April 15, 2022 – Celebrating Spring
Susan Okada’s experiences with ikebana began in Hawaii where she was born. Upon moving to California’s San Francisco Bay area, she enrolled in beginning Wafu ikebana classes offered through the Fremont Union High School District with Michiko Hosoda. Susan has been studying Wafu Ikebana with her sensei, Fusako Seiga Hoyrup, for the past 26 years. She received her flower name, Nansei, in 2001 and currently holds the Somu degree. Susan is a member of Wafu Ikebana Society of California, Ikebana International, and Ikebana Teachers Federation and has participated in numerous flower shows and ikebana demonstrations associated with these groups. In addition to ikebana, Susan enjoys spending her time birding with her husband and quilting.
Yasuko Naiki is a member of the Ohara School, Her current rank is 3rd term Master. Started began her study of Ohara Ikebana in high school as an after school activity in Japan. She continued her ikebana study with Fujimoto sensei in 2011 in the Bay Area. She is a member of the Ohara School Northern California Chapter, Ikebana International and Ikebana Teachers Federation. She is actively involved in Ikebana and has demonstrated and participated arranging for Ikebana International, Ohara Ikebana School Northern California Chapter, Ikebana Teachers Federation and the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco.