About IKENOBO Ikebana Society of America

The Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America was founded in 1964.  It originated in New York City to promote ikebana in North America.  In 1968, it opened a branch in San Francisco’s Japantown to expand membership on the West Coast and Hawaii.  In 1970, the North American headquarters officially moved from New York to San Francisco.

San Francisco Japantown Pagoda

The San Francisco office was thoughtfully designed with elegant display windows to introduce ikebana to the general public.  Each week teachers from the Northern California Chapter travel with their students to display unique ikebana arrangements in each of the four display windows.  These exhibits generate great interest and praise for the art of ikebana.

Our current headmaster, Sen’ei Ikenobo, is devoted to promote and enhance the beauty and harmony of Ikenobo ikebana worldwide.  Every year since 1968, skillfully trained Ikenobo Professors from the Ikenobo headquarters in Kyoto, Japan have been selected to travel to America.  In the beginning, each visiting professor would stay for an entire year.  Today, there are three professors sent each year, serving a term of approximately three months.  The professors must go through a special examination process in Japan to be chosen as a visiting professor.  The professors are honored to become members of the Kiri No Kai (“foggy club”) once they have completed their visit.  The Visiting Professors enhance the knowledge and understanding of ikebana by providing lectures, workshops and demonstrations to Ikenobo chapters, Ikenobo study groups, and other organizations.   Through this and many other activities and efforts, interest in Ikenobo Ikebana continues to flourish.

Ikenbana Demonstration

The Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America is a non-profit organization that continues to spread the tradition and philosophy of Ikenobo ikebana throughout the world.  With the 550th Year Celebration of Ikenobo Recorded History and the 45th Anniversary of the headquarters office is San Francisco, Ikenobo ikebana has magnificently withstood the test of time.  Now, another important event will occur as the office of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America will move to a new location at the end of February 2013.  The new address is 1581 Webster Street, Suite 150, San Francisco, California 94115.  For those familiar with the current office, the new location is in the nearby Kinokuniya Building of the Japan Center.  Although the move will be difficult, the office is hopeful that this will be a fresh beginning for many more successful years in the continuing history of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America.

When the San Francisco office first opened there were 14 chapters and several hundred members.  Currently, there are 41 chapters, 6 study groups and 8 foreign chapters, with several thousand members.  The Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America, in association with the Ikenobo Headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, now handles Ikenobo chapters and members worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia.

Golden Gate Bridge


Sen'ei Ikenobo

Forty-fifth Generation
Ikenobo Headmaster


Senko Ikenobo

Ikenobo Headmaster Designate