Modern life is reflected in Sogetsu Ikebana with emphasis on individual expressions. Natural and manmade materials are widely used, often in unexpected ways.
Sogetsu School established by Sofu Teshigahara celebrated its 70th anniversary in 1997. With his revolutionary approach, the lemoto had broken traditional ties with his contributions to the world of ikebana. His daughter, Kasumi, who became the second generation Iemoto, also exhibited a dazzlingly original style. Hiroshi Teshigahara, Sofu’s son succeeded her. Because of his energetic and dynamic attitude the world of Sogetsu Ikebana expanded greatly. Akane Teshigahara, the second daughter of Hiroshi Teshigahara became the forth Iemoto in 2001. Currently she promotes her own vision of the School’s curriculum.
It was lemoto Sofu’s slogan that Sogetsu Ikebana can be arranged by anyone, anywhere with whatever material is available. It is a lifestyle to be appreciated by many people from all over the world, rather than being considered an exclusive aspect of Japanese culture to be enjoyed by a limited number of people. Just as people are different from each other, Sogetsu School encourages ikebana students to be individual and imaginative.