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 Profess