Official Website for Kado Sensho Ikenobo United States Chapter
Chapter President and Kado Sensho Ikenobo Sensei Margy Metzler received her training from Master Sensei and Japanese National living Treasure Keiko Robbins while living in Okinawa, Japan. Margy studied for many years to receive her Sensei certificates. She is a Level One and the highest ranked Ikebana International teacher in North and Central America. Margy has been a teaching Sensei for over ten years. Both in Japan and the USA. Margy brings an art and design background to her Ikebana as well as the philosophy of the Urasenke Chado tradition of the Tea Ceremony.
Chapter Vice President Elizabeth Biddle starter her training while living in Okinawa Japan under Sensei Keiko Robbins.
Freestyle used in an Ikebana International Exhibition
History of Kado Sensho Ikenobo
Kado Sensho Ikenobo was opened in mid 1900’s. The first Head Master was Yumichi Moroizumi (born in Meiji 13 period (1880) died in the Showa 25 period (1950). He had studied for many years the designs of Sensho Ikenobo who had developed the Shofutai design which is used in our school. Iemoto Moroizumi also combined the Senchado (another name for tea ceremony) and Ogasawara-ryu (a traditional system of martial arts and etiquette) to the designs of our school.
In our school we use Kado instead of Ikebana because it refers not only to the beauty of the flowers but also requires manners, techniques, mental and physical training. It is considered to be one of the ”ways” ofJapanese beliefs. The designs of Kado are therefore referred to as “Ikebana flower arranging” and specialists of the ways of the Kado are called
“Kadoka” meaning flower masters. Kado Sensho Ikenobo prides itself on creativity and using only plant material in the designs. We are one with nature!
The elements required in the shofutai design are the following: Use of in season material, all material is in a straight line front to back and the angles, degrees and movement start at a fist width above the Kenzan.
Lessons are offered via zoom or in-person
Payment can be made via Venmo ,Credit Card or PayPal
Certificates are offered for Beginner through Teacher level
Fees are charged for each level