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The origin of the school
Introduction Kadou-Enshu, called

"Kirei Sabi" in Japanese

"The Artistic Zen"

Lord Kobori Enshu

Lord of Kobori Enshu, founder of the KadouEnshiu school of flower arrangement, first became a master of the tea cult as a disciple of "Furuta - Oribe - Masashige".

He was assigned to the Edo Castle to serve as tutor to"Iemitsu" the third in the line of Tokugawa Shoguns.
ln addition to the tea cult, the Lord of Enshu was well-versed in the arts of
composing "Waka" poetry and of calligraphy. He gained further fame for his achievements as chief administrator of construction of the Shogunate's goverment.The artistic concepts of the Lord of Ensiu were also expressed in the art of flower arrangement resulting in the establishment of the Kado-Enshu.

The Enshu's style of flower arranging became extremely popular not only among the nobles and members of the Samurai class but also among the masses.
This situation was well depicted in Ukiyoe color prints, an art which was at its height at about the same period describing the beautiful lines and elegance of this style of flower arranging, during the "Bunka - Bunsei -Period"of EdoPeriod,(1804-1829) the Enshu style of flower arranging spread widely throughout the country.


People crazy about The enshu ikebana in the Edo period. In ukiyoe, you can see that fenomina

"Ichiju-Ashida" , the nowaday's head master, preached that "it is most important to fix the style and then arrange the flowers " He meant that arrangements which did not have a natural look could be made into a good arrangement by proper resourcefulness.
There are many ways of training of bending branches intheKadouEnshu, cuts are made along the branch, into which wedges are inserted to form the desired shape. This is one of the chief characteristics of the Enshu Shoka.
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