New Date: Sunday, February 27, 2022
Dear Members and Guests:
Given the aggressive nature of the Omicron variant and the rising COVID case rates in Los Angeles, the Board has decided to postpone our New Year Luncheon until February 27, 2022. But even then, everything will still hinge on where we are with COVID cases. We will have to wait and see what the situation is next month.
The safety of our members and guests is of the utmost importance to us.
The Board will provide further details as we get closer to the rescheduled date.
We very much look forward to celebrating together in February or as soon as it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, please stay safe.
Fukuyo Tanaka - President
Leonard Brinkers - 1st Vice President
Cynthia Conant - 2nd Vice President
Michiyo Nakamura - Treasurer
Julie Wolfe - Secretary
Our Annual New Year’s Luncheon will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at Courtyard Monterey Park with special guest Mrs. Muto from the Consul General of Japan. This is an opportunity for members to get together once a year and deepen their friendship through flowers. Hopefully as many people as possible will come together. Similar to the monthly workshops, our group will follow COVID-19 prevention procedures and strive to participate with peace of mind.
Join us to celebrate the New Year at our annual luncheon. We will present an exhibition of arrangements by members of the our various schools and hold a silent auction. A demonstration will be provided by Haruko Takeichi from Sogetsu Los Angeles Branch.
We’re looking forward to an entertaining event. Bring a family member or a friend and enjoy the celebration!
Come early (10:30am) and join us for coffee, view the arrangements on display, and sign up for the silent auction. We will have a short meeting at 11:30am, followed by our New Year Toast, and the luncheon will begin at 12:00pm.
Menu Entrée Selections:
Miso Black Cod Seasoned Sticky Rice, Cucumber Salad
Miso-Yaki Glaze Roasted Chicken Breast Potato Puree, Roasted Wild Mushroom, Chicken Jus
Miso Roasted Eggplant Seasoned Sticky Rice, Baby Bok Choy, Miso-Yaki Glaze
$75 per person
Please register for the Luncheon by completing and sending in this registration form
Courtyard Monterey Park 555 North Atlantic Boulevard, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Haruko Takeichi, Sogetsu, Los Angeles Branch. Read her full profile here >>
No charge for parking
Donate to the Silent Auction
Our previous silent auction was very successful. We are conducting it once again at our 2022 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. For details or to make a donation for the silent auction, please contact Fukuyo by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Haruko Takeichi (Flower Name Gyokushun), Sogetsu Los Angeles Branch | Luncheon Presenter
Mrs. Takeichi is a graduate of the Women’s Fine Art College, Tokyo, Japan. She immigrated to the United States in 1968 and received a BA degree in Interior Design from Woodbury University, Burbank, CA in1980. Since then, she worked as an interior designer at an architecture and interiors firm on numerous commercial projects including restaurants, banks, office, and retail stores. Below is a profile of her ikebana work:
In 1980 she began studying in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana under Shunyo Okinaka, a highly accomplished Los Angeles ikebana master. Under her guidance, Mrs. Takeichi developed her own ikebana practice and assisted Mrs. Okinaka on many workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations, gaining a very valuable experience.
In 1989, she began teaching in Santa Ana. 1997 she participated an exhibition at Post convention of I.I. under guidance from 3rd Iemoto Hiroshi Teshigahara in Japan.
She holds a Riji level Teacher’s Diploma, the highest rank in the Sogetsu Teachers Association awarded by the Sogetsu Foundation in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2007, she received the Special Overseas Award from Akane Teshigahara, the current Iemoto of the Sogetsu School in Japan.
From 1995 to 1997, and 2012 to 2015, she served twice as Director of Sogetsu Ikebana Los Angeles Branch.
In 2013, she served as Chairperson of the 9th North America Sogetsu Seminar, for which Iemoto Akane Teshigahara was invited to hold seminars and present “Iemoto Ikebana Live” (a large-scale theatrical performance) at the Aratani Theater, Los Angeles.
In 2015, she held an exhibition at JACCC, marking her 25th year as a Sogetsu Teacher.
In 2017, during Sogetsu Schools 90th Anniversary celebration, she received the Highest Honor Award of “Eiyo Shō 栄誉賞” from Iemoto Akane Teshigahara in Japan.
In 2018, she held an exhibition with her students titled “Haiku with Sogetsu” at the Japanese American National Museum.
From 2017 to the present, she has been presenting weekly ikebana installations at an exclusive Malibu seaside hotel. She enjoys being able to use her knowledge and skills.
All her life she has loved art and developed friendships through her love of flowers. She continues to work hard and seriously but she enjoys teaching ikebana immensely. Her motto in this journey is “Continuation is Power.”
She is also an active member of International Ikebana and Ikebana Teachers Association of Southern California