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17th North American Regional Conference

Carol Brecker and Fran Milford attended the 17th North American Regional Conference of Ikebana International in Asheville, North Carolina.
The photos are from the reception at the local Art Museum, the Exhibit, Large Outdoor Workshops, Demonstration Workshops and our small workshops. Workshop participants were given generous amounts of materials which included dogwood and Japanese maple.
Asheville Chapter 74 hosted the Conference May 18-22 with grand southern hospitality. Spring was in full bloom throughout this very walkable town. Three demonstrations were conducted by Ichiyo Headmaster Akihiro Kasuya assisted by his son, Headmaster-designate Naohiro Kasuya. Sogetsu Riji Jennie Sterling, Ikenobo Professor 1st Grade Emiko Suzuki. Sterling Sensei combined some of her South African containers with materials she ordered from the Big Island. Japan-born Suzuki Sensei delighted the audience with her true southern accent and accompanied her demonstration with the music of Nora Jones and country Bluegrass. Sensei Akihiro and Naohiro worked in concert to create a massive display using bamboo, dogwood, tropicals, and many local materials. As a finale, Akihiro Sensei used his bamboo saw to create a gravity defying sculpture from one piece of bamboo.


Carol Brecker’s design for the Exhibit.
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March 7th Demo & Lunch

Friday, March 7, 2014
Demonstration by Visiting Ikenobo Professor from Japan.  We are pleased to announce that Ikenobo Visiting Professor, Mr. Yoichi Mizutani, will be presenting a demonstration for us.   As always, it will be a privilege and a joy to watch this talented Sensei from Japan, creating works of art.   Professor Mizutani began his study of Ikenobo ikebana in 2004, and in 2011 he graduated from the Advanced Course at the Ikenobo Central Training Institute, Ikenobo Headquarters, Kyoto. He has since completed the Special Advanced Courses in Shoka at the Ikenobo Central Training Institute. In 2011, the professor presented a “Reishiki- ike” ceremony and ikebana demonstration during the Ikenobo event in the Taipei International Flora Exposition, Taiwan. The same year, he visited China as a member of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths Programme. As a staff member, he participated in the Special Demonstration held at the Tokyo Forum in 2012 celebrating the Ikenobo Ikebana 550th year of recorded history.

Professor Yoichi Mizutani lives in Shimotsuma City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, and teaches ikebana at his own classroom. In addition to his teaching and study of Ikenobo, Professor Mizutani enjoys music and playing classical guitar.

Ron Brown Sogetsu Demo & Workshop 2013

Our October meeting was both a demonstration and luncheon followed by a hands-on workshop. Ron Brown, who holds the rank of Jonin Somu in the Sogetsu School, will be coming from Sonoma County, CA to present our first program of the year. He will do a demonstration of Sogetsu designs starting at 9:30 am, including one or two complete arrangements for our raffle.After lunch Ron Sensei will be giving a workshop from about 1:30pm to 3:30pm, using unconventional materials. Ron Sensei is a wonderful teacher and lots of fun to work with. It was a wonderful treat to have him with us.

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