Yoshiko Grave (Ohara) was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to California in 1980. She received a teaching Degree from Keisen Flower School in Tokyo in March 1980. After moving she studied with Mrs. Suiyo Fujimoto since 2009 and received the 3rd Term Master Course in 2016. She is a member of Ohara Ikebana School Northern California Chapter and a member of Ikebana International, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. She is also a member of North American Ohara Teachers Association. She has exhibited at Ohara Chapter Flower shows, Ikebana International Flower shows and for other events.
Irene Jenkins (Aratame) is a long time potter and began going to Ikebana shows to see what kind of vases are used. She, and some of her friends, decided to take an adult education class in the art in 1997 and she continued there for several years with Michiko Hosoda, a Wafu teacher. She moved to Aratame when it was formed in the United States and has studied with Sumi Metz ever since. She joined Ikebana International in 2001 and has served on various committees, participated In the Flower Shows and represented the chapter in Bouquet to Arts. In 2017 she was awarded a teachers certificate by headmaster Seigyo Aratame and the flower name Waka.
Julie Nakatani (Ikenobo) was nurtured in the arts from an early age by her talented parents, Susumu and Kinsui Saiki. Born in Tokyo, the family returned to her fathers birthplace in California in the mid 1950’s and eventually settled in San Francisco. While still in grammar school, Julie began studying Ikenobo Ikebana with Mizuki-sensei. She continued to take lessons from her mother. At regular intervals since 1970 she has taken several courses at Ikenobo at Ochamizu Gakuen and Headquarters in Kyoto. She holds the teaching degree Katoku, Senior Professor of Ikebana, 3rd level. Julie teaches ikebana at her home in Cupertino, San Francisco and Marin.
June Okumoto (Sogetsu) resides in Fremont where she began her study of Sogetsu after enrolling in a class with Mrs. Hashimoto in 2001. Since 2006 she has studied with Kika Shibata. She received her teacher’s certificate in 2011 and her current certificate level is Jonin Sanyo.