History


Sofu Teshigahava
(1900-1979)
1st Iemoto

Born in 1900,he was interested in ikebana from childhood and started sogetsu school of ikebana in 1927.His exhibitions were very popular and he gave demonstrations all over europe and USA, and received many awards.In addition to Ikebana, he continued to create various sculptures, drawings and works of calligraphy.

Sogetsu school, though deeply rooted in Japanese traditions, meets the requirements of the modern age with the new free styles.

Ikebana can be created with whatever material locally available, displayed anywhere and enjoyed by everyone.



Kasumi Teshigahara
(1932-1980)
2nd Iemoto

Kasumi, the first daughter of Sofu Teshigahara, was born in Tokyo in the year 1932.She learned Ikebana under her father's guidance, and accompanied him for all exhibitions and demonstrations.With her feminie elegance she established her own style of ikebana and introduced miniature creations or light and luxurious works using died and colored materials.

In 1979 she became the second Iemoto after Sofu's death, but her career was cut short by her early death at the age of forty-seven in 1980.



Hiroshi Teshigahara
(1927-2001)
3rd Iemoto

Hiroshi Teshigahara, the first son of Sofu Teshigahara who was a well known film director.He became 3rd Iemoto after kasumi Teshigahara.His originality was large-scale solo exhibitions using bamboo.He was also interested in ceramic art and calligraphy.

In 1990, he expanded the range of ikebana by advocating Renka which is a series of impromptu Ikebana arranged by multiple artists.His bamboo installatons in public places have astounded people everywhere.



Akane Teshigahara
4th Iemoto

Born in 1960, the second daughter of Hiroshi Teshigahara.She learned ikebana from Kasumi Teshigahara, her aunt.she planned and produced a street exhibition " Sogetsu Hana Avenue " in 2000. In recent years, she has started creating big ikebana works with sound and light effects.

She inaugurated " Akane Junior Classes " in 1989 to give children a chance to develop their interests.

She is also interested in stage arts, jewelry design, and collaboration with dancers, musicians, calligraphers, and other artists.She has her own style of ikebana, and says "one has to put her heart into it and create Ikebana."