Sogetsu Anniversary luncheon and ikebana live demo at Omni Hotel Los Angeles, April 9, 11:30AM

Sogetsu Art by Tetsunori Kawana

Ikebana art by Tetsunori Kawana, a Grand Master of the Sogetsu school.

The Los Angeles Branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana marks its 25th anniversary this spring. As part of the anniversary celebration, a special ikebana demonstration by Tetsunori Kawana, a Grand Master of the Sogetsu school, is planned and the public is invited to attend this show.

The demonstration and luncheon by Sogetsu’s Los Angeles Branch will be held at the Omni Hotel Los Angeles, 251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 617-3300, on Saturday, April 9, at 11:30 am. General admission is $80. Registration will start at 10:30 am, and the demonstration will take place from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. Master Kawana will create a spectacular stage-size flower arrangement in front of the audience.

For reservations, contact Sogetsu Ikebana Los Angeles Branch, c/o Tom Takeichi Associates, 1721 West Garvey Ave, #G, Alhambra, CA 91803, (626) 588-2660, Fax (626) 588-2659, attention Ms. Haruko Takeichi.

Sogetsu is one of several Ikebana flower arranging schools founded in Japan, but now followed by practitioners throughout the world. The Sogetsu School was established by the late headmaster Sofu Teshigahara (1900-1979) in 1927. Believing that ikebana should be both enjoyable and creative, Sofu developed a school of ikebana that was deeply rooted in Japanese tradition yet embraced the evolving requirements of the modern age.

Established in 1953, the Sogetsu Foundation promotes various activities to research and disseminate teaching in the practice of ikebana internationally.

Located in Akasaka, Tokyo, the headquarters oversees the foundation’s 49 branches in Japan, and over 100 overseas branches and study groups in 34 countries.

Branches and study groups regularly hold workshops, demonstrations, and exhibitions to enhance local cultural activities. Notable artists who have been collaborators at the school include Sam Francis, Shusaku Arakawa and Isamu Noguchi.

The current headmaster, Akane Teshigahara, is the fourth generation in a succession of family members to lead the school. Her beautiful, bold and delicate works have been shown in exhibitions worldwide. Her captivating demonstrations are highly regarded by connoisseurs and laypeople alike, in Japan and abroad.