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August 2022 Newsletter

Read the Chapter Presidents Letter • Get details on summer Japanese American cultural and ikebana events • General IILA Updates • Help Plan the Party

Ikebana International

Los Angeles Chapter #4 • August 2022 Newsletter

Dear Members,

As August commences, summer festivals are taking place all over the country. The COVID-19 crisis, which has entered its third year, has not shown any sign of ending, but let's spend our days caring for each other and taking precautions to not spread the virus.

I had the pleasure of attending Ikenobo Ikebana Los Angeles’s annual general meeting in July. Their four-day celebration includes demonstrations, a flower exhibition and workshops. Here is a photo of a Rikka arrangement by the Ikenobo Headquarters Special Visiting Professor Noritaka Noda.

Rikka arrangement by the Ikenobo Headquarters Special Visiting Professor Noritaka Noda

Summer Ikebana

It's been a month since the new fiscal year has passed. In July, OCBC, LongBeach, Venice, etc. held Nikkei (Japanese American) summer festivals, and I hope everyone enjoyed them.

In August, the 80th Annual Nisei Week will also be held August 13 – 21, 2022 in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. Make sure to stop by The Art of Ikebana Japanese Flower Arrangement by the Ikebana Teachers Association of Southern California at the JACCC Doizaki Gallery Japanese American Cultural & Community Center: 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, California.

On Sunday, August 28, 2022 the Bridge USA Summer Festival 2022 will be held at the Torrance Community Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance, CA 90503 from 10am - 7pm. I hope you find the opportunity to enjoy both these events. If your community center has a summer festival not listed here, please let us know so we can inform our members.

September Meeting

When: September, September 18, 2022

Our first meeting for the 2022 - 2023 season will be held on the third Sunday in September, September 18, 2022 at our new location. USC-PAM (Pacific Asian Museum). Free Parking is available onsite, space is limited, and remember to RSVP.

This will be our Annual Demonstration featuring five schools. Bring a friend or two who’s interested in your Ikebana so they can discover the various styles and schools of Ikebana available to them.

At this meeting we will have our Annual Ikebana Demonstration Showcase by local Ikebana Masters from Ikenobo, Ohara, Sangetsu and Sogetsu Schools. Each school will demonstrate for 20 minutes. Read more about our September Meeting and Demonstration here >>

RSVP to Attend

OR reply to this email to let me know you are attending. Include the following:

  1. First and Last Name of Attendee(s)

  2. Phone Number


  • 11:00 am is when museum doors open (wear your IILA badge and check-in at the entry ) to get in for free

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am: Social and snacks

  • 11:30 am: Demonstration by 5 schools of ikebana


  • USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

2022 - 2022 Schedule

Leonard, First VP - Programming is currently contacting the presidents of each ikebana branch to determine the presenters for this year's demonstrations and workshops. Please look forward to the August / September newsletter, which will include information about the presenters for the coming year. The anticipated schedule from October onwards will be posted in the Yearbook, which will be published in September.

Help Plan the Party

Lastly, this year marks Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4 65th Anniversary. We would like to celebrate this occasion at the New Year’s Luncheon. We are seeking members to help plan the party. If you are interested, please let me know.

Let’s make the 2022 - 2023 season a memorable one, with all members supporting each other to continue to foster “friendship through flowers” for years to come.


Fukuyo Tanaka

Chapter President


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