"Sōgetsu was founded by Sōfū Teshigahara in 1927.[1] Sōfū's father was an ikebana master, who taught his son from childhood. Sōfū wanted to become a painter, but he found that the possibilities for creative expression in using green materials are endless, just as in painting.[2] He found that the strict rules of traditional ikebana did not allow individual expression. He broke away from traditional ikebana and formed his school in 1926.[3] In the beginning, he promoted the school through radio. As of 2016, there have been four headmasters. Sōfū's daughter Kasumi was a gifted artist. She became the second headmaster until she died at age 47. Her elder brother, film director Hiroshi Teshigahara, took over. The current headmaster is Akane, Sōfū's granddaughter.[3] The Sōgetsu school is an open-minded and avant-gardist school. The school was one of the first to have English textbooks.[4]" Wikipedia

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