Sogetsu Ikebana Rose Festival Exhibition

Sogetsu Ikebana Rose Festival Exhibition

Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2013
Garden Hours
Pavilion Verandas
Included with Garden Admission

“Always I am listening to the heart beat of the Earth, and my creations echo this pulse of Nature.”

Jonathan Ley

Each year for the past 40 years, the Sogetsu School of Ikebana has presented their annual exhibition at the Garden as a sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival.

Not every school of ikebana embraces the use of Western floral materials such as the rose, but the Sogetsu School is known for its willingness to explore new ideas and materials. The founder, Sofu Teshigawara, broke away from tradition in 1927 to establish his new school based on the belief that anyone can arrange ikebana anywhere, and with almost anything. The Sogetsu philosophy advocates that ikebana should be part of a lifestyle, appreciated by many people from all over the world, rather than being considered an exclusive aspect of Japanese culture to be enjoyed by a limited number of people. Just as people are different from each other, Sogetsu School encourages ikebana students to be individual and imaginative.

Now under the direction of Akane Teshigahara, Sogetsu School’s fourth Iemoto (Grand Master), the school seeks to stay in tune with the times and continue to explore the boundaries of the field of contemporary ikebana in Japan. As the daughter of film director Hiroshi Teshigahara (the third Iemoto of the Sogetsu School), she approaches her art form with intense creativity and a lively spirit that inspires her students worldwide.

This festival is underwritten in part by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.