On September 20, we open our new season with demonstrations by advisors from five of the schools represented in our chapter. These Teacher Advisors are not only highly accomplished artists but they form an indispensable resource of knowledge, experience and skill, assuring the continued success and stability of the Chapter. We are extremely grateful for their constant and generous support. The Teacher Advisors who will present the September program are:
Kayoko Suiyo Fujimoto, Ohara School Fusako Seiga Hoyrup, Wafu School Nobu Kurashige, Ikenobo Ikebana Sumi Metz, Aratame School,
Yusui Joan Suzuki, Sogetsu School
Kayoko Suiyo Fujimoto is a Grandmaster of the Ohara School. She has led a large and devoted group of Ohara teachers and students for six decades. Included in a long history of accomplishments and honors are the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden and Silver Rays, from the government of Japan. In 2008 she was inducted into the Bunka Hall of Fame in recognition of her lifelong contributions to Ikebana and Japanese cultural arts.
Fusako Seiga Hoyrup is President of the Wafu School of Ikebana, California Chapter. She holds Wafukai’s highest teaching degree of Shukan. She studied in Japan with the late Headmaster Wafu Teshigahara. She has staged and managed many large Wafu flower shows and has earned community awards for her work. She was named the Distinguished Artist of the Year in 1995 and Asian American Hero in 2004. In 2019 she was awarded Order of the Rising Sun, golden and Silver Rays.
Nobu Kurashige is Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana. She has traveled widely demonstrating and exhibiting Ikebana in more than 50 countries, often at the request of the Japanese government. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Culture from Yamaguchi Prefectural University and has taught at the Ikenobo Junior College in Kyoto and lectured at Doshisha University.
She served as the Society’s head professor and managing director until January 2017, when she formed Nobu Studio.
Sumi Metz is President of Aratame USA. She has studied and taught Ikebana for more than 40 years and during those three decades she has been an active member of this chapter, demonstrating, exhibiting, and serving in various positions on the board of directors. She has presented programs throughout California, Toronto, Canada, Paris and Japan. She Is currently preparing a workbook of study materials for students of Aratame.
Yusui Joan Suzuki holds Sogetsu School’s highest rank of Riji and is Director Emeritus of Sogetsu San Francisco Branch. She is a charter member of this chapter and the Ikebana Teachers Federation. She has been an active participant in Sogetsu’s biennial flower shows. In 2013 she received the Bunka Hall of Fame Award from the Japan America Association. She received the Sogetsu Overseas Honor Award at Sogetsu’s 90th Anniversary Ceremony. This year she was recipient of the foreign Ministers Commendations for her contribution to the strengthening of relations between the United States and Japan.
This extraordinary program brings us together after the summer recess to enjoy the beauty of Ikebana and reunite with our friends following the program.