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November 2021

Dear Members,

By the time you receive this newsletter, Thanksgiving will be over, but I hope you all had a great time with your family and friends. I am thankful to each of you for your continued participation in Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4 events. I'm appreciative of all the ikebana demonstrators and workshop facilitators who fearlessly share their artistry with us. I'm forever grateful to our volunteer Board: Cynthia, Julie, Leonard, and Michiyo who give countless hours to help organize all events and keep the group functioning. I'm looking forward to spending time in 2021 with each of you.

As the holiday season is upon us Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4 will take a break for the December meeting and workshop. We hope all the members have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

November Ikenobo Workshop by Fukuyo Tanaka

The third workshop of the year was held on Sunday, November 21, 2021in the Palm Room of the Arboretum in Arcadia. I had the privilege to be the instructor on behalf of Ikenobo LA branch. The basics of shoka shofutai design was introduced at the workshop. The four key principles include:

  1. stem insertion location

  2. height of elements

  3. flower facing direction

  4. clarity of water’s edge

By following these guidelines, anyone can complete a basic shoka shofutai arrangement. The form was demonstrated using three, five, seven, and nine stems of chrysanthemum. Participants were encouraged to make an Ikebana that matched the example as closely as possible. Corrections were made according to the four points outlined. I was relieved that everyone was satisfied with their arrangement, some of which are included here for your enjoyment >>

New Years Luncheon

Our Annual New Year’s Luncheon will be held on Sunday, January 9, 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. I hope that 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. I'm excited to see Professor Takeichi and Sogetsu members from the Sogetsu Los Angeles branch conduct a live demonstration at the Luncheon. You do not want to miss this! Four schools of Ikebana will display their arrangements at the Luncheon. This will be a lovely preview of the Spring Katen.

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

If you have not already done so, please register for the Luncheon by completing and sending in the registration form no later than December 15, 2021.

[[ Attend the Luncheon ]]

Katen 2022

The Board is now planning for our annual exhibition (Katen), which will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2022 and Sunday, March 20, 2022. 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 registration form.

[[ Participate in the Katen]]

This year our Ohara members will give the one-hour demonstration on Sunday, March 20. As is our tradition, we will have a “country store” selling donated items. This is another opportunity to clear out some of your ikebana supplies and other items. If you are repotting, transplanting, or dividing some plants in your garden, please consider putting some in pots and bringing them to our country store.


I'm hopeful that many members have already received their Covid-19 booster as I have. Let's have a great time while being careful together with each other in 2022.

Let us have friendship through flowers,

Fukuyo Tanaka, President

Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4

(562) 481-1652

Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4 is in the West Division of Ikebana International North & Central American Region (NCAR), the largest region of seven regions within Ikebana International, reaching from Canada to the Panama Canal. Visit to learn more.

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