about ikebana international

Ikebana International (I.I.) is a non-profit making, cultural organization founded by an American, the late Mrs. Ellen Gordon Allen in 1956. Its aim is to stimulate goodwill and international friendship through the study of Ikebana.  It also provides an umbrella organization for the many different schools of Ikebana.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Ikebana International benefits from the advice and full co-operation of the headmasters of all the leading Japanese schools of Ikebana.

I.I. exhibition 2012Ikebana International UK Chapters

Ikebana International has 162 chapters around the world, including 8 chapters in the United Kingdom.  There are Chapters in Belfast, Birmingham, Durham, Huddersfield, Leicester, and Manchester.  Many of them have websites you can visit.

The London chapter, No.6, was founded in 1958 as the first chapter in Europe.  It has members from many different schools as the founder of I.I. intended.  This mixing of ideas and styles is a great stimulus for further creativity.

Ikebana International Activities

The London chapter of Ikebana International holds meetings with a varied and interesting programme of demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions. Members also receive annually three beautiful and colourfully illustrated magazines from Tokyo covering arrangements from many different schools and the culture of Japan.  Members also receive three news letters a year from London chapter.