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Kasumi Teshigahara, the daughter of and successor to Sofu, started her career
as an ikebana artist after World War II. Her elegant, feminine, yet dynamic
works charmed many overseas enthusiasts of ikebana.
Hiroshi Teshigahara, son of Sofu Teshigahara, began his career as a film director
in 1953 and established his own film company in 1964. One of his films, Suna-no-Omna
(Woman in the Dunes) won Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
He assumed the post of third generation headmaster of the Sogetsu School in
1980. In 1989, his film Rikyu an orginal piece about the tea ceremony
master, Rikyu, won the Best Artistic Contribution Award at the Montreal
World Film Festival. Hiroshi Teshigahara created ikebana, films, Bizen pottery,
and stage design with a true avant-garde sensibility. His keen sensitivity and
outstanding ability have found expression in a very contemporary use of space.
Akane Teshigahara first learned of the spirit and techniques
of the Sogetsu School from her aunt, Kasumi Teshigahara. Akane is the fourth
generation headmaster of the Sogetsu School. She succeeded her father, Hiroshi
Teshigahara, on May 14, 2001. Under her directorship the goal of the Sogetsu
School remains dedicated to fostering the creative spirit of ikebana in all
Most recently Akane produced "Sogetsu Flower Avenue"
on Omotesando, one of Tokyo's busiest streets. Akane wanted Young Sogetsu
Leaders to have the freedom to create freely on a large scale and she wanted
people who were not usually part of the ikebana world to experience Sogetsu
as part of their daily lives.
She has founded "Akane Junior Class" so that childhood
sensitivity to both the internal and external world can be used and developed
through creating ikebana.
Akane is very active in space design. There she can create a
new world; her own world, but one that is intensely present in reality and
reacts to everything around it. She says that the same containers and flower
materials change with time and space, light, and other circumstances around
them. They represent a personal vision yet they are present now and here.
She is committed to finding her own originality, her own 'flowers' and placing
them in the world.
Sofu Teshigahara established the Sogetsu School in 1927. Believing
that ikebana should be both enjoyable and creative, Sofu developed
a school of ikebana that was deeply rooted in Japanese tradition
yet embraced the evolving requirements of the modern age. The changes
of Japanese lifestyles and release of the Japanese traditional mentality
after World War II made the novel and original Sogetsu ikebana available
to everyone. In this way Sofu spread the art of Sogetsu ikebana
throughout the world, as well as staging exhibitions of his own
ikebana-based sculptures. The very close relationships Sofu had
with many Western artists helped make the term ikebana known to
many people throughout the world.