Ikebana International 147 Tacoma Olympia


   We are one of over 150 chapters of Ikebana International (II).  With headquarters in Tokyo, II has been in existence since the mid-fifties.   Chapters are located in 60 countries world-wide with well over 8,000 members. 

   Our objective is to promote mutual understanding and friendship between countries through the art of Japanese flower arrangement (ikebana) and the study of related cultural arts.  “Friendship through flowers” is our motto.

We meet once a month, usually on the last Wednesday of the month in either Olympia or Tacoma.

   Meetings may focus on exploring more about one of the over 300 schools of ikebana; learning from an expert in another area of Japanese arts and culture; or touring Northwest gardens. 

   Organized as a non-profit organization, the Tacoma-Olympia Chapter is committed to public service doing exhibitions for events like Oshogastsu (New Year) festivals or in support of other garden events, for example at Lakewold Garden’s annual Mayfest. 

   If you've ever been intrigued by the beauty and simplicity of Ikebana and would like to know more about the Tacoma-Olympia Ikebana International Chapter 147, please email us at