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Sunday, June 19, 2022 - Reiko Kawamura Memorial Ohara Workshop, Tree Dedication and Reception

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Ohara Workshop and Reception

Ikebana International Los Angeles Chapter 4 members and Reiko Kawamura's family and friends gathered at the Los Angeles County Arboretum honor her on Sunday, June 19, 2022. The day began with an Ohara workshop led by Reiko's student, Jose Salcedo. We had 30 participants this month. 


In the workshop, attendees created a moribana arrangement using three materials. These arrangements are classified as Color Scheme moribana arrangements, using the Color Method. Color Scheme moribana arrangements express the beauty of the harmony and contrast of materials. The Color Method aims to express the beauty of color through the color, shape and textures of the selected materials. We appreciate Jose for facilitating this workshop. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the reception following the Tree Dedication. We appreciate you for bringing tasty items to share. Hopefully we can do more potlucks next season. 

Workshop and Reception Photos

Tree Dedication Ceremony


A chionanthus retusus (Chinese Fringe Tree) near the Arboretum entrance was selected by committee members. A plaque was also unveiled with a dedication, "In Memory of Reiko Kawamura. Beloved Sensei, Mentor, Friend." Under the tree canopy everyone spent time sharing their Reiko memories and stories. Our Chapter is grateful to the Kawamura family for their generosity, continued support, and for spending the afternoon with us. Considerable thanks also must be extended to the planning committee who put this lovely event together: Armando, Cynthia and Jose. Additional thanks to Tomoko Lew for sharing 360-degree immersive photos with us.

See all photos from the Memorial Tree Dedication here >>

Featured in Chapter Activities by Ikebana International Headquarters

Vol.67. Issue 1, November 2022 

Chapter members, if you received the Winter 2023 Ikebana International Magazine, please look at the Chapter Activities insert. This event was featured. Please take a look below. 

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