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Ikebana International Chrysanthemum Show 2023

Celebrating the Chrysanthemum Festival (Kiku Matsuri)

Photo: Jonathan Ley

Ikebana International (Portland Chapter #47) celebrates the chrysanthemum in this special, two-day only exhibition. Ikebana International first celebrated Kiku Matsuri, the Chrysanthemum festival, at Portland Japanese Garden in 1983. On September 9 and 10, local Ikebana artists from various schools, or styles, will create arrangements featuring chrysanthemums, known as kiku in Japanese.

Kiku Matsuri, or Choyo no Sekku, observed in Japan on September 9, is the final of the five seasonal Go-Sekku festivals in Japan’s traditional lunar calendar. Chrysanthemums symbolize longevity, dignity, and nobility. A 16-petaled chrysanthemum even appears on the imperial family crest. The flower has been cultivated in Japan since it was first introduced in China in the 8th century.

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, has been translated as “living flowers” or “giving life to flowers,” and is unique from other approaches to flower arrangement. In ikebana, asymmetry and the use of empty space are essential features of the overall composition. A sense of harmony among the materials, the container, and the setting is also crucial.

Welcome arrangement at 2022 show by Saga Goryu North American Chapter

About Ikebana International

Ikebana International is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of ikebana. Ikebana International does not teach any single type of ikebana. Rather, it is an interest group made up of people of many nationalities who enjoy ikebana and other arts of Japan.

Participating Schools (alphabetical order; subject to change):

  • Ichiyo (一葉式)
  • Ikenobo (池坊)
  • Ohara (小原流)
  • Saga Goryu (嵯峨御流)
  • Sogetsu (草月)



The Pavilion Gallery is used for exhibitions and special events. Architectural features include shoji (translucent paper panels) and verandas that connote the integration of house and garden. The overlook offers a spectacular view of Mt. Hood to the east.