International Society of Ikebana Studies

Fostering Deeper Understanding of Ikebana through Research

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Call for Ikebana Essays

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International Society of Ikebana Studies (ISIS) welcomes your contribution of Ikebana essays again for the next volume of International Journal of Ikebana Studies (IJIS).  The due date is 30 September 2020.

The essay should be up to 600 words (in English) and should not contain more than two images (optional). Send your work in the body of an email (not as an attachment) to . Please include the title of your essay, your name, your affiliation (optional) and your postal address. Attaching an image is optional. It should be less than 0.5 meg (Once accepted, we may ask you to send a larger file). Your image will be published in black and white.

If your essay is accepted, you will receive a copy of the IJIS that contains your essay for free. Please note that our call for essays is open to anyone interested in Ikebana, including non-members of ISIS. If you know people who might be interested in sharing their Ikebana experiences, please let them know about this opportunity.

If you essay has been accepted in one of our previous issues and you would like to submit another essay, we recommend you to become a member first.

We also welcome your contribution of Ikebana thesis and other articles (up to 5000 words). ISIS accepts papers only from its members. Please join ISIS first to submit your paper.

Please see our Journal page & membership page for the details.


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2020 Spring Regular Conference


Associate Professor YOSHIKAWA Junko (Kyoto Institute of Technology) talked about A Brief Historical Sketch of Ikebana in Western Countries. Thank you, Associate Professor YOSHIKAWA and all the participants.

When: 13:00 – 16:30, Monday 27 January 2020

Where: Room 313, Building 10, Matusgasaki Campus, Kyoto Institute of Technology






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Call for Papers

Melbourne Ikebana Conference 2020

When: 4pm, Saturday 19 September 2020

Where: Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 June 2020

Melbourne Ikebana Conference 2020 is a regular conference organised by the International Society of Ikebana Studies in association with Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival. If you would like to present a paper in this conference, please send your abstract (250 words) to

We welcome any research topic on ikebana. Sample topics are listed in this page.

Please submit your abstract early. If your abstract is accepted, you normally hear from us within 2 weeks.

If accepted, you are expected to talk for 20 min. at the conference, and you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the International Journal of Ikebana Studies.

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Regular Conference, September 2019

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International Society of Ikebana Studies, Regular Conference, September 2019

Shoso Shimbo, PhD talked about the rise of free style ikebana in 1920’s as part of Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival.

When: 9 am, 1 September 2019

Where: Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne


Influence of the Western Modernism on Perception of Nature in Ikebana: A New Interpretation of Ikenobo Senno Kuden (1542) and Its Hidden Link to the Rise of Free Style in the Modern Japan

Western culture, in particular the Modernism Art Movement, has had an influence on Ikebana since the Meiji period (1868 – 1912). As such, Ikebana has undergone a cultural transformation that is closely related to a redefinition of Ikebana, incorporating a reconsideration of the attitude to nature in Japan. This study focuses on works by Suido Yamane (1893 – 1966), Mirei Shigemori (1896 -1975) and Hiroshi Teshigahara (1927 – 2001) who were particularly conscious of the influence of Western culture on Ikebana.

My talk today is a small part of my research on influence of the Western culture on Ikebana, and it focuses on Suido Yamane who proposed free style arrangements in the 1920’s for the first time in the history of Ikebana. I would like to focus on the relationship between Ikenobo Senno Kuden in the 16th century and emergence of free style Ikebana in the 1920’s.

There is an argument that, in modern Japan under the influence of Western culture, there was a shift in the view of what Ikebana symbolically represents – from universal structural orders to life energy. However, these external and internal approaches were both mentioned in the classic Ikebana text, Ikenobo Senno Kuden (1542). This concept of Ikebana as a representation of life energy did not begin with the reformers in 1920’s & 1930’s, it has been around since the early stage of development in Ikebana and deserves more attention.

This study suggests that with encountering Western culture, Ikebana artists and theorists became aware of the differences in the perception of nature in the West and in Japan. In their effort to incorporate Western attitudes to nature into Ikebana, they needed to reconsider the essence of Ikebana, and develop new theories on Ikebana. This study also suggests that those new theories are often based on Eastern philosophy.