebana page 1 (pdf)


The art of ikebana page 2 (pdf)


Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our flower friends, so feel free to visit us at a monthly meeting. Meetings of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society Blue Ridge Chapter are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Hendersonville.

1735 Fifth Avenue West, Hendersonville NC 28739

For information, please call 828-226-2979.