“Various Colors” 2017 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibition

Sep 21, 2017“Various Colors” 2017 Ikenobo Autumn Tanabata Exhibition

No matter flowers or human, the characteristics are different in all kinds of colors.
Even if using the same materials, the arrangements we create will not be the same.
And this is ikebana.
Flowers and human are with various beautiful colors.
We face the flowers and maximize the variety.
We are inviting you to enjoy the various colors in our Autumn Tanabata Exhibition.




✿Nov. 8 (Wed) – 13 (Mon) at Takashimaya Department Store in Kyoto
Open from 10:00 to 20:00 (Exhibits close at 18:00 on Nov. 9, 11 and 13.)

【Takashimaya Department Store HP】


✿Nov. 10 (Fri) – Nov. 13 (Mon) at Ikenobo Headquarters Building in Kyoto
Open from 9:00 to 17:00

【Ikenobo Headquarters Building Location】


※Tickets can be purchased at the door 900 yen.
(Admission free for high school students or younger and visitors wearing Japanese kimono)

SPECIAL FEATURE at Takashimaya Department Store Venue


●Grand arrangements of Sen’ei Ikenobo, the forty-fifth generation Headmaster and Senko Ikenobo, Headmaster Designate


Please do not miss the grand arrangements showing the changing of seasons in the special corner for Headmaster and Headmaster Designate.

  • The arrangement of Headmaster in Autumn Tanabata Exhibition 2016

●The Special display for 555 years of Ikenobo history —- The Grand Suna-no-mono of Maeda Castle


The 7.2m wide grand Suna-no-mono in the movie “Flower and Sword” will be reappeared in the Exhibition.

  • One scene in the movie "Flower and Sword"

●Special corner for Free-style


Various Free-style arrangements using different containers, materials and colors show the different characteristics of each creators. Please enjoy the arrangements with different subjects.

●Special corner for arrangements of Senjo Shoka


“Soka Hyakki” is an important book to know the style of Senjo Shoka. Please enjoy the shoka arrangements origin from this book with explanation captions.

  • Picture No.22 from "Soka Hyakki"

SPECIAL FEATURE at Ikenobo Headquarters Building Venue


●The display of the completion arrangement (10th and 11th Nov.)


178 Ikenobo members from Japan and the world will participate in the highest level competition of Ikenobo ikebana. All the arrangements will be displayed after the judgment with brief mentions from Professors of Ikenobo Central Training Institute.

●Display of the grand arrangement for celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ikenobo Youth Association


The members of Ikenobo Youth Association will work together to create a grand arrangement by the theme “Departure.” Visitors can view the process of creating the arrangement from 13:00 to 18:00 on 10th November.


Location: The space in front of the gate of Rokkakudo Temple


Display period: 11th to 13th Nov.

  • The arrangement of previous Exhibition

●Special display of the documents about Rokkakudo Temple and Ikenobo in 1868


Next year will be the 150th year after the restoration of Imperial power in 1868. The Ikebana Historical Museum at Ikenobo Headquarters will display the related materials of Rokkakudo Temple and Ikenobo. Also, there will be the guidance of the Museum every day during the Exhibition period (the guidance will be in Japanese).

  • The picture of shoka in 1868

●Hana no Koshien (Live Ikebana Competition for High School Students)


Students from 14 high schools throughout Japan who have won local preliminary competitions will compete in the final in Kyoto. Each school team consists of 3 students. The audience will also be to vote for the winner.


Venue: Hall on the 2nd Floor, Ikenobo Headquarters


Date and Time: 12th Nov. (Sun.)

1st part: 9:15 – 11:45
2nd part: 12:45 – 15:30


※An admission ticket for the exhibition is required for viewing this competition.

≪What is KYUTANABATA-E (旧七夕会)≫


Since the Heian Period (8th century), flower arranging has been one of the events of the Tanabata or Star Festival celebration, held annually on the seventh night of the seventh lunar month. In the early Edo period (17th century) Headmaster Senko Ikenobo II was often invited to the rikka gatherings held by Emperor Gomizuno-o at the Imperial Court. Subsequently, special permission was granted to Ikenobo by the Emperor to hold the Tanabata Rikka-kai (Tanabata Rikka Gathering) and the event became one of the well-known annual events in Kyoto. Due to the abolition of Gosekku (five seasonal festivals on the lunar calendar) in the Meiji Period, the Tanabata Rikka Gathering was renamed as Kyutanabata-e (meaning “ancient Tanabata-e”). Since then the event has been held continuously although there have been changes in the exhibition period.