We open our new season with a program representing the Timeless Artistry of Ikenobo. This program brings us together after the summer recess to enjoy the beauty of Ikebana and reunite with our friends following the program.
Mieko Taketa is a Senior Professor of Ikenobo and holds the highest certificate rank (Sokatoku). She began her study of Ikenobo in 1969. She has exhibited extensively across the bay area including the Oakland museum, East Bay Garden Center, East Bay Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Ikenobo Ikebana Society Northern California Chapter, Ikebana Teachers Federation, San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival and Ikebana International. She currently teaches in El Cerrito and Reno.
Sandra Hatcher is a Senior Professor of Ikenobo (Katoku). Sandra began her study of Ikenobo in 1994 and has participated in the Ikenobo Study Tour in Kyoto, Japan seven times. She was the first recipient of the Ikenobo Ikebana Northern California Scholarship, established in 2008 for independent advanced study at Ikenobo headquarters in Kyoto. Currently she serves as 2nd Vice President of the Ikenobo Ikebana Northern California Chapter, and Corresponding Secretary for Ikebana International San Francisco. Sandra studies with Mieko Taketa and teaches in Sacramento and Reno.
Joseph Lam began ikebana lessons in 1989 and has been actively studying since 2000. In 2011 he participated in the Ikenobo Tanabata competition and exhibition in Kyoto, Japan for the first time and won the Nozomi Sho. In 2012 he started attending the Ikenobo Chuo Kenshu Gakuin at the Ikenobo Central Training Institute in Kyoto and graduated in 2017. He was awarded Tachibana Sho, the highest honor of the class in both 2013 and 2016. He continues to attend the Sogo Tokubetsuka research center at the Kyoto headquarters five times a year to study advanced rikka. He is a Senior Professor of Ikenobo (Junkatoku) and studies with Professor Kurashige. He teaches in San Francisco.