What is Ikebana International?

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Ikebana International (I.I.) is a non-profit cultural organization headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. It was founded in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen who promoted the aim of fostering international fellowship through the study of Ikebana. With the motto, “Friendship Through Flowers,” I.I. has over 10,000 members from over 60 countries worldwide.

Our Denver Chapter 66 was founded in 1962 and consists of major schools including Ichiyo, Ikenobo, Ohara, Sangetsu and Sogetsu. With over 60 members today, we continue to expand our presence by sharing our passion and appreciation of Ikebana in the greater Denver area. We’re also part of the Ikebana International North & Central American Region (NCAR) , a headquarters for the North and Central American regional chapters.

Our Mission

To use Ikebana and other related arts of Japan to foster our motto, “Friendship Through Flowers” by bridging all cultures of the world and promoting an appreciation of nature.

Our Purpose

To build awareness and appreciation of Ikebana in the Denver area, to foster the exploration, education, friendship and spirit of Ikebana in our members and those we influence through our art form.

Our Goal

To increase knowledge and participation in our community, to educate and expand membership to new members and to recognize accomplishments of our members, teachers and those interested in Ikebana.