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Chado . Ikebana .

Community Classes


Ikebana means ‘make flowers come alive,’ ‘make flowers active,’ or ‘make flowers fresh.’ In order to be arranged, flowers are cut from the roots, which means their life is biologically terminated. Yet, in ikebana, as the name indicates, the arranger is expected to give a new life to already cut flowers.

Each flower must be carefully studied to bring out its intrinsic beauty to the fullest. When displayed to their full advantage, flowers enhance each other, and take on new life. Students are expected to apply the principle of ikebana not only to create exciting floral pieces, but also to develop keen aesthetic sensitivities and enrich their lives.

The Illinois Prairie Ikenobo Ikebana Chapter conducts monthly workshops at Japan House. A different style of Ikenobo ikebana is practiced each month along with Japanese aesthetics and philosophy. The instructors are Kimiko Gunji, Chapter president and Jeanne Holy, Chapter vice-president. Once a year, the Chapter hosts a professor from the Headquarters of the Ikenobo Ikebana School. For fee information or to make a reservation contact Jeanne Holy at

Other Community Classes:

Chado: The Way of Tea