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October 2021 Newsletter

Dear Members:

Fall and Halloween are here. Are you ready? I'm looking forward to the flowers in our Ikebana arrangements lasting a few days longer because of the cooler weather that's upon us.

I am pleased to announce that we received three $25.00 donations after our September Demonstration. Thank you for your contributions.

October Sogetsu Workshop by Zoltan Tokes

Our October workshop was held on Sunday the 17th, led by Zoltan Tokes of Sogetsu School of Ikebana with 21 people gathered. Throughout the pandemic Zoltan collected many natural treasures on his walks along beaches, the woods and from his own backyard. He, his wife and son, who are always encouraging and inspiring him, brought a truckload of unique pieces for the activity.

“This particular event is trying to abandon and not to use any greens. Greens are so beautiful and in Sogetsu and ikebana we have used so many things in green, but never ever went underground where the roots are. And I think the roots are beautiful. When you come up from the earth you will see branches and all kinds of things that you see now (dried flowers, dried roots, branches, leaves, vinyl, toy tires, kelp and driftwood) in front of you that were never in a garden show or Sogetsu. So I’m so excited to see you all transform these, have fun and take them home with you.” - Zoltan Tokes

Together we spent the morning creating eclectic works of ikebana. Please enjoy the result in the pictures here>>>

Ikenobo Ikebana Workshop Sunday, November 21, 2021

I'm excited to be leading the November Workshop on Sunday, November 21, 2021. We will be making an Ikebana arrangement in the Shoka style (smaller ikebana arrangement for the home) using chrysanthemum flowers and other seasonal plants.


About the presenter Fukuyo Tanaka - Ikenobo

Fukuyo was born in Japan and grew up in Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture. She first encountered ikebana as a junior high school student and fell in love with Ikenobo's Rikka arrangement which began as an offering to Buddha and signifies the magnificence of nature. After graduating from high school, Fukuyo went to an art college in Tokyo. Whenever she created a good piece of work or saw great artworks in galleries, she would be transported back to the feeling she had when she first encountered Ikebana. Keep reading about Fukuyo here >>>


November Workshop Registration Details

Please register for our November workshop by completing the registration form and returning it to Michiyo Nakamura with your registration fee. As always, you are welcome to bring a friend to any of our workshops at the non-member registration fee.

Membership Badges Required to Enter

We previously distributed I. I. membership cards and badge holders to all members. Please remember that you have to wear your badge when you come to the Arboretum for any Chapter event or you may be charged an entrance fee. We kindly ask that you follow the Arboretum’s COVID protocol rules – all members/guests must be fully vaccinated, wear a mask at all times while on Arboretum grounds, and wear an Ikebana International ID badge.

Ikenobo Flower Arrangement Exhibition by Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Los Angeles

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Sunday, November 21, 2021

10:00 am ~ 4:00 pm

Free Admission

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

Doizaki Gallery

244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Los Angeles Chapter President

Izumi Minamitani

For Information:

Upcoming Events

December, January and the winter holiday season are approaching. Have you decided on your schedule for this year?

New Year Luncheon Sunday, January 9, 2022

We are pleased to be able to resume our New Year Luncheon on January 9, 2022. Haruko Takeichi from Sogetsu will be providing the demonstration. Please see her profile below. I am looking forward to seeing all of you there together with your family and friends. Please register for the Luncheon by completing and sending in this registration form no later than December 15, 2021.

As a fundraiser for our Chapter during this year’s Luncheon, we will be holding a silent auction with items donated by our members. If you have vases which you no longer want but are in good, clean condition, please consider donating them to our fundraiser. We are accepting new or used ikebana

related items, such as floral containers (without cracks or chips), kenzans, books, etcetera. For details or to make a donation for the silent auction, please contact Fukuyo by email at

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

Katen, Saturday, March 19, 2022 and Sunday March 20, 2022

Please remember to save the date for our annual Katen which will be held on March 19 and 20, 2022. Details will be distributed as soon as available.

Ikebana of the Month

Armando Argandona (Ohara) submitted his arrangement for our enjoyment.

If you would like your arrangement photo included in a future Newsletter, send your photos to Julie Wolfe at


The pandemic is not over and still a part of our daily lives. Let's continue to proceed each day with caution with the intention of living together safely and with our healthy bodies.

There is a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine record. You will get a QR code that proves that you have been vaccinated from the State of California for your smartphones from this link I find it to be convenient to have because more public places are requiring you to show it when out and about.

Remember to go outside and enjoy the changes fall brings to our natural world. I hope I can spend my daily life as normal as possible while wearing a mask and continuing to wash my hands. I look forward to gradually expanding my range of activities such as shopping, walking, and traveling.

Let us have friendship through flowers,

Fukuyo Tanaka, President

Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4

(562) 481-1652


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