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March 2022 Newsletter

In the March Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4 newsletter get a recap about our Annual Katen, discover upcoming Ikebana workshops & events, and a reminder to renew your membership.

Dear members,

I’m grateful for your support in making the Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4 Katen flower exhibition a huge success after a three-year hiatus. I want to express my sincere gratitude for the cooperation of many people. Without you this event would not be possible. Thank you:

  • all our members and friends who exhibited their amazing Ikebana works of art

  • our dedicated board: Cynthia, Leonard and Michiyo

  • all our IILA members & volunteers who hosted the country sale, mini-ikebana workshop, and greeted visitors

  • to the Ohara Ikebana School for hosting this year's demonstration on Sunday

  • everyone who took and shared their beautiful photographs

  • the participants who explained their work

  • to Roy Kunisaki and Osamu Ojima for being vendors at the pottery sale

  • The Los Angeles County Arboretum staff & volunteers

The Katen was a glorious way to celebrate the commencement of Spring. Enjoy a recap below. If you missed it we have plenty of photos for you to enjoy. There is also a video of the Ohara demonstration that got me excited about the upcoming Ohara Workshop by Satsuki Palter Sensei on Sunday, April 24, 2022 and our remaining programming for the year.

I had the great pleasure of going to two Ikebana events. Sangetsu Flower Show, "Joyful Flowers" at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California and the Common Ground Exhibition: A Collaboration with Adam Silverman & Sogetsu LA at the Japanese Community Cultural Center in Little Tokyo. The latter is going until April 10 so if you get a chance I highly recommend it. If your group or school has an Ikebana event let me know by sending details to so we can share it with our members.

We are transitioning our email delivery method so it maintains cohesion after my tenure. Please add to your email contact list so you keep getting updates from Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4. I love celebrating our friendship through flowers, so let's continue to stay in touch and I look forward to spending time with you at our next workshop.




Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4

2022 Katen Recap

It was a joy gathering with everyone at the annual Katen this year. We had a well attended exhibition with lots of great feedback from participants who enjoyed the beautiful floral artworks.


Setting up the exhibition on Friday, March 18, 2022 was a lovely day filled with positive energy that allowed members to make their arrangements together harmoniously.


Forty-nine people exhibited their Ikebana arrangements over the March 19 and March 20 weekend. There were several group works and large masterpieces to draw the eye around the room. Arboretum visitors who came to the exhibition enjoyed browsing and many participated in making and taking home a mini-ikebana arrangement.

Ohara Demonstration

The demonstration by Ohara Ikebana School of Los Angeles was held on Sunday, March 20, 2023. The room was filled with over 100 people. Thank you Satsuki Palter, Katey Ho, Theresa Lin, and Mayumi Onami for sharing the unique qualities of Ohara Ikebana and for making arrangements that celebrated the beauty of spring.

Country Store

This year the Country Store was dedicated to our beloved friend Tiiu. Thank you to Cynthia Conant for assembling all the items and donating $2,000 in Tiiu Parli Harunk’s memory. Thank you, also, to Jose Salcedo and Armando Argandona who moved all of Tiiu’s vases, containers, kenzans, II magazines and calendars from Cynthia’s home to the Arboretum. If you are new to our Chapter you can read about Tiiu in this remembrance >>

Ikebana Photo Celebration

Thank you Leonard Brinkers for creating the video streaming in the background of the exhibition throughout the weekend. This film was created for our annual Luncheon. We were lucky to have the opportunity to share this compilation of past Ikebana International Los Angeles, Chapter #4 Katens and events. Enjoy it here.

Katen Feedback

Our flower exhibition will continue every year with lots of support from our members and volunteers. The IILA board wants to hear from you. Let us know what you think we should start, stop and continue doing at next year's Katen by emailing us at

The last day of the Katen was the first day of spring. It is the season when many flowers are in full bloom. Be inspired by the Katen arrangements and continue to use these flowers in your arrangements while you still can.

April Ohara Moribana Workshop

Our April workshop will be led by Satsuki Palter sensei of Ohara Los Angeles School and will be held on April 24, 2022. Due to the Easter holiday we moved our April workshop to the fourth Sunday of the month. If you are interested, please join us but seats are very limited. We are almost at capacity so RSVP your spot today and contact to confirm there is space for you. Get full details about the workshop here >>

May Sangetsu Workshop: "Translucent"

The May workshop will be led by Valeria Brinkers sensei of Ikebana Sangetsu Los Angeles and San Diego School on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 10am. Sangetsu School will show you how to make a beautiful vase using wood, wax, hot glue and paper. You can find details about the workshop here >>

June Ikenobo Workshop: Three material Shoka Arrangement

The June workshop will be led by Jose Salcedo sensei of Ikenobo Ikebana Los Angeles School on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 10am. Jose will lead us in creating a three material Shoka arrangement. You can find details about the workshop here >>

Please join us after the workshop for a tree dedication memorial ceremony for Kawamura Sensei from the Ohara School. Please wear comfortable walking shoes because the event will be outdoors on the Arboretum grounds. Refreshments will be served in the Palm Room following the tree dedication.

Renew Your Membership

We hope you have enjoyed the IILA programming thus far. The end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2022 for Ikebana International headquarters is approaching. Renew your membership for July 2022 - June 2023 by Monday, June 20, 2022 so you can be a member in good standing.

For each member, we annually send the equivalent of ¥6000 dues to II Headquarters in Tokyo and keep the balance to operate IILA programs. Visit our membership page for membership level details >>

You can print this form below and mail it to us, along with your payment.

You can also download it as a PDF file and print it.

Renewal Member (Membership period: July 1 through June 30 annually)

  • Regular Member: $85

  • Junior Member: $15

  • Associate Member: $25

  • Friend of Chapter: $25



City, State, Zip: ______________________________

Phone: _____________________________________

Email: ______________________________________

School: _____________________________________

Chapter/Branch: ______________________________

Are you an Ikebana Teacher? YES NO

Teacher Level: _______________________________

Has any of your contact information changed? YES NO

Make checks payable to: Ikebana International L. A. Chapter #4

Mail completed form and check to:

Michiyo Nakamura

1034 S. Garfield Avenue

Monterey Park, CA 91754-5031

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