Ikenobo styles

Ikebana tips #27: Introducing Shoka Shimputai

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For the next few of my videos, and as a prelude to developing more indepth lessons, I’d like to give you a tour of the different Ikenobo Ikebana styles.  To start with let’s take a brief look at Shoka Shimputai, one of the more modern of Ikenobo styles.

Shoka shimputai is modern, striking Shoka style of Ikebana that was introduced, in the 1977, by our current Headmaster Sen’ei Ikenobo.  It is a simpler form that reflects our modern lifestyles. Shoka Shimputai expresses life and is usually vivid and striking.  It embodies the concept of “less is more” …simple-looking Shoka Shimputai may be, but it can be tricky to arrange; watch out for mizugiwa…



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