News & Conferences

Congratulations to Ichiyo Students!

At our November Meeting, Sensei Jeanne Houlton presented four of her students with certificates signifying the completion of their recent courses of study.  These certificates are particularly noteworthy as they were signed by the Iemoto Akihiro Kasuya before his untimely passing in early 2019.  They are treasures!

Naples I.I. Chapter Activities

Our Sister Chapter in Naples has announced two important dates:

          February 7 & 8, 2020 is their Annual Exhibition

         Friday, March 13, is the date for the Naples Annual Luncheon at The Club at the Strand.  Their demonstration will be by Rehka Reddy, from the Ohara school  and also from India!

Let’s support our friends to the South and plan ahead.  All of the information is on their website, so just CLICK HERE!

I I Orlando-Winter Park Chapter #132

Our Sister Chapter in Orlando is honored to have Etsuko Yasuoka from Japan for a one-day event in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, February 8, 2020.   For more information, please click here for their website and scroll down.

An Invitation to the New Year's Luncheon

Ikebana International has extended an invitation to all members to attend the New Year’s Luncheon in Tokyo on Monday, January 27, 2020.  Mr. Hiroki Ohara, Headmaster of Ohara School will provide a demonstration.

Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, Ikebana International Honorary President will honor attendees with her presence at the Luncheon.  Seats are limited, so make your reservation early if you plan to attend this memorable event!  For more information, click HERE.

Want to Travel to Japan in the Spring?

Chapter 1 in Washington, DC is planning a group tour to Japan in April 2020 that you might want to check out! See the magic of this incredible country in the comfort of a group that will lead you through delightful sights and treasured grounds.  For more information, check out the flyer and the contact the organizers by clicking HERE.

Honoring Ichiyo Iemoto Akihiro Kasuya

It was with great sadness that our Chapter #65 members learned of the passing of the Ichiyo School’s Iemoto Akirhiro Kasuya in early 2019. On April 10, 2018 many of us attended his spectacular demonstration to a sold out crowd of 175 people at the Palladium Theater in Gulfport Florida to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Ichiyo Florida Chapter. Ichiyo students came from every chapter in the United States and Japan and Jamaica. As happy as the occasion was, it was his last demonstration before he passed away the following year. The design of the arrangement was inspired by the Gulf waters in St.Petersburg. The majority of the flowers were tropicals from Hawaii and the greens were grown in Florida.

On the following two days four workshops were given to again a sold out group of 85 Ichiyo students. Our current Iemoto Naohiro Kasuya and Kazumi Saito from Okinawa assisted and was joined by Ichiyo master and chapter president Jeanne Houlton and other masters from other cities.

With recollection of his remarkable talent, dedication to Ichiyo and commitment to his students, please enjoy these photos of the Iemoto’s stunning final demonstration.  (Click to enlarge.)


Sarasota Chapter Holiday Luncheon

Sarasota Chapter #115 presents a Holiday Luncheon with special Ikebana demonstrations

by sensei from various schools on:

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 10:00-2:00 p.m.

University Park Country Club, Lakeside Room at 7671 The Park Blvd.,  University Park, FL 34201.

There will be a Chinese Auction for bountiful baskets.  All are welcome!

Reservation information is available here on the front page of the Sarasota I.I. website!

Hyberdad, India!!! Nov 16 - 19, 2020

Eager to Travel? Here is a trip you surely will not forget! The 15th Asian Regional Conference is scheduled for November 16th to 19th, 2020 in Hyderabad, India. Tap your friends and plan to represent us at a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Here is all you need to know: Hyderabad 2020

NARC in Dallas! Oct 27 - 31, 2019

The 18th North & Central American Regional Conference, hosted by Dallas Chapter 13 and Fort Worth Chapter 38 will take place Sunday, October 27 – Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, in the heart of Downtown Dallas and the Arts District!  The theme is “Grow Ikebana!” So, grab your best buddies and plan to make this a shared trip of learning and great fun.  Registration is available on their website.  There will be many workshops and demonstrations and you are sure to find something delightful!

Professor Senko Ikenobo, Professor Manabu Noda as well as Professor Yoshiko LeSage will represent Ikenobo.
Soho Sakai, Riji and Kika Shabata, Riji will be representing Sogetsu.
Professor Jose Salcedo will be representing Ohara.
Master Elaine Jo will be representing Ichiyo.

  It is noteworthy that Ilse Beunen, Sogetsu Somu, has been added to the roster of 18th NCARC workshops.  She will be doing two Sogetsu workshops for Conference registrants.