Ikenobo Ikebana Blue Ridge Society

Since 1991

                 Rikka                                      Shoka                                    Free Style

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.

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.

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.