May 7
~
Jun 16

Ikebana Demonstration Series

Free

Discover the Japanese art of ikebana in a series of demonstrations and displays at Japan House London. Sessions are led by Kikuchi Junko, professor and teacher of Ikenobō, the oldest and largest school of ikebana.

What is ikebana?

Ikebana, often translated as ‘giving life to flowers’, is the Japanese art of floral design, also known as kadō (lit. ‘the way of flowers’). In ikebana, cut stems, leaves and flowers of seasonal plants are arranged in vases and other vessels, creating an aesthetic balance between the flowers, vessel and the surrounding space.

The origins of ikebana stretch back over 500 years. The first ikebana school, Ikenobō, was established by Buddhist priests at the Rokkaku-dō temple in Kyoto. Since its early origins, ikebana has evolved into different schools, each with their own distinctive styles. Today it is estimated that there are over 3000 ikebana schools in Japan, all tracing their history back to Ikenobō.

Ikebana demonstration details

During each event at Japan House, Kikuchi Junko will give an introduction to Ikenobō and kadō. She will then create a selection of floral arrangements, while explaining the central concepts of each style. Guests are encouraged to ask questions during the demonstrations.

After each event, the arrangements will remain on display in the shop on the ground floor for visitors to enjoy until the following Sunday at 5pm.

All demonstrations are free. Places are limited, book your space here.

Event schedule

  • Saturday 7 May 1pm–2pm
  • Thursday 19 May 1pm–1:45pm
  • Thursday 16 June 1pm–1:45pm
Organisers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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