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The Ichiyo School was founded in 1937 by sister and brother, Ichiyo and Meikof Kasuya.  Akihiro Kasuya was born the third son of the second Headmaster, Meikof, in Tokyo in 1947.  He became the third Headmaster in 1983 and quickly established himself as one of the favorites among the upcoming Iemoto generation because of his creative style. He maintained the position of Headmaster until he passed away in January, 2019.  On January 20, 2019, his second son, Naohiro Kasuya, was installed as the fourth Headmaster and has established himself as an artistic flower master who is in great demand for demonstrations and workshops both in Japan and abroad. In addition to his teaching schedule he enjoys displaying his creative works at solo exhibitions in grand homes and buildings of the past and offers artistic support for movies and TV programs.  He is also passionately involved in collaborative works with artists of different fields.  

Ichiyo instruction is taught through progressive and systematically organized textbooks developed by Meikof Kasuya and further expanded by Akihiro Kasuya and Naohiro Kasuya.  Beginning with a thorough study of basic essential forms, students are gradually encouraged to express imagination and feeling through personal interaction with the materials. Students can soon understand the philosophy of the school that flower arranging is most truly fulfilling when it is a reflection of one’s self.

If you want to learn more about some of the Ichiyo design styles, try any of these videos prepared by Ichiyo Master and San Diego Ikebana chapter member Deborah Warriner

If you wish to submit a picture of an arrangement for this page, please send your arrangement photo with details as to the style of the design, materials used, your Ichiyo rank and I.I. chapter affiliation to

This arrangement, “Circles of Life”, was created by Ichiyo Sensei of the Milwaukee Chapter, Cindy Hum, for display at the “Bloomin’ Holidays” exhibition, November 2021, at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, Wisconsin. Her arrangement used a round tall clear glass container both to hold the floral material at the top and the round green stalks forming a circle in place.

Jeanne Houlton, Ichiyo Master, St. Petersburg chapter, created this design. The Ichiyo School is known for its arrangements that balance,  lift and float and this is one example. The flower is an obake anthurium from Hilo, Hawaii paired with a monstera leaf.

Ichiyo student, Shirley Bludau, Houston Chapter, created this playful arrangement with washi paper fans. The upward fluttering movement of the colorful fans creates energy and a whimsical feeling. At the same time, baby’s breath harmonizes with the lightheartedness of the arrangement.

The Tokonoma is an ancient architectural design for a space along a wall in a castle or large space. It was raised a few inches off the floor to display flower arrangements, paintings on scrolls, incense burners and other similar items. Today, nearly every Japanese home has a small tokonoma or alcove to display art.  Iemoto Akihiro designed the hana tsuitate (translated as flower screen) to replicate the tokonomo. This is a diagonal compound arrangement using xanadu leaves and hydrangea in a cloud basket, with xanadu and lilles in rocks, representing earth.  The hana tsuitate is used as a frame for the design. Thanks to Marilyn Hoskins, Omaha Chapter, for this lovely design.

Another Ichiyo sensei from the Atlanta chapter, Pragati Chaudhry, created this arrangement in a glass container.


Atlanta Chapter member and Ichiyo Master, Iwalani Barbazon’s unique bamboo container and beautiful spring flowers kept calling her to do an arrangement. The cascading spirea and the bright red azalea blossoms told her they would look best in a hanging form.

In ikebana, plant material is usually used in its natural form, that is plant material is used in the way it grows in nature. However when material is reshaped by a persons’ hands, it is said to be in an unnatural form. Weaving plant material for use in Ichiyo arrangements is an unnatural form. It gives a three-dimensional effect in which the lines of plants overlap with each other.  Associate Master Myrtle Halsall from the Jamaica Branch shares her interpretation of  weaving using pandanus with  orchids in a u-shaped container.

Seeing the triangle, enjoying the beautifulanthurium, kangroo paw, grass and blooming climbing hydrangea branch allowing the gentle breeze to filter through.

Design created by Shirley Winkler, Executive Master, Pittsburgh Chapter