Koryu School

Koryu School

Koryu School was founded by Isshiken-Imai-Sofu in the mid 18th century.  It preserved the tradition of Seiko classical style.

Since Koryu originated from the Tea Ceremony, simplicity is the keynote of this school,

The flowers and branches are arranged on the principles of three  important lines for classical arrangement:  Heaven, Man and Earth.  The length of each is important.  There are 5 styles and fixed rules for arranging  the materials, but the main point is to bring out the characteristic beauty of each branch and flower, and great effort is made to concentrate beauty at the base of the arrangement.  The whole effect must be made to appear as if growing from one stalk.

Other styles developed are Moribana (low dish arrangement) and Nageire (vase style).

Nanette Kwok demonstrating a Koryu arrangement in a vase.

Having understood the basic principles, Freestyle Ikebana can then be arranged, and often the arranger’s  personality will show in the choice of container, material and construction.

Ikebana is a delightful art form which leads to Friendship through flowers.

Obituary for Nanette Kwok (16.03.34 – 17.09.2013)

It was with much sadness that Ikebana members joined Nanette’s family and friends on 23rd September 2013 to celebrate her life and bid our farewells following her death after a severe stroke.

Nanette was a most enthusiastic member of our Wellington I.I. Chapter and has been involved with learning and exhibiting the Ikenobo School of Ikebana for over 45 years in Wellington, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.  Nanette was always energetic with big dreams and tireless work for our Chapter both as a member and most especially during the 8 years she was President.  She worked closely with the Japanese Embassy and other Japanese organisations and this work was recognised by the Japanese Government when she was awarded ‘The Emperor’s Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays’ in 2010.

Nanette’s interest in and commitment to her husband, Frank’s Chinese heritage was another of Nanette’s passions and among Wellington’s Chinese community she was known as ‘more Chinese than the Chinese.’  This recognition and appreciation of culture and history was also one of Nanette’s legacies to our Chapter as she ensured that we have a fully documented written and pictorial record of our activities.  Nanette’s family were always supportive of her involvement with Ikebana and Frank spent many hours as her computer scribe on behalf of Ikebana.  They had a wonderful gift for hospitality so that we experienced ‘Friendship Through Flowers’ at its best.   We were glad that we were able to thank Nanette before she died for the wonderful work she did for our Chapter.