Sōgetsu-ryū

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Sōgetsu-ryū (草月流?) is a school of Ikebana, or Japanese floral art.

History[edit]

The founder Sōfu Teshigahara in 1948

Sogetsu was founded by Sōfu Teshigahara in 1927.[1] Sofu's father was an Ikebana master, who taught his son from childhood. Sofu wanted to become a painter, but he found that the possibilities for creative expression in using green materials are endless, just as in painting.[2]

He found that the strict rules of traditional ikebana did not allow individual expression. He broke away from traditional ikebana and formed his school in 1926.[3] In the beginning, he promoted the school through radio.

As of 2016, there have been four headmasters. Sofu's daughter Kazumi was a gifted artist. She became the second headmaster until she died at age 47. Her elder brother, film director Hiroshi Teshigahara, took over. The current headmaster is Akane, Sofu's granddaughter.[3]

The Sogetsu school is an open-minded and avant-gardist school. The school was one of the first to have English textbooks.[4]

A famous saying by Sofu Teshigahara and credo of the Sogetsu school is that Sogetsu can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime with any kind of material. [5]

The school is led by Akane Teshigahara, the founder's granddaughter.[6] Noted practitioners include Master Instructor Koka Fukushima, whose masterclasses worldwide have received acclaim in floral art circles.[7]

The headquarters was constructed by the architect Kenzo Tange.[8]

Styles[edit]

Sōgetsu typically uses either a tall, narrow vase such as one made from a bamboo stem, or a flat, open dish in which the flowers and branches are fixed in a hidden kenzan spiked support. However, other forms are possible, including highly elaborate creations that fill an entire hall. The arrangements in a tall vase are called Nageire, the once in a shallow container are called Moribana.

One of Sōgetsu's central ideas is that an arrangement should have three strong elements, each with certain proportions and arranged at a certain angle. But there is considerable latitude to work with whatever materials are available and to express the spirit of the moment.

References[edit]

Sōgetsu Hall headquarters in Tokyo
  1. ^ "Ikebana International". 
  2. ^ Teshigahara, Sofu (1979). Kadensho, the book of flowers. Sogetsu Shuppan Inc. pp. 9–12. ISBN 4-88145-001-8. 
  3. ^ a b "IKEBANA SOGETSU Time-line - Know Sogetsu". 
  4. ^ Beunen, Ilse (2015). Exploring Ikebana. Stichting Kunstboek. ISBN 978-90-5856-504-4. 
  5. ^ Teshigahara, Hiroshi (1986). Ikebana Sogetsu. Shufunotomo co., Ltd. p. 1. ISBN 4-07-974618-0. 
  6. ^ "IKEBANA SOGETSU Profile - Sogetsu and Akane Teshigahara". 
  7. ^ Kenrick, Vivienne (13 August 2005). "Koka Fukushima" – via Japan Times Online. 
  8. ^ "IKEBANA SOGETSU Sogetsu HQ Building - Know Sogetsu". 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sōgetsu-ryū at Wikimedia Commons