Recommended Books

The books listed below have been recommended by members of this organization. As we are open to anyone who is interested in learning about ikebana, there is no preference given to any school of ikebana. Workshops give us exposure to the many schools of ikebana. As such, we are eclectic in the way we approach this art as depicted by the selection of books. We believe that while the principles and philosophies are the same, the implementation is the difference.


“The Art of Arranging Flowers”, A Complete Guide to Japanese Ikebana, by Shozo Sato, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York, New York

“Coloured Pictures of Representative Flower Arrangements by Sofu”, Sofu Teshigahara, originator of Sogetsu School, Ryufusha Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

“Creative Japanese Flower Arrangement” by Norman Sparnon, Shufunotomo Co.,Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

“The Easy Magic of Japanese Flower Arrangement” by Lee Early Quinn, Charles E. Tuttle Company, Inc., of Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo, Japan

“Everyone’s Flower Arrangement” by Houn Ohara, Ryufusha Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

“Flower Arrangement: The Ikebana Way” by Minobu Ohi, Senei Ikenobo, Houn Ohara and Sofu Teshigahara, edited by Dr. William C. Steere, President, New York Botanical Garden, Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

“Fun with Flowers”, Japanese Flower Arrangement Made Easy by Martha & Marvin Neese, John Weatherhill, Inc., of New York & Tokyo

“The History of Ikebana” by Kudo Masanobu, Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Publishers, Tokyo, Japan

“Ikebana A New Illustrated Guide to Mastery” by Wafu Teshigahara, Kodansha International, Tokyo & New York

“Ikebana A Practical & Philosophical Guide to Japanese Flower Arrangement” by Stella Coe, edited by Mary L. Stewart, Gallery Books

“Ikebana The Art of Arranging Flowers” by Shozo Sato, Tuttle Publishing

“Ikebana”, The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging by Elizabeth Palmer, Chartwell Books, Inc., Publishers, designed and produced by Quintet Publishing Limited, London

“Ikebana – Asian Arts and Crafts for Creative Kids” by Shozo Sato, Tuttle Publishing

“Imaginative Ikebana” by Meikof Kasuya, Japan Publications, Inc., Publishers

“Japanese Flower Arrangement Classical and Modern” by Norman J. Sparnon, Charles E. Tuttle Company of Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo, Japan

“Japanese Flower Arrangement for Beginners” by Nina Clark Powell, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York

“Japanese Ikebana for Every Season” by Rie Imai and Yuji Ueno, Tuttle Publishing

“Keiko’s Ikebana”, A Contemporary Approach to the Traditional Japanese Art of Flower Arranging by Keiko Kubo, Tuttle Publishing

“The Masters’ Book of Ikebana” Background & Principles of Japanese Flower Arrangement with lessons by Japan’s three leading masters & a treasury of over 400 photographs; background essay by Donald Richie and foreword by Haru Reischauer; Bijutsu Shuppan-sha; Publishers, Tokyo, Japan

“The Poetry of Leaves”, Creative Ideas for Japanese Flower Arrangement by Norman Sparnon, John Weatherhill, Inc., of New York & Tokyo

“Rikka The Soul of Japanese Flower Arrangement” by Fujiwara Yuchiku, translated from the Japanese by Norman Sparnon, Shufunotomo Co., Ltd, Publishers, Tokyo, Japan

“Space and Color in Japanese Flower Arrangement” by Kasumi Teshigawara, Kodansha International Ltd., Publishers, Tokyo, Japan