Rayko Kurasaki (Enshu) considers San Francisco her home town since arriving from Japan back when she was in third grade. She began taking lessons in the Enshu School of ikebana more than 50 years ago with Obata Sensei and later studied with her successor, Sakaki Sensei. In turn she succeeded Sakaki Sensei and was teaching in El Cerrito for several years up until the pandemic. She has created arrangements for our I.I. meetings and has participated in the biennial Ikebana International shows and at the Ikebana Teachers Federation exhibit during the Japan Town Cherry Blossom Festival.
Sahshah Middleton (Sogetsu) was born in Singapore, and began studying Sogetsu ikebana at the age of 7. As a teen, she interned at the Singapore Botanical Gardens and worked in floral shops and hotels. Arriving in the US in 1976, she has worked in many florists in the Bay Area, participates in county fairs, and is active in several garden clubs and plant societies. She has been flower show manager for the San Francisco County Fair, and holds a first grade “Komon” certificate from the Sogetsu School. She belongs to several garden clubs and plant societies. She has also have served as the flower show manager for the San Francisco County Fair and currently serves as the Floral Designer for the Landscape and Garden Show in Sacramento.