Sagagoryu Ikebana

The Daikakuji temple in Kyoto is considered to be the origin of ikebana: In honor of the imperial Saga residence, this form of ikebana is called Sagagoryu. Here was established a center of ikebana, which since then has more than 140 branches both in Japan and abroad.

The Sagagoryu school of ikebana dates back to the early Heian period. While the Emperor Saga (A.D. 786-842) was going for a boat ride on the Lake Osawa, he saw a lovely chrysanthemum on a small island and picked it. Back to his residence, he put it in a vase and arranged it after the three elements: the Sky, the Earth and Man. Then he said: "The one who loves flowers, you should take him as an example." That was the beginning of the Sagagoryu school of ikebana.

There are two kinds of ikebana in today's school of Sagagoryu: Denshoka, the traditional school, and Shinshoka, the modern school, which is more adapted to the tastes of today. The different sub-styles offer a wide range of tastes, going from the classics to the present and reaching till the future of flower arrangement.

Even today, the Sagagoryu school still has its headquarters on the site of the imperial palace, built back in 814. Later, it was changed into an imperial residence and in 876 finally converted to today's Daikakuji temple in Kyoto.


Single exhibition (s) | Group exhibition (G)


  • Heisei-Tenno Akihito with Empress Michiko, visit to Germany with flower offering ceremony (s) - Berlin, Humboldt University


  • Permanent exhibition of ikebana at the Mori Ogai memorial place of the Humboldt University (G) - Berlin


  • Maximillian-Halle (G) - Berlin


  • Schiffbauergasse (G) - Potsdam


  • Gutshaus Steglitz (G) - Berlin


  • Asia Pacific Weeks and "Japanese Year in Europe" (s) - Berlin


  • Art House Tacheles (s) - Berlin


  • Art House Tacheles (s) - Berlin
  • Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum - library of the Humboldt University (G) & performance - Berlin


  • Berlin Art Bureau, Gallery North (G) - Berlin
  • HUF Model House (s) - Königs-Wusterhausen, Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Museum of Arts in Magdeburg (s) - Magdeburg
  • Hotel Intercontinental (G) - Berlin
  • HUF Model House (s) - Berlin


  • Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum - library of the Humboldt-University (G) & performance - Berlin


  • Hotel Berlin (s) & performance - Berlin


  • Berlin Seeresidenz (s) & performance


  • Berlin Karree (s) & performance, Berlin
  • Mori Ogai memorial place of the Humboldt University (s) - Berlin
  • Hotel Intercontinental (G) - seminar & performance - Berlin


  • KDD branch in the Europa-Center (G) - Berlin


  • Mori Ogai memorial place of the Humboldt University (s) - Berlin
  • Museum of Ethnology (s) & performance - Hamburg
  • UTSUROI - Permanence and Change, performance at the ARTE TV channel - broadcast in German and French
  • Performance & seminar at the castle Residenz Nr. 1 - Wustrow
  • State and City Library (s) & performance - Potsdam


  • 2000th anniversary of Bonn, Bonn-Japan-Festival (s) & performance - Bonn
  • Hotel Schweizerhof (s): seminar & performance - Berlin
  • TV SFB - performance for a TV channel


  • Hotel Kempinsky (s), seminar & performance - West Berlin
  • Reinickendorfer Volkshochschule (G) - West Berlin


  • Reinickendorfer Volkshochschule (G) - West Berlin


  • Reinickendorfer Volkshochschule (G) - West Berlin
  • KPM - Royal Porcelain Factory (s) & performance - West Berlin