Alka Bhargava of the Ichiyo school is a formally trained event architect and floral stylist organizing weddings and events since 1982. Her work has taken her from design school in New Delhi to workshops in Europe and conferences in Japan. She has owned an event planning and floral design company for the past fifteen years, and specializes in multicultural events. Her aesthetic pulls from both traditional and contemporary designs, and fuses elements of both the East and West.
Nancy Carlson has been an enthusiastic student of ikebana for nearly 20 years. Michiko Hosoda was her sensei and head of the Chiko School which she joined in 2005. She has enjoyed the weekly classes which provide a rich circle of friends, the opportunity to use flowers from her home garden and a chance to please her husband with fresh arrangements weekly. She has appreciated Chiko School’s encouragement of collaboration with colleagues arranging for Ikebana International Flower Shows, side tables, and demonstrations.
Irene Jenkins became interested in Ikebana when she started going to shows to see what kind of vases were used, as she is a long time pottery maker. In 1997 she started studying with Michiko Hosoda in an adult education class. She moved to the Aratame School when it was formed in the U.S. and has studied with Sumi Metz since then. She joined Ikebana International in 2001 and has served on various committees. In 2017 she was awarded a teacher certificate by headmaster Seigyo Aratame.
Rayko Kurosaki has studied the ancient ikebana art of Enshu for more than 25 years. She views ikebana as an expression of her love of plants and flowers. She holds Enshu’s teaching certificate from her former teacher, Sakae Sakaki, who moved to Idaho and recently passed away. Rayko teaches Enshu classes twice a month at the El Cerrito Community Center. She has demonstrated for Ikebana International and displayed arrangements in several biennial flower shows. She coordinated the demonstration program by Enshu School’s Headmistress in May 2013.