is a worldwide organization founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen. Its members are dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, and other related arts of Japan. Ikebana International (I.I.) is a nonprofit cultural organization in Japan and today boasts over 8000 members in more than 50 countries. Helsinki Chapetr is I.I. chapter nro. 193.
Some ikebana schools stress classic styles while other schools focus on creative , contemporary forms and some blend the two. While each school is different, they openly share their inspirations, styles, philosphy, history, and techniques with one other. Membership in I.I. is open to all persons interested in the art of ikebana and the ideals of I.I. regardles of previous experience.