Sunday 28 March 2021

Update: Ikebana Gallery Award

 We are pleased to inform you that Ikebana Gallery Award is now presented in conjunction with the International Society of Ikebana Research (ISIR). 

All updates of Ikebana Gallery Award will be published in the ISIR's website:

Ikebana Gallery Award Page in ISIR:

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Saturday 3 October 2020

Semi-Finalists for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021, September 2020 Quarter

Thank you all the Ikebana students who contributed this quarter. 

The Ikebana Gallery Award Committee is pleased to announce that the following works have been selected as semi-finalists of the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021 for the September 2020 quarter. 

Congratulations to the students whose works have been selected for the semi-final. 

If you have not sent us your details and a list of materials for your work (check our Award page,, please contact us soon,
Please also contact us if you have been selected but you are not eligible for this award. 

If we don't hear from you,  your work may not be considered for selection for the finalists. 

In August 2021, the finalists will be selected from the semi-finalists' works, and will be sent to our special judges.  

We will accept entries for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021 four times a year. Next period to enter is from 25 to 31 December 2020. We hope to receive more of your works toward the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021.


Lam Tan Lei (Hong Kong)↑
Ikebana school: The Sogetsu school of Ikebana
Teacher’s name: Ho Hin Shing
Salix, Carnation, Oncidium
Comment: The curve lines of the arrangement formed by Salix has created a nice shape for the arrangement, while the Carnation and Oncidium has given a contrast colour.

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Katerina Baranova (Ukraine, Kyiv)
Eastern Europe Ikenobo Chapter
Teacher - Olena Kapranova
 Shoka shimputai/Material: Acacia, Eustoma grandi florum, Phlox

Lam Tan Lei (Hong Kong)↑
Ikebana school: The Sogetsu school of Ikebana
Teacher’s name: Ho Hin Shing
 Chrysanthemum,Weeping Forsythia,Craspedia
Comment: The yellow ball shape flowers and container has given different yellow colour tones,while the cut out Weeping Forsythia gives a sharp line to the arrangement.

Eastern Europe Ikenobo Chapter (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Teacher - Olena Kapranova
Student - Lidia Poklyatska 
Jiyuka / Material: Leucospermum, Craspedia, Zamioculcas, Dieffenbachia leaf

Sue H. (Melbourne) 

Anna Andrusenko 
City: Kyiv
Country: Ukraine
School: Eastern Europe Ikenobo Chapter 
Teacher: Angela Lobastov

Lucienne G ↑
City: Lausanne 
Country: Switzerland
School: Ikenobo
Teacher: Ivy Le Maguer
Materials: iris pseudacorus (leaves) - cosmos - achillea
Free - style (jiyuka)

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Thursday 10 September 2020

Zoom Ikebana Dojo - Participants Works

  Before and after the Zoom Ikebana Dojo on Line 1. Thank you for joining us! 

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Thursday 3 September 2020

First Application Period for IGA 2021


First application week for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021 starts on 24 September 2020.  

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Tuesday 25 August 2020

Welcome: Our New Committee Member!


We are pleased to welcome Ms Ivy Le Maguer (France) as our new committee member. Senior Professor of the Ikenobo Society of Floral Art (Kyoto, Japan), Ivy LE MAGUER holds the title of Fukusokatoku, 17th of 18 ranks.

Group leader of the IKENOBO BRETAGNE-FRANCE STUDY GROUP, Le Maguer sensei actively promotes Ikenobo ikebana via classes as well as workshops and gives demonstrations, conferences in France and overseas.

Disciple of KADO “the Path of Flowers”, Le Maguer sensei firmly believes in life-long learning as well as in the practice of the values embodied by KADO : Modesty, Humility, Perseverance and Generosity.

We hope many of her students will join Ikebana Gallery Award!  

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Wednesday 19 August 2020

Ikebana Gallery Award 2020

We are very grateful to our wonderful judges who generously gave us their valuable input.Thank you Ms Lesley Kehoe (Lesley Kehoe Galleries),
Ms Susan Renouf (Former Adjunct Professor, Fashion & Textiles, RMIT University),
Dr Yoshiho Kobayashi (Associate Professor, Outemon University, 追手門学院大学准教授, President, International Society of Ikebana Studies),
Ms Hiroe Swen (Ceramic Artist, Former Lecturer, Australia National University),
Mr Ken Smith (Artist, Former Lecturer, Monash University),
Dr Osamu Inoue (Associate Professor, Kyoto University of Arts, 京都芸術大学准教授; Vice President, International Society of Ikebana Studies)

Their contribution made this international award, the world's first online Ikebana competition truly unique. It is so rare for Ikebana students to be assessed and to receive comments from art specialists like our judges. Please visit the “Judges” page for their profiles.

We are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2020 Ikebana Galley Gold Award are Kasia, Van K.G. and mBug. The Ikebana Gallery Silver Award 2018 goes to Shang-ying Liu, and the Ikebana Gallery Bronze Award goes to mBug (no.2). Those students will receive a certificate (digital file) from Ikebana Gallery.

Our judges were asked to choose three works out of the five finalists in the order of their preference and the results were as follows:

Ms Renouf: 1. Kasia, 2. mBug(no.5), 3.mBug(no.2)
Dr Kobayashi: 1.Van K.G. 2. mBug(no.5) 3. mBug (no.2)
Ms Swen: 1. mBug (no.5), 2. Shang-ying Liu, 3. mBug (no.2)
Mr Smith: 1. Shang-ying Liu, 2. Van K.G., 3. Kasia
Ms Kehoe: 1. Kasia, 2. Van K.G., 3. mBug (no.2)

We allocated 3 points to the first choice, 2 to the second and 1 to the third. The results were 7 points for Kasia, mBug (no.5) & Van K.G., 5 points for Shang-ying Liu, and 4 points for mBug (no.2).

Following are comments from our judges for each work.

Gold Award: Van Khanh Giang (Hanoi, Vietnam)

Ms Kehoe: Striking use of colour to contrast with the vessel, contemporary feel.
Mr Smith: This is another, but different, combination of highly contrasting elements: black and white, red and green, man-made and natural.

I am happy and thankful to the organizers for choosing my work for the final round of Ikebana Gallery Award 2020. I am a Vietnamese, and I am participating in Ikebana Club in Hanoi. I am thankful to my mentors – Mr. Mai Van Thai Thomas, Ms. Kawagoe Hana, Ms. Osima and Ms. Nguyễn Thanh Tú - for encouraging me with strong spirit and positive thoughts in every lesson, so that I could make this work. My free-style Ikebono was made with an emotion that “... a negative thought can be replace. Put a positive thought in its place” as a poets once said (Van Khanh Giang).

Gold Award: NGUYEN THI THANH HIEN (Vietnam) ↓
Ms Swen: A feeling of flow is expressed beautifully. 
Ms Renouf: Beautiful and evocative form.

I am so happy to be one of the winners of the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020. I am a student of Tokyo Sogetsu, under the online guidance of my dear teacher, Mrs. Ekaterina Sheahaus. She is the one who insprises me everyday with many effective ways from which I can never stop learning though we are far apart. And I was also a student of my dear offline teacher – Dr. Shoso Shimbo – who has plenty of creative ways to help his students get more confident and know how to improve themselves. I would like to say thanks you to my dear teachers for sharing with me their passion, inspiration and love for ikebana.
“A new journey from the end” is the message from my arrangement, and also is the story, the slogan of my art and craft manufacturer, Lua Decor. I used a big driftwood as the main material with the passion of awakening the life and the beauty of the wood that are no longer green. Nothing stops forever, new life will begin when we have enough love and aspiration.

(NGUYEN THI THANH HIEN,  Founder @ Lũa decor Art and Craft Manufacturer. )

Gold Award: Kasia Purton-Dmowski (London) 
Ms Kehoe: Innovative, bold move away from ’the vessel'
Ms Renouf: Delicate, and a great lightness of spirit.
Mr Smith: This is notable because of its use of a horizontal platform to enhance the implication of wind gently blowing through the dandelion forms.

I am most humble and delighted to have received such accolade and would like to thank you for posting and recognizing my work and to all the judges for their valuable time and expertise. To receive comments and appreciation from such a list of esteemed adjudicators it’s a huge honor indeed.

I am also thankful that my life path crossed with Ikebana art which opened my eyes to the beautiful nature world around. I am sure that all my Ikebana friends will agree that once you enter this art door you will never look at your surroundings and natural world with the same eyes again, every detail seems to have new meaning and the emotional connection it’s even more profound.

My story about the dandelion piece truly reflects this concept and ideology. The composition was inspired during COVID 19 lockdown while wondering around through the English fields surrounding my home and seeing the beautiful dandelions emerging through the grass. ThIs simple encounter was incredibly evocative with huge dose of melancholy, both reminding me of the happy childhood times when the little seed heads were just a magical joy plus striking the feeling of fragility and transient aspect of everything around and true connection to humanity itself, especially during the times that the world finds itself at the moment.

I am so thankful to my teachers, to my Sogetsu London branch for their friendly arms around me, to all the master teachers that I was privileged to see at work and to all my online ikebana community which brings me daily joy, amazement and inspiration. Your kind recognition of my work gave me new invigorating motivation and energy to look at the world even closer with sensitivity. Congratulations to everyone that took part, I am looking forward to be inspired by your posts every day.

Silver Award: Shang-ying Liu (Taiwan) ↓
Mr Smith: This arrangement is a dramatic and arresting combination of both colour (red and green) and form (geometric and organic).

Bronze Award: NGUYEN THI THANH HIEN (Vietnam) ↓

Ms Renouf: A striking use of the main element.

Congratulations to the winners. If you have not received your certificate, please send an email to Thank you.   

Thank you to all the Ikebana students who have shared their works on our blog Facebook page. Thank you also to our committee members. We are looking forward to receiving more images of your works for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021.  

Our next entry period is from 24 to 30 September 2020. It is the first entry period for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021

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Monday 10 August 2020

Welcome: Our New Committee Member!

We are pleased to welcome Eiko Sasajima (Japan) as our new committee member. Sasajima sensei is one of the most active ikebana masters in Japan. Her works have been featured in many magazines, newspapers, TV etc. She is well known for her innovative large flower installations and collaborative works with many artists. She runs several ikebana courses in Japan. We hope many of her students will join Ikebana Gallery Award!  

  • 草月流一級師範
  • Atelier J plus(アトリエジェイプラス)主宰
  • 花育講師 …各種団体様いけばな体験教室承ります
  • 1981年 草月流入門 三代家元 勅使河原宏氏、竹中麗湖氏に師事
  • 1992 - 1997年 草月ヤングチャレンジャーズ茨城会長
  • 1993 - 2001年 池袋東武百貨店、青山・草月会館SYC展出品
  • 1990年〜 水戸市芸術祭、茨城県芸術祭出品
  • 1996年〜 笹島英湖花教室開講
  • 2003年〜 日本橋高島屋草月流展出品
  • 2003年6月 水戸プラザホテルにて、薩摩琵琶奏者の友吉鶴心氏と花と音楽のコラボレーション共演
  • 2003年7月 ジャズミュージシャンの山崎比呂志氏と花と音楽のコラボレーション共演
  • 2006年9月 「花薬食同源」料理家・薬剤師とのコラボレーション
  • 2011年10月〜 ホテル テラス ザ ガーデン エントランスホール・ディスプレイ
  • 2012年1月 書家 川又南岳氏とコラボレーション
  • 2012年 クリスタルパレス 空間プロデュース・デモンストレーション
  • 2012年 三の丸ホテル ファサードディスプレイ
  • 2012年11月 「わくわくテレビ!NHKランド」お花のデモンストレーション
  • 2013年6月 新宿髙島屋 草月いけばな展「私の器、私の花―こころといけばなが出会うとき―」出品
  • 2013年7月 イベント企画主催 ソムリエ田崎真也との饗宴「炎の連さ」五感が与える美と感動
  • 2013年10月 神戸ビエンナーレ出品
  • 2013年12月 博多阪急 お花のデモンストレーション
  • 2014年6月 新宿髙島屋 草月いけばな展「みどりの瞬間(とき)-次世代へのメッセージ」出品
  • 2014年12月〜 「梅の花」全室の花装飾を手がける
  • 2015年1月 ヴァイオリニスト竜馬氏、ギタリストYUTA氏、映像の銀次氏、書道家沙恵、和太鼓のパフォーマンスとコラボ・生け花のデモンストレーションを企画出演
  • 2015年2月 日本橋タカシマヤ美術画廊 第16回 島田 恭子陶芸展 花装飾を手がける
  • 2015年4月 イベント企画主催 「生け花イリュージョン & 花Dinner」
  • 2015年7月 中目黒にて「和のおもてなし教室」開講
  • 2016年1月 タイにて「デモンストレーション & ワークショップ」開催
  • 2016年6月 新宿高島屋 草月展合作出品 大賞『生ける賞』受賞
  • 2016年9月〜 赤坂アーバンホテル・エントランスディスプレイ
  • 2016年11月 プラザホテル お花のデモンストレーション オペラ・オカリナとコラボ
  • 2017年1月 タイ・フラワーフェスティバルでデモンストレーション、生け花体験教室、ショー出演
  • 2017年3月 湯けむりの庄にて花と書のコラボ デモンストレーション
  • 2017年3月 プラザホテルにて「夢 つなぐプロジェクト」いけ花デモンストレーション
  • 2017年11月 茨城空港にてデモンストレーションと展示(国産花木イノベーション促進事業)
  • 2017年11月 セルリアンタワー東急ホテルにて「HAPPY TsuNaGu コレクション」生け花パフォーマンス
  • 2018年2月 赤坂草月会館プラザにて「Bamboo scape 展」出品
  • 2018年9月 テレビ東京「TVチャンピオン極~KIWAMI~」に審査員として出演
  • 2018年9月 東京ビッグサイトにて「いけばなパフォーマンス」
  • 2018年11月 華やぎプロジェクト「百人きもの」いけばなパフォーマンス
  • 2019年3月 北足立市場(株)第一花き主催講習会に講師として参加
  • 2019年3月 中目黒教室でニューヨーク・クリニーク副社長にいけばなプライベートレッスン
  • 2019年5月 ここちガーデンフェスタにて流木作家ニコラ氏と「お花のデモンストレーション」
  • 2019年6月 ライオンズクラブ例会にてデモンストレーションといけばな体験
  • 2019年8月〜 THE BLOSSOM 日比谷 ホテルエントランスディスプレイ担当制作
  • 2019年8月 代官山(蔦屋)T-SITE Tokyo Flower & Green にていけばなワークショップ
  • 2019年9月 皇族の方をお迎えする「おもてなしの花」を手がける
  • 2020年3月 横浜『ゆけむりの庄』にて🌸桜🌸をメインにいけばなデモンストレーション
  • 2020年6月 生販連携機会創出事業「いけばなチャレンジ」第一花きにて講師作品担当

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Friday 7 August 2020

Online Exhibition by Ken Smith (Our Judge)


Please see wonderful works by Ken Smith online. 
Ken has been a judge for Ikebana Gallery Award since 2012, when he was a senior lecturer at Art & Design Faculty,  Monash University.  

Because of the pandemic, his solo exhibition will be only online this time. However, this is a rare opportunity for many people to see his work from home! Now you understand why he loves ikebana.    

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Wednesday 22 July 2020

Finalists for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020

The Ikebana Gallery Award Committee is pleased to announce that the following 5 works have been selected as finalists in the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020. 

Congratulations to the students whose works have been selected! 

The finalists' works have been sent to our expert judgesThe winner will be announced within a few weeks. To receive update notices, become a follower or follow us by Email (see right) or simply like the Ikebana Gallery Facebook page.

We are very fortunate to receive great support and advice in our selection process from Associate Professor Osamu Inoue, Kyoto University of Arts. 
Dr Inoue is a prominent Ikebana artist and researcher, and vice president of International Society of Ikebana Studies (ISIS). Dr Inoue's recent publications includes "Thought of Ikebana" (「花道の思想」思文閣出版  ) . Dr Inoue noted that the finalists this year have achieved a higher standard than usual.  

Ikebana Gallery Award - For All Ikebana Students around the World

1.  Kasia (UK) ↑ 

2. mBug (Vietnam) ↑ 

3. Van K.G. (Vietnam) ↑ 

4. Shang-ying Liu (Taiwan) ↑ 

5. mBug (Vietnam) ↑ 

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Tuesday 21 July 2020

Ikebana Gallery People's Choice Award 2020

Thank you very much for voting for the Ikebana Gallery People's Choice Award 2020. Our post announcing the semi-finalists was viewed over 3 thousands people around the world. We are pleased to be able to provide such a rare opportunity for Ikebana students to show their works to so many people, to be liked and to receive warm comments.     

We are grateful for all of those who supported Ikebana Gallery Award, the first international Ikebana competition for all Ikebana students by liking its Facebook page. We are particularly thankful to those who respected the spirit of the People’s Choice Award and voted according to our instruction.    

We are pleased to announce that the winner is Lam Tan in Hong Kong. Congratulations. Her work received the largest number of LIKEs by 20 July 2020 in our Facebook page. She will receive our certificate shortly. 

The five finalists will be selected by our expert judges and the winner of the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020 will be announced shortly. Please keep following our Facebook page.  

Ikebana Galley Award - Supporting all ikebana students around the world

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Saturday 11 July 2020

Ikebana Beyond Aesthetics

If you would like to know more about Ikebana and its its history, philosophy and socio-cultural backgrounds, this page may be useful. Ikebana beyond Aesthetics    

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Saturday 4 July 2020

Semi Finalists for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020

The Ikebana Gallery Award Committee is pleased to announce that the following 29 works have been selected as semi-finalists. Five finalists will be selected shortly from these semi-finalists and will be sent to our special judges

Please tell us your favourite works on our Facebook page.
Please LIKE at least 3 (3 or more) works among the 29 works in the album by 20 July 2020. The most popular work will receive the People's Choice Award 2020. 

Please share the whole album and encourage your friends to vote. But please don't share individual works and encourage people to like them. We hope that students with less Facebook friends will not be at too much of a disadvantage. Let's enjoy a fair game. Have fun. Thank you. 

Congratulations to the students whose works have been selected for the semi-final. 

If you have not sent us your details and a list of materials for your work (check our Award page), please contact us soon, If we don't hear from you, your work may not be considered for selection for the finalists.  

If you are selected but you are not eligible for this award (e.g. if you are a qualified teacher), please let us know soon.

Thank you all the Ikebana students who contributed this year. We hope to receive more of your works toward the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021.


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