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June 2023 Newsletter

- Recap of May Sogetsu Workshop - RSVP for the final meeting on June 18, 2023, watch an Ikenobo demo and celebrate the IILA leadership change - Reminder to renew membership - Details on 19th NCAR Conference in 2024

Los Angeles Chapter #4

June 2023 Newsletter

Hello there! I hope everyone is doing well. It brings me great joy to share that our last workshop of the year was successful and concluded on Sunday, May 21, 2023. Thank you, Cindy for leading a delightful Sogetsu workshop.

The current newsletter include the following:

It’s been a privilege to serve as your chapter president these past two years and celebrate our “Friendship Through Flowers” with each of you.


Fukuyo Tanaka


May Sogetsu SFV Workshop

On May 21, Cindy Utsuginger from the Sogetsu San Fernando Valley branch held a workshop on Sogetsu Ikebana's Freestyle. She demonstrated the use of unconventional materials in flower arrangements.

She began the workshop by demonstrating a large ikebana piece using dried monstera roots and branches hanging off a Kitajima-sensi vase and topping it off with calla lilies. The arrangement transformed based on the viewer's angle and emphasized the importance of mass, line, and space in the Sogetsu Freestyle technique.

Later, she demonstrated the workshop piece using sunflowers, airy Huckleberry branches, and honeycomb packaging paper as the unconventional material. As an Ikenobo student, using paper with fresh flowers was challenging but exciting. Ikebana International workshops offer exposure to various ikebana techniques, which is why I enjoy participating. Each of the 24 participants created a unique piece, which you can see in the photos.

Many thanks to Cindy for leading this workshop and sharing her expertise. See photos from the workshop here >>

Final Chapter Meeting

The last chapter meeting for the 2022 - 2023 season will be held at USC Pacific Asia Museum on Sunday, June 18, 2023. This is a members-only event. On the event day, Ikenobo Los Angeles branch members Fukuyo Tanaka (current IILA chapter president) and Jessica Tang (previous IILA chapter president) will give an Ikenobo Ikebana demonstration. Let's share a light lunch together and enjoy the comforts of the Museum one final time. We’ll thank the current board, then introduce the incoming president and board members.

RSVP to Attend

Registration Closed

  • This event is FREE to IILA Chapter members

  • RSVP by Wednesday, June 14, 2023, so we know how much food to prepare

Membership Renewal by June 15, 2023 🤟

Your membership is up for renewal soon, and we kindly request that you renew it by Thursday, June 15, 2023, so we can send your information to Japan promptly. We understand that life can get hectic, and things may slip your mind, but we want to ensure that you take advantage of all the fantastic benefits of being a chapter member. To make payment more accessible, we've created an online form and have set up Paypal. However, if you prefer to register offline, please find the attached application form, print it out, and send it by mail.

Thank you for your continued membership with us.

Attend The19th NCAR Ikebana International Conference

From the NCAR Ikebana International Seedlings News:

Greetings from Philadelphia, the host city of Ikebana International 19th North & Central American Regional Conference Sunday, October 13, 2024-Thursday, October 17, 2024, at the Philadelphia Double Tree Center City Hilton.

We are thrilled to announce that the Principal Guest Master at the 19th NCAR Conference will be Iemoto Naohiro Kasuya, Fourth Headmaster of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana. We are excited to share that we will also have demonstrations and workshops by the following incredible ikebana artists for your enjoyment and participation:

  • Kyoko K.K. Petersen, Senior Professor (Sokatoku) of the Ikenobo School of Ikebana, has completed the highest level of Classical Rikka at the Central Institute of the Ikenobo School in Kyoto.

  • Ingrid Luders, Grand Master of the Ohara School of Ikebana is founder and first president of North America Ohara Teachers Association.

  • Tetsunori Kawana, Master Instructor of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Ikebana International Philadelphia Chapter 71 looks forward to welcoming you and our NCAR advocates to the City of Brotherly Love.


I will finish my term as chapter president at the end of June. Although it has been challenging, it has also brought me immense joy during these last two years. Highlights included both Katens and finding a venue to host events while the arboretum completed construction.

I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have supported me throughout my journey. I want to thank Leonard Brinkers, Cynthia Conant, Jann Gustafson, Michiyo Nakamura, Hong Zhou, Valeria Brinkers, Emily Tanaka, as well as everyone who helped facilitate a workshop and demonstration, all I.I.LA members, volunteers who assisted with the Katen celebrations and USC Pacific Asia Museum, and particularly Cristina Hernandez-Guerrero. Your support has been invaluable to me.


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