“Anytime, Anywhere, by Anyone - In 1927, when everybody believed practicing ikebana meant following established forms, Sofu Teshigahara recognized Ikebana as a creative art and founded the Sogetsu School. Anyone can enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana anytime, anywhere, using any material.“
“The heart comes first, then the hands follow.”
(Sofu Teshigahara, Kadensho 40).
My approach is to teach Ikebana Sogetsu students the deeper meaning of Ikebana, which Sofu Teshigahara describes as a world of encounters between nature and humanity. For me, it is important not only to learn and realize the formal beauty of an Ikebana arrangement, but also to feel and realize the spiritual energy and message of an Ikebana arrangement.
“Being able to express the totality of the universe through a single element is at the heart of Ikebana ”
(Sofu Teshigahara, Kadensho 15)