Ikebana International (I.I.)

Ikebana International was founded in Tokyo in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen as a worldwide organization dedicated to the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship through ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, and other related arts of Japan.
Ikebana International is administered by volunteers of many different nationalities and ikebana schools.
In 1969, Ikebana International was granted the status of Shadan Hojin, a title given to cultural, nonprofit organizations in Japan. The organization’s aim is to spread goodwill and understanding throughout the world with Friendship Through Flowers Over the years Ikebana International has grown to more than 160chapters in more than 50 countries and has around 7.500members worldwide.

Tokyo Founding Chapter (TFC)

Tokyo Founding Chapter has over 700 members including wives of Ambassadors to Japan and honorary members.

Monthly Meetings

Members meet every month, from September through June.Programs include ikebana demonstrations by accomplished masters from a variety of ikebana schools, other presentations of Japanese culture, a day tour plus the following events.

Ikebana International Fair

Dozens of members work together every year for this special end-year fundraising event.The fair features ikebana exhibitions by headmasters, booths for shopping sponsored by embassies from all over the world, special entertainment, raffles, and much more.

Ikebana Exhibition by Members

Exhibition brings together flower masters of many different schools, their teachers and students into harmonious relationships.

Gala June Luncheon

The highlight event of the year is an ikebana demonstration and luncheon at a top class hotel.











By Junko Katano
Ikebana International Tokyo Founding Chapter President 2019-2020

It is a great honor for me to accept the presidency of Ikebana International Tokyo Founding Chapter for 2019-2020. I understand the huge responsibilities, with much the same feeling as when I was elected International president of Ikebana International for 2015-2017. In 2017 and 2018, I worked as the coordinator of the Ikebana International Fairs with chairpersons, Mme. Rahel Sleeuwagen, wife of the Belgian ambassador and Mme. Matelda Starace, wife of the Italian ambassador. Both fairs were a great success and this year, Mme. Ioanna Giannakarou, wife of the Greek ambassador, will be the fair chairperson. As you know, Greece is where the Olympic Games originated – and in 2020, we will have the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Given this connection, I hope we will have a lot of opportunities to introduce ikebana on many occasions. I plan to make the monthly programs and venues even more charming to increase our membership, not only Japanese but also international members. I want to make them feel privileged to be members of our organization. I am confident that with our new Board members working as a team we can achieve this purpose. So please looking forward to the programs in 2019 and 2020 and I wish that you will attend the meetings, enjoy ikebana and share in friendship through flowers.



いけばなインターナショナル東京支部 2019-2020 支部長片野順子


Members receive three issues of the Ikebana International Magazine per year.
Sakura News and Chapter Activities Newsletter inform members of Chapter, headquarters and regional ikebana activities.