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September 2022 Demonstration

When: Sunday, September 18, 2022

Leonard B. from the Sangetsu School is demonstrating an ikebana at our 2021 Meeting and Demonstration

Ikebana International Los Angeles, Chapter #4 (IILA) is kicking off it's 65th Anniversary year on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 11:00am at a new location, USC-PAM (Pacific Asian Museum) 46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101. The museum is generously making space for IILA to host their monthly Ikebana events and annual Katen for the 2022 - 2023 season. The IILA board is grateful to our host venue and hope participants take time after our event to explore the current exhibits and enjoy the beautiful historic architecture.

Free Parking is available onsite, space is limited. Thank you to everyone who has RSVP'd. This event is currently at capacity.

At this meeting we will have our Annual Ikebana Demonstration Showcase by local Ikebana Masters from Ikenobo, Ohara, Sangetsu and Sogetsu Schools. Each school will demonstrate for 20 minutes. Keep reading this article to learn about the amazing floral artists who will present from each school, understand the day-of schedule, RSVP Standby List information and learn about the location.

Our Demonstrators

Ikenobo School, San Gabriel Valley Branch: Chinyun Alice Yang Sensei

Chinyun Alice Yang is a member of the Ikenobo San Gabriel Valley Chapter, since 2004 where she met her wonderful teacher, Tina Fu-Ting Yang. Chinyun wants to thank her for all the opportunities she has received to learn and grow. Also Chinyun Alice Yang Sensei has attended many Floral Art Exhibitions and Demonstrations, and wants to showcase the beauty of flower arranging to everyone using Rikka Shimputai style.

Ikenobo School, Los Angeles Branch: Jessica Tang Sensei

Jessica Tang Sensei teaches Ikenobo Ikenobo at Huntington Library in San Marino, California. She is President Emeritus of Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter #4. She is a member of the Ikenobo School Los Angeles teachers group and a member of Ikebana Southern California Teachers


Ohara School, Los Angeles: Hiromi Sato Sensei

Hiromi Sato Sensei was born in Japan and grew up in Sakai City in Osaka Prefecture. She was interested in flowers, plants and even insects from her childhood. Hiromi loved nature since she was little. After Hiromi came to LA, she started to take Ikebana classes from our Ohara Grand Master, Shofu Shohara. She has taught Hiromi Ikebana from the beginning and still gives her wonderful advice. Hiromi feels very lucky to meet her and started to learn about the Ohara School Ikebana. There are many styles of Ohara School Ikebana. One of the Ohara styles is the landscape method which shows the environment and natural growth characteristics. Hiromi states that Ohara School is a perfect school for her. Hiromi has earned the Second Degree of the Master Course of the Ohara School. Hiromi said the more she experiences Ikebana, the more she realizes that there is a long way to go and it is a lifetime of learning.

Sangetsu School: Valeria Brinkers Sensei and Leonard Brinkers Sensei

Valeria Brinkers is a professor of the Ikebana Sangetsu School and former President of the Ikebana International Los Angeles. She received her jyo-kyoju title in 1993 from the Headquarters of the Sangetsu School in Japan. She continued to progress with her studies by earning the second level certificate as an assistant professor in 2010 and in 2017 she was awarded with the title of professor. She is very active in various community events, classes, workshops and exhibits. Last year she had the opportunity to be in charge of organizing and participating in two Sangetsu exhibitions, called “Joyful Flowers” at Carlsbad Flower Fields and Sherman Library and Gardens. Valeria Sensei teaches several classes in Culver City, CA and also San Diego.

Leonard Brinkers is an assistant professor of the Ikebana Sangetsu School. He is currently serving as the First Vice President for our Chapter. He graduated from the Sangetsu School of Flower Arranging, as an instructor in August of 2015. Then in June of 2017, he received his Assistant Professor degree. Leonard created our website, He served as a Board Member for eight years, as the host-master for our meetings and the Facebook page.

Sogetsu School, San Fernando Valley Branch: Hetty Shurtleff Sensei

Hetty Shurtleff Sensei studied for 7 years practicing ikebana Sogetsu as a student of Camille Van Ast Sensei. About two years ago she finished the curriculum and received her teaching credential. She is currently a 4th grade Sogetsu teacher and is currently actively teaching classes in Santa Barbara.

Sensei Hetty said she realized how difficult teaching can be but also rewarding as it introduces others to the beautiful art of ikebana. Sensei Hetty Shurtleff will be making a “free” style arrangement using unusual materials.

Sogetsu School, Los Angeles Branch: Toko Okada Sensei and Rie Miura Strong (Flower name is Ryusen)

Toko Okada Sensei started learning Sogetsu Ikebana. She moved to America and temporarily took a break from Ikebana. During that time, I studied Western flower arrangement styles, preserved flower arrangement, and clay flower. I returned to Sogetsu Ikebana about 20 years ago as I realized I prefer this style over others. Today, I am proud to serve as the Director of the Sogetsu LA branch.

Rie initially studied the Ohara school of Ikebana and completed the basic and regular courses in Japan. After moving to the USA, she started studying the Sogetsu school of Ikebana under Gyukusen Arao in 2005. She has participated in Sogetsu Exhibitions, Demonstrations, and Workshops at various locations. In 2019, she obtained the “Floral Design and Shop Management” certificate at Golden West College. Currently, she is the Deputy Director of the Sogetsu Ikebana LA branch.


  • 11:00 am is when museum doors open (wear your IILA badge and check-in at the entry ) to get in for free

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am: Social and snacks

  • 11:30 am: Demonstration by 5 schools of ikebana

RSVP to be on Standby

We are currently at capacity. To be placed on the standby list please email with your name and contact information.

We'll let you know by EOD Friday, September 16, 2022 if not sooner.


  • USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los RoblesW Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

See you at the USC Pacific Asia Museum for IILA's 2022 - 2023 Season


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