Kayoko Fujimoto began teaching Ohara ikebana in 1952 after coming to the USA from Japan with her husband and two young sons. She has distinguished herself not only in her local ikebana activities but has been recognized by the Emperor of Japan in 2010 with the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Golden and Silver Rays for her outstanding service to Ikebana and promoting the traditional culture Of Japan. She had the rarified lifetime membership awarded to her by the Ohara School, received the Bunka Hall of Fame induction for contributions to Japanese ikebana and enhancing community relations. She is also a charter member and founder of both I.I. and ITF in the Bay area as well as a member of the Ohara Chapter, North American Ohara Teachers’ Association, and the Suiyo Flower Club. She continues to actively teach and demonstrate.
Mitsuko Maruyama was born in Ohita, Japan and came to the United State at the age of 15. In 1971, she began ikebana studies in the Ohara School. In 1977, she earned her first teaching degree and has earned successive degrees since then. In May 2008, she received Ohara School’s First Term Master’s degree. For over 40 years she has been an active member of ikebana organizations. Currently, she is President of the Ohara Ikebana School of Northern California Chapter. She is a member of North American Ohara Teachers Association. She is past President of Ikebana International San Francisco Chapter and the Ikebana Teachers Federation. She has demonstrated and exhibited ikebana at numerous flower shows including those presented by Ohara Ikebana School Northern California Chapter, the Asian Art Museum and Cherry Blossom festival in San Francisco.
Setsuko Iwami was born in Kyoto, Japan and had studied Ikenobo Ikebana for five years in Japan before moving to the Bay Area where she began studying Ikebana with Ohara School and continues her studies with her teacher, Ms. Suiko Maruyama. She currently holds the rank of Associate 2nd Term Master. Setsuko is a board member of the Ohara School of Ikebana, Northern California Chapter and currently serves as Recording Secretary and a member of North America Ohara Teachers Association. She serves on the boards of Ikebana International San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and Ikebana Teachers Federation. She has given demonstrations and exhibited arrangements at various flower shows, including those hosted by the Ohara Ikebana School of Northern California, Ikebana International Bay Area Chapter and San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival.