About Ikebana International

About Ikebana

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is much more than mere floral decoration. It is an art like painting, calligraphy, sculpture and bonsai are arts. It has a recorded history, specified principles and theories, requires highly developed technical skills, and most importantly, it is a creative means of expression.

Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, has been practiced for more than 600 years. Its beginnings are traced to the introduction of Buddhism to Japan in the 6th century when offerings of flowers were placed on the altar, and later in containers, in honor of Buddha. Over the centuries, ikebana evolved from the temple to the castle and, eventually, to the Japanese home. Many different styles and schools of ikebana developed along the way. Today, there are over 2,000 different schools of ikebana. They include both classical and modern styles.

About Ikebana International

Ikebana International Oslo Chapter # 236, a cultural, nonprofit, Chapter of Ikebana International. The objective of the  Chapter is to promote mutual understanding and friendship between countries through ikebana and other related arts. We also aim to strengthen relationships among masters, teachers and students of ikebana, and others interested in the ideals of Ikebana International through mutual cooperation with other Ikebana International Chapters. The motto of Ikebana International is “Friendship through Flowers.”

Ikebana International is an organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of ikebana. The late Ellen Gordon Allen founded the organization in 1956 to promote friendship among the peoples of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana. Today, there are chapters of Ikebana International in over 50 countries with a membership of approximately 10,000 persons. The headquarters of Ikebana International is in Tokyo, Japan. Every five years, it sponsors an international conference for members from all over the world. To learn more, visit the website of Ikebana International at http://www.ikebanahq.org.