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Introduction to Ikebana Ikenobo Class (Virtual)

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We are excited to offer the next 6 Week Ikebana Course virtually over Zoom.

Class Information

  • Dates: 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7
  • Time: 6:30-8:00pm
  • Location: Online via Zoom Meetings
  • Number of Students: Minimum of 6, Maximum of 10
  • Number of Classes: 6
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: $150.00
  • Registration Deadline: Two weeks prior to first class ( 4/19)

Please take this information into consideration when registering: This class has a minimum number of 6 students. If this minimum is not met by one week prior to the first class date, the class will need to be cancelled. We will reach out to confirm if the class will be taking place or cancelled one week prior to the start date. If we do need to cancel this class, we will keep a credit for the amount you paid on file for the next class taking place. We will not be able to provide refunds for this class.

This class will be held over Zoom and a link to join will be available after registration.

Students will need to secure their own materials for these classes. Material costs are not included in the class price but are estimated to be about $50 total for the 6 weeks of classes.


Class Description

Beginner’s Virtual Class – Students will get a brief review of the history of ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, with a focus on the Ikenobo School of Floral Art. Ikenobo is the oldest school of flower arranging and considered the source of all ikebana. An example of each of the main Ikenobo forms will be demonstrated and then created by the students. Examples of student work will be critiqued virtually after each class.


*Please note that all students are responsible for securing their own materials before the first class in the session. If you have any questions regarding materials, please reach out to the Japanese Culture Center: info@japaneseculturecenter.com

  • Kenzan (pin frog)
  • Hasami (shears)
  • Container (Example: round baking dish)
  • Flowers (The flowers will be discussed during class, and you do not need flowers for the first class)

The container should sit flat on the table and have a bottom that can seat the kenzan in a stable fashion. (Ex: round baking dish) Students will be required to create a design based on the prior class for sharing during the upcoming class. Each student will be responsible for his/her flowers.

For more materials information and examples, please click here.

Format: Zoom video class, class documents will be provided via PowerPoint

Class Schedule:

  1. Introduction to Ikenobo Ikebana
  2. Moribana
  3. Shoka Shofutai
  4. Jiyuka
  5. Shoka Shimputai
  6. To Be Determined

Instructor Information

Professor Charles Harris has assisted with and organized major Midwestern ikebana exhibitions at the Chicago Botanic Garden, conducted flower demonstrations at Columbia College, the University of Iowa, the Art Institute of Chicago, Northeastern University and Loyola University. At the request of Senior Professor Ikka Nakashima, he assumed leadership of the Chicago Chapter of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society. Upon the death of Professor Nakashima, he assumed the responsibility of curating and donating the extensive collection of Japanese items in her estate. That collection now resides at the Japanese Culture Center. The future of ikebana and the Ikenobo School is strong with a new generation of leadership embodied by Headmaster Designate Senko IV. Professor Harris is committed to guiding the Chicago Chapter by maintaining the classical standards of his predecessor while introducing the modern Ikenobo curriculum and forms to a new generation.

Ikebana originated with Ikenobo, beginning in Kyoto, Japan, as a Buddhist floral offering. Passed down through generations of the Ikenobo family and from teacher to student, Ikenobo has spread throughout Japan and around the world. The Chicago Chapter is one of hundreds worldwide that study and teach the art of Japanese flower arranging, Kado, as taught by the Ikenobo School of Kyoto, Japan. In 2013, they celebrated their 550th year of written history and 1,000 years of oral tradition.The Chicago Chapter was founded over 50 years ago by Senior Professor Ikka Nakashima. She is the second woman ever to receive the highest honor given outside the Imperial family, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays. The Emperor of Japan personally presented her with this award in Tokyo for her tireless service in promoting Japanese arts and culture.