• "Friendship through Flowers"

    Ikebana International

    San Antonio #46


    The San Antonio Ikebana Chapter Meets 2nd Thursday

    from September to June.

    We meet at the San Antonio Botanical Garden Center

    555 Funston Place, San Antonio 

    9:00 AM 


    5/24 - 2022 Election of Officers


    If the art of Ikebana seems like something you would enjoy in the San Antonio area, then please join Ikebana International Chapter 46.  


    Contact Us at ikebanainternationalch46@gmail.com for membership information. 



    About our San Antonio Ikebana Chapter

    Ikebana International San Antonio Chapter #46 is part of a world-wide cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of the Japanese art of flower arrangement

    What is Ikebana?

    Ikebana is about the art of Japanese flower arranging and so much more. We celebrate nature in flower arranging, the interesting and different cultures of Japan and friendship through flowers.

    What is Ikebana International?

    The organization was founded in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen whose dream was to create an association uniting the people of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana. Today, that dream has spread to over 50 countries/areas, with 143 chapters and a membership of more than 7,000.


    What is North and Central American Region?

    The North and Central American Region (NCAR) is the largest region of seven regions within Ikebana International, reaching from Canada to the Panama Canal. Its Regional Advocate Committee seeks to strengthen relationships with the 68 NCAR chapters – through engagement, communication and knowledge sharing – to enhance chapter and school vitality.

  • Membership Benefits

    Join our membership by downloading the form below and forward to: ikebanainternationalch46@gmail.com

    Multiple Ikebana Schools

    Ikebana International is the only organization where you can learn about many different ikebana schools.

    Monthly Chapter Meetings

    Members get together at monthly meetings to see ikebana demonstrations, hear lectures on related topics or participate in ikebana workshops.

    Transferability of Membership

    A member is welcome to visit other chapter programs while on their travels. The membership is also transferable from one chapter to another at any time of the year upon presentation of a valid membership card.

    Associate Membership

    A member may belong to additional chapters at reduced rates upon proof of

    membership of their primary chapter.

    Opportunity for lessons

    Members can obtain contact information of certified ikebana teachers that belong to the chapter, as well as information of teachers that teach virtually from another chapter.

    Opportunity to teach new students

    Teachers can gain students and be listed in the North and Central American Region’s website. Alternatively, teachers encourage their students to become members.

    Ikebana International Magazine

    A premier publication, issued three times a year, richly illustrated with color plates of ikebana arrangements, articles on ikebana or related arts, and in-depth Japanese cultural subjects.

    Chapter Activities and Sakura News

    Two quarterly newsletters from I.I. Headquarters that keep members informed of chapter activities around the world and at I.I. Headquarters.

    Regional Conferences and World Conventions

    Regional Conferences are held periodically every 4 to 5 years in various regions throughout the world for the purpose of offering educational and cultural exchange opportunities to the members. The I.I. World Convention is held every five years in Japan.

    "Friendship through Flowers"

    This is our motto!

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  • Schools and Teachers

  • Schools


    Ikebana is one of the representative aspects of Japanese traditional culture, and ikebana began with Ikenobo.
    In 1462 the name Senkei Ikenobo first appeared in historic records as “master of flower arranging.” Senno Ikenobo, who was active in the late Muromachi period (mid-16th century), established the philosophy of ikebana, completing a compilation of Ikenobo teachings called “Senno Kuden.”

    Senno Ikenobo taught, “Not only beautiful flowers but also buds and withered flowers have life, and each has its own beauty. By arranging flowers with reverence, one refines oneself.”

    Arranging flowers and finding beauty in flowers - these are linked to a heart that values nature and cares for other people. This is the spirit of Ikenobo Ikebana.


    Unshin Ohara founded the Ohara School of Ikebana in the late nineteenth century in the Osaka-Kobe area when Japan opened itself to the world. Influenced by the Western culture, he developed a style of ikebana that was to express the beauty of natural scenery. He searched for ways to arrange the brightly colorful western flowers that were being imported into Japan.

    The basic philosophy of the Ohara School is to observe nature well and emphasize the seasonal qualities, growth process and the beauty of the natural environments.

    The Ohara School is now led by fifth Headmaster Hiroki Ohara and claims more than one million members worldwide.


    Sogetsu Ikebana was founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara who concluded that ikebana is a creative art that can take many forms and expressions. His basic premise is that “anyone can enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana anytime, anywhere, using any material”.

    Sogetsu Ikebana is appropriate in any room of one’s home, in public spaces such as hotel lobbies, banquet rooms, department stores or out of door locations. Suitable for both Japanese and Western environments, it is one of the most contemporary ikebana schools of design.

    Akane Teshigahara is the current and Fourth Iemoto (or headmaster), grand-daughter of Sofu Teshigahara, niece of Kasumi Teshigahara (2nd Iemoto) and daughter of Hiroshi Teshigahara (3rd Iemoto).

    There are forty-seven local branches in Japan (one for each prefecture and three in Tokyo) as well as some hundred branches overseas.

  • Teachers

    Send us an email to reach a teacher:  ikebanainternationalch46@gmail.com


    Sogetsu Teacher - Amira Matsuda



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