• 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 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.



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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

    Kado Sensho Ikenobo school is a Japanese national organization founded in 1930 by Yudo Moroizumi, the great-grandfather of current Iemoto Yoriko Moroizumi. The characteristic of our school is shown in the variety of flower shapes that we have used and that we continue to use and to preserved classical flowers designs such as Rikka , Nageire, Seika and Moribana and have developed new flowers such as natural flowers, free flowers, colorful flowers, and

    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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    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.


    All new lessons start January 2024

    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

  • Equipment List


    The following equipment will be needed to start your lessons: 

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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. I will help with finding the correct container.
    4. 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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