Invited Talk

"Ikebana – Toward the Olympic Year 2020 and Beyond"

When we talk about the future of Ikebana, the first thing we envision is what Japanese culture can do to make people around the world happy. The Japanese think that man should not stand against nature, instead perceive humans to be part of nature. The Japanese view of nature and their respect for it are foundations of the nation’s culture, and this is the message that should be conveyed to the world.

Ryuho Sasaoka

Head of Kado (Ikebana) “Mishoryu-Sasaoka” School. Visiting Professor at Kyoto Notre Dame University. Taisho University Visiting Professor. Member of the Kyoto City Board of Education. Born 1974 in Kyoto. Graduated from the Faculty of Engineering of Kyoto University in 1997. In 1999, he received his Master’s degree in Engineering from Kyoto University’s School of Architecture.

From age three, Ryuho Sasaoka received ikebana instruction from his grandfather Kunpo Sasaoka, succeeding him to become the third head of the school in 2011. Working with Kabuki actor Fukusuke Nakamura, he invented a new style of demonstration called Ikebana Live Performance to develop the expressive potential of Ikebana in theater, even while he remains conscious of his roots in tradition. He was responsible for the flower arrangements at the venue of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in 2016. He has most recently authored the book, “Ikebana,” published by Shincho Shinsho.

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