Unshin Ohara (1861-1916), the founder of the Ohara School of Ikebana, was born in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. Ohara explored the fields and mountains and tried to develop a style of ikebana that expressed the beauty of natural scenery. He also searched for ways to arrange the brightly colorful Western flowers that had just begun to be imported into Japan. The result of his efforts was Moribana, the first brilliant step in modern ikebana.
In the 21st century, the Ohara School looks forward to prospering further under the leadership of the young Fifth Headmaster Hiroki Ohara. In 2011, he created the new style Hana-kanade, which expresses the beauty of flower stems crossing while moving inwardly.
With main offices located in Osaka and Tokyo, the Ohara School is proud to have over one million students throughout the world.
Funded in part by the generosity of the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), City of Los Angeles.