Meet the Founder of Sogetsu School

Ikebana Japanese culture

Stuck at home in this lockdown period, I just found this rare movie about Sogetsu School and its founder, Sofu Teshigahara.  As I mentioned in my previous post Sogetsu School: Anytime, anywhere, by anyone, Sogetsu is one of the major Ikebana schools in Japan.  If you are studying Sogetsu ikebana, this movie is a must to watch!  Even if you have never done ikebana before, if you have a slight interest in Japanese culture, I strongly recommend you watch it.

Simply titled as “Ikebana,” this movie was created in 1956, directed by Sofu’s son Hiroshi Teshigahara.  Hiroshi was the third grandmaster of Sogetsu Ikebana himself, but may be better known as a film director in the world.

Year 1956… that’s 64 years ago! The movie shows you how different Japan was then:
how people used to be dressed in Japan (so many people still wearing kimono!),
what neon signs in Ginza district looked like then,
how people still remembered WW II then (which ended just 11 years prior).

But the movie also shows you how much ikebana, its essence and its inspiration, remain the same.  And I’m convinced that ikebana will continue to inspire you, me, and the whole world in the future.

How I wish to have taken lessons directly from Sofu, but how lucky I am to have found this movie, and above all to have encountered ikebana.

The movie is about 30 minutes long, so please enjoy it!

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