Yoshiko worked as a registered nurse for 36 years, two of which were served in the US Air Force Nurse Corps. In 2008 she moved to Los Gatos and now lives in Campbell. She is a member of the Ohara Ikebana School Northern California Chapter, Ikebana International (for which she has demonstrated and exhibited), and the Ikebana Teachers Federation. Much of her time is spent gardening. She also practices Tai Chi, and she recently began classes in Hawaiian hula dancing.
Setsuko Iwami, born in Kyoto, first studied Ikenobo Ikebana for five years in Japan before moving to the Bay Area. Once here, she began studying Ohara Ikebana and has studied it for two decades. She holds Ohara’s 3rd term Master degree with the ikebana name Kosetsu. Currently she is a student of Mitsuko Suiko Maruyama
Setsuko is a board member of the Ohara Ikebana School, Northern California Chapter and is currently Workshop Co-Chair. She also is a member of the North American Ohara Teachers Association, Ikebana International, and the Ikebana Teachers Federation. She has demonstrated for I.I. and exhibited at the Cherry Blossom Festival and various flower shows locally. Setsuko also practices the Way of Tea with Omotesenke and is Assistant Administrative Secretary for the Omotesenke Domonkai Northern California Region. She works as a senior technical translator/interpreter at Nikon Research Corporation of America in Belmont.