“Friendship Through Flowers”
Ikebana international is a worldwide organization founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen. Its members are dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arrangement) and other related arts of Japan. Ikebana International (I.I.) today boasts over 8,000 members in more than 50 countries.
Ikebana International is administered by enthusiastic volunteers of many different nationalities and ikebana schools. Some of the ikebana schools stress classic styles while others focus on creative, contemporary forms and some blend the two. While each school is different, they openly share their inspirations, styles, philosophy, history and techniques with one another.
Membership in I.I. is open to all persons interested in the art of ikebana and the ideals of I.I. regardless of previous experience.