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December 2022 Newsletter

Register for the Annual Luncheon, get a recap of the November Saga Goryu Workshop, re-watch or watch Ms. Haruko Takeichi’s Sogetsu Demonstration remotely in lieu of no planned Chapter gatherings, and save the date for the Katen.

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

I hope you and yours enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. Have you noticed the cold weather in the mornings and evenings has returned, the leaves on the trees continue to change color, all signs telling us the season is changing from autumn to winter. Let us celebrate the changing of the seasons and the upcoming holidays with grace.

Enjoy the December Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter Newsletter. This month, register for the Annual Luncheon, get a recap of the November Saga Goryu Workshop, re-watch or watch Ms. Haruko Takeichi’s Sogetsu Demonstration remotely in lieu of no planned Chapter gatherings, and save the date for the Katen.


Fukuyo Tanaka



Archive Photo: Ikebana by Mrs.Patricia Ziegler from the 2022 Katen

2023 New Year’s Luncheon

We are planning our 65th anniversary celebration and New Year's general meeting on January 8, 2023. We look forward to the participation of as many members as possible. If you have any credits left or have been refunded for the canceled 2022 New Year's Meeting, please re-register.


Sunday, January 8, 2023


10:30 am - 2:00 pm



RSVP Deadline

Sunday, December 20, 2022


Courtyard by Marriott - Monterey Park, 555 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Special Guest

Mr. Kenko Sone, the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles


This is an opportunity for members to get together once a year and deepen their friendship through flowers. I hope that as many people as possible will come together. You do not want to miss this!

I'm excited to share that Mrs. Patricia Ziegler and members from Sogetsu San Fernando Valley branch will conduct a live demonstration during the Luncheon. Five schools of Ikebana will also display their arrangements at the Luncheon. This will be a lovely preview of the Spring Katen.

Come at 10:30am and join us for coffee, view the arrangements on display, and sign up for the silent donation (auction). We will have a short meeting at 11:30am, followed by our celebratory New Year's Toast 🥂, and the luncheon will begin at 12:00pm. Followed by the live demonstration.

Silent Donation

Our previous silent donation (auction) was very successful. We are conducting it once again at our 2023 Luncheon and are in need of any vases or gently used Ikebana-related books. This is a great opportunity to do an "osoji" (Japanese for big cleaning before the new year) to your Ikebana supplies. Let's give a second life to your under-used vases by donating them to the auction. Please bring your items with you to the Luncheon.

Do you want to participate but you don’t have extra ikebana supplies? This is your chance to unload those extra gift cards, passes to museums, or concert tickets. The board will create gift baskets with them. Reply to this email if you want to contribute this way. All donations are tax deductible.

Help Make the Day a Success

We are seeking volunteers to help make the Annual Luncheon a success. If you are able to come a little bit early, help during the event or stay after the event to help pack up the organizing committee will greatly appreciate it. Please let us know when you RSVP.

RSVP is Closed

November Workshop

I am happy to report that the workshop in November was a success with 21 people gathered joyfully in spite of the closeness of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. It's been several years since we have had a Saga Goryu workshop and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves and the beautiful creations they made. On the day of the event, there were several new members, and thanks to Sensei Alfredo Valenzuela, it was quite a happy scene.

December Video Demonstration

There will be no workshops scheduled for December. As a preview to our upcoming New Year's Luncheon, enjoy the video demonstration by Ms. Haruko Takeichi of the Sogetsu Los Angeles Branch, which was created earlier this year.

Archive Photo: Camille and her students create a large Sogetsu ikebana for the 2022 Katen.

Annual Katen

The Board is planning our annual exhibition (Katen), which will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2023 and Sunday, March 19, 2023 at the USC-Pacific Asia Museum. Members will be able to set up their arrangements on Friday, March 17, 2023. Please save the dates. Space is limited. As soon as we have a layout we will be issuing the sign-up form so stay tuned. We hope to see many of your beautiful arrangements at the Katen.


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