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Sogetsu Portland Fall Show

A floral arrangement, known as ikebana in Japan.
Ikebana done by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Photo by Jonathan Ley.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2024 / 10:00am – 4:30pm*

Sunday, November 3rd, 2024 / 10:00am – 4:00pm*

*This show will also be open during Member Hours starting at 9:00am

The Sogetsu School of Ikebana believes ikebana can be practiced anytime, anywhere, by anyone. Local artists from the Sogetsu Portland Branch will create a wide range of styles from basic to abstract which use objects of sculptural intent and character. The three main elements designers use are line, mass, and color, with an emphasis on the designer’s individual artistic expression and creativity. Visit the Garden to see how their arrangements both suit and enhance the Yanai Classroom in the Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center.

Ikebana, a Japanese artform, has been translated as “living flowers” or “giving life to flowers,” and is unique from other approaches to flower arrangement. In ikebana, asymmetry and the use of empty space are essential features of the overall composition. A sense of harmony among the materials, the container, and the setting is also crucial.

About The Sogetsu School

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 create 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.


Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center was designed to be the cultural, educational, and architectural hub of the new Cultural Village. “With a new classroom, library, and performance space, the Learning Center provides an open and welcoming space where visitors can learn more about the culture that gave us the Japanese garden art form,”