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December 2021 Newsletter

Dear Members:

Hello everyone. I'm grateful to have been able to spend the Christmas holiday with my family and close friends. 2021 was another year with COVID-19 in the air, although it could be burdensome to mask-up every day, being fully vaccinated and boosted allowed me to have fun, traveling, hiking, and attending our I. I. LA Chapter meetings.

As 2022 commences, a new kind of corona strain is making noise again. I make it a point not to panic, continue to wash and sanitize my hands, and wear a mask as is my normal practice.

Annual Luncheon Postponed

Our Chapter New Year's Luncheon party is postponed until Sunday, February 27, 2022. We ask all attendees to wash/sanitize their hands every 30 minutes, fully wear a mask (when needing to de-mask please step outside the venue for a few minutes), and enjoy our time gathering together.

Remember to bring your old vases to donate to the silent auction.

April Workshop

On Sunday, April 24, 2022, the workshop by Ohara School and Mrs. Satsuki Palter is scheduled. Please register for our February workshop by completing the attached form and returning it to Michiyo Nakamura with your registration fee. The registration deadline is April 17, 2022. As always, you are welcome to bring a friend to any of our workshops at the non-member registration fee.

Satsuki Palter - Ohara

Satsuki Palter is a Sub-Grandmaster of Ohara Ikebana with over 38 years’ experience as an ikebana artist. She is president of the Ohara Los Angeles Chapter, and past president of Ikebana International LA Chapter. She has performed ikebana demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions at the Getty Museum, LA County Museum, Japanese American National Museum, and Anime Expo, and teaches workshops throughout the country. Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, Satsuki also teaches Japanese tea ceremony.

Ikebana International Headquarters Virtual Event

We received good news from I.I. Headquarters in Japan that we can watch the New Year gathering 2022 on YouTube. The event will be shown beginning January 20, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, and will end January 22, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. It will only be shown during this 48 hour period, and the viewing is for Ikebana International members only. There is no fee to view the event.

We will be provided with more details the week before the YouTube event and we will pass that information along to you. If anyone wants to watch it, save the date and time please. Here is the program.


• New Year Greetings: HIH Princess Takamado, International President Nobuko Sakata

• Reflecting on the History of Ikebana International: A dialogue between Etsuko Hattori, Honorary Advisor, and Nobuko Sakata, International President

• Special Ikebana Demonstration: Iemoto Akane Teshigahara, Sogetsu School

Katen Saturday, March 19, 2022 and Sunday, March 20, 2022

For the first time in two years our Chapter will be hosting a Katen flower exhibition on Saturday, March 19, 2022 and Sunday, March 20, 2022 at the LA County Arboretum.

Members will be able to set up their arrangements on Friday, March 18. We hope to see many of your beautiful arrangements at the Katen. Please register for this event by completing and returning the attached registration form.


I hope you have a good time with your friends at Ikebana International.

Let us have friendship through flowers,

Fukuyo Tanaka, President

Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4

(562) 481-1652


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