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Shoka Style

Shoka's origin are in the simpler ikebana of the 18th century. Shoka came fully into flower in the 19th century. Shoka shofutai's three main branches, shin, soe and tai, form a unity which expresses life's perpetual change and renewal. We present our impression of a plant's essence simply and beautifully. Shoka rises gracefully from the water's edge, "mizugiwa" filled with our feeling of the life hidden in each branch, leaf and flower.

Shoka shinputai, a new style developed by the present head master of the Ikenobo school, presents a bright, modern feeling. The two main parts, shu and yo, respond to each other with contrasting yet harmonious qualities. A third part, ashirai, is often added as a finishing touch.

This is an example of Shoka Shinputai.

Shoka Mazeike expressing refined vertical lines.

Japanese maple leaves are increasing in popularity.

A meditative mood.

Arrangement in a traditional bamboo vase.

Using African flowers for variety!

The gokuraku-cho flower (Bird of paradise flower) gives an exotic impression simply.

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