Banmi Shofu Ryu of Ikebana 

Conforming with Tradition,
Flowing into Now

Through flowers, I am one with the founding Samurai.  He was rough &aggressive, yet tender & delicate with his Kado .  Like it or not, legacy evolves.

Hashibana Uate, an Emerging Banmi Shofu  design but Steeped in 6th Century Kaden 

Container:  Z-Gallery Uate sitting on vintage Japanese Golden Brocade


Black, Orange & White Football Chrysanthemums, Long Needled Pine, & Waialua Driftwood


Origins of Banmi Shofu Ryu

        Banmi Shofu Ryu originated from Shofu Ryu, which, like all other Ikebana schools had roots from the first school of Ikebana – Ikenobo.  Shofu Ryu, the parent school of Banmi Shofu Ryu appealed to the European taste because of its clever adaptation of traditional Kado principles to new (sic) Western conditions.  Its name translates to pine or living breeze, and Shofu creations express a spirit of naturalness, as effortless as the wind on the pines on a summer day; they show both fluidity of line and fidelity to the way plants grow in nature – quite contrary to what images come to mind when one considers that the founder of Shofu Ryu was a true, practicing samurai, (Oshikawa, 1939)


In evolving Shofu tradition into Banmi Shofu, Iemoto Bessie Banmi Fooks (1996) stated:  "I used natural materials in simple lines provoking movement and symbols that in turn achieved serenity and tranquility;  I could view the designs from any angle.  They were simply the end product of a process that connected me spiritually with plant and driftwood materials.  This has been my experience that began in Japan years ago.  I continued to learn from Bansui Ota sensei, and transplanted what I absorebed in Japan to Hawaii, and to the many places in the world where I traveled and connected with friends who love flowers."  


Hallmark Banmi Shofu multiple moribana design by Bessie Banmi Fooks, using heirloom driftwood from Waialua, HI and the Philippines.

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