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.
Design by Sensei Margy Metzler
This design was for an exhibit in Okinawa Japan and used bento boxes.
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Chapter President and Kado Sensho Ikenobo Sensei Margy Metzler received her training from Master Sensei and Japanese National living Treasure Keiko Robbins 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 Ikenob teacher in 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.
Chapter Vice President Elizabeth Biddle started her training while living in Okinawa Japan under Sensei Keiko Robbins. She is completing her training under Sensei Margy.
Sensei Margy Metzler
Margy is dressed in a formal kimono given to her by a Japanese friend from Kyoto. She wears this kimono to perform the Urasenke Tea Ceremony.
History of Kado Sensho Ikenobo
ichishi-ichika ( which loosely translated means love and understand of the season of flowers or one with the seasonal flowers)
Furthermore, we are striving to popularize quick and simple ikebana designs that fits the modern lifestyle. Our ikebana designs have the flexibility to evolve change with the times .
The first Head Master was Yumichi Moroizumi (born in Meiji 13 period (1880) died in the Showa 25 period (1950). He had studied for many years the designs of Sensho Ikenobo who had developed the Shofutai design which is used in our school. He was very high up in the Ikenobo school and was in charge of all the designs in Kyoto. When he wanted to start his own school that allowed for more creativity he was given permission by the Iemoto of the Ikenobo school. Iemoto Moroizumi combined the Senchado (another name for tea ceremony) and Ogasawara-ryu (a traditional system of martial arts and etiquette) to the designs of our school.
In our school we use Kado instead of Ikebana because it refers not only to the beauty of the flowers but also requires manners, techniques, mental and physical training. It is considered to be one of the ”ways” of Japanese beliefs. The designs of Kado are therefore referred to as “Ikebana flower arranging” and specialists of the ways of the Kado are called
“Kadoka” meaning flower masters. Kado Sensho Ikenobo prides itself on creativity and using only plant material in the designs. We are one with nature!
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