Sofu Teshigahara

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Sofu Teshigahara

Birth
Death 5 Sep 1979 (aged 78)
Burial Minato-ku, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Memorial ID 6135114 · View Source
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Specialist and developer of the art of flower arrangement. He was the founder of the Sogestsu School of Ikebana flower arranging. Born in Tokyo, he first learned flower-arranging from his father who had studied many styles of the different schools. In 1926, at the age of 25, he started the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, believing that Ikebana is not merely decorating with flowers, it is an art, and that the great difference between the Sogetsu School and Ikebana lies in the belief that once all the rules are learned and the techniques mastered, there is an unbounded field for freer personal expression using varied materials, not just flowers. Base on that, in 1930 he held his first solo exhibition in 1930 at the Josui Kaikan in Tokyo working with scrap metal, a new medium. In 1949 the first major post-war Sogetsu exhibition was held at the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Ginza of Tokyo and proved to be revolutionary. Between 1950 and 1970, he held various exhibitions and demonstrations across Europe and the United States. The French government awarded him the Order of Arts and Letters in 1960, and the Legion of Honor in 1961; and Japan bestowed the Minister of Education Awards for Art in 1962. He never deviated from the basic principles which distinguish ikebana from other forms of floral art: to grasp and express the feeling of the material, to express the third dimension and asymmetrical balance. These were foremost in his teaching that the principles never change, but rather that the form is always changing. His further belief was that Ikebana should be considered art, not merely decoration and that it is for the entire world, not just Japan alone. In addition to ikebana, he continued to create various sculptures, drawings and works of calligraphy until his death.

Bio by: Fred Beisser


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  • Originally Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
  • Added: 28 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6135114
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sofu Teshigahara (17 Dec 1900–5 Sep 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6135114, citing Aoyama Cemetery, Minato-ku, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan ; Maintained by Find A Grave .