• Kado Sensho Ikenobo

    School of Ikebana

    The Philosophy of Wa (harmony), Kei (respect), Sei (purity) and Jaku (tranquility) are integral parts of each design. As well as movement, depth and negative space.

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    Design by Sensei Margy Metzler

    This design was for an exhibit in Okinawa Japan and used bento boxes.

  • Official Website for Kado Sensho Ikenobo United States Chapter

    Chapter President and Kado Sensho Ikenobo Sensei Margy Metzler received her training from Master Sensei and Japanese National living Treasure Keiko Robins while living in Okinawa, Japan. Margy studied for many years to receive her Sensei certificates. She is a Nihon-Sokatoku and the highest ranked Kado Sensho Ikenobo teacher in North and Central America. Margy has been teaching for 15 years. Both in Japan and the USA. Margy brings an art and design background to her Ikebana as well as the philosophy of the Urasenke Chado tradition of the Tea Ceremony. Margy teaches, demonstrates and gives workshops.


    Chapter Vice President Elizabeth Biddle started her training while living in Okinawa Japan under Sensei Keiko Robins. She complete her training under Sensei Margy and is a Level Three Sensei. She continues her training as well as teaching, demonstrations and workshops.



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    Sensei Margy Metzler

    Margy is dressed in a formal kimono given to her by Tomoko Fujita who lives in Kyoto. She wears this kimono to perform the Urasenke Tea Ceremony.

  • History of Kado Sensho Ikenobo

    Yudo Ishibashi, the founder of the Kado Sensho Ikenobo school of Ikebana, was born in 1880 in the Saga prefecture of Japan. He was the second son of Tokuemon Ishibashi, a Samurai. At the age of five, he adopted his mother's family name and was known thereafter as Yado Moroizumi. His early interests included,Kado, flower arranging, and Chado, tea ceremony. He was an adept student of both. Yudo studied flower arranging at the Ikenobo school and became very well-known around Kyushu.
    In 1918, he was appointed to the head of the Fukuoka area for the Ikenobo School. In 1921 he became in charge of all prefecture in Kyushu and became active in school politics as well as in flower arranging. In 1928, he started teaching at the Honbu, Ikenobo School headquarters and was appointed to the positions of Kamkacho, the head of the arrangement section. In this roll, he paid a great effort to spread knowledge of the Ikenobo School. At this time, the Ikenobo School only atught the classsical forms of arrangement and did not teach the modern forms.
    Moroizumi attempted to persude ikenobo's Iemoto, headmater, to approve the teaching modern forms and also to allow more democratic process within the school by including a board of directors. This was veto by the Iemote. Yado Moroizumi then ask permission to start his own school which was granted and the school offically opened in 1930 and he became know as Sensho Ikenobo. Sensho Ikenobo pass away in 1950 and his son then became the new Iemoto. Yoriko Moroizumi is the current Iemoto, the great granddaughter of Yudo Moroizumi. (paraphsed from Ikebana of Japan by Nansui Nagase and the school's Japanese website)








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    SW Florida please contact Sensei Margy @keirandesigns@fastmail.fm


    Northern Virgina / DC Area please contact Sensei Elizabeth@ kadosenshoikenobo@gmail.com


    Harrisburg PA and surrounding areas please contact Assistant Instructor Ellen @kadosenshoikenobo@gmail.com


    If you live outside the above areas Sensei Margy and Sensei Elizabeth offer zoom lessons.


    The Teacher will notify each student of the fees associated with each class and schedule.

    See equipment list for supplies needed.

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    Certificates are offered for Beginner through Teacher level

    Fees are charged for each level

  • Okinawa Star Sand

    The Truth Behind Each Okinawa Star Sand Beach in Japan

    By Greg Robertson


    One of the rarest forms of sand, star sand, is both a beautiful sight and a scientific marvel. Found on the Taketomi, Hatoma, and Iriomote islands of Japan, star sand is exactly what the name implies — small, millimeter-sized pieces of sand in the shape of stars. Let’s uncover the truth behind each Okinawa star sand beach.

    At first glance, the beaches look like any other. Only when visitors take a closer look at the beach they stand on does it become clear that this is no ordinary sand. Despite the small size of the sand particles, beach-goers have no problem seeing this incredible five-pointed star shape with the naked eye.

    Unlike most beaches, the sand on Hoshizuna Beach and other surrounding Japanese beaches is made up not of rocks and minerals, but rather of the remnants of previous organisms. Each little star is the exoskeleton of small, single-celled organisms known as Foraminifera. This means that, though the sand is no longer alive, it once was part of a living organism in the Pacific Ocean.

    The complete article can be found at:


    travelawaits.com February 10,2024



  • Equipment List


    The following equipment will be needed to start your lessons: 


    Each new student will be required to buy the beginner textbook

    • Ikebana scissors: It is recommended that students invest in high-quality Ikebana scissors, also known as "Hashmi", as they play a critical role in the art form.
    • 3 1/2 “ or 4” Kenzan also know as a pin frog. Two will be required in some designs. The second Kenzan can be smaller.
    • Low flat container ( 10” or 12” round or 12” or 14” long rectangle) at least 2” high. All Moribana lessons in the Beginner’s Textbook can be done in one of these container. Nageire lessons will need a tall vase. The teacher will help with finding the correct container.
    • Bucket or container big enough to hold your flowers, Kenzan with flowers or the whole container.

    Small whisk brush to clean up your work space and/or a small towel to place under your container while working.



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