Making Headlines-Exciting News: Sensei Kika Shibata, (Riji) the Director of the Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch, is featured in Sogetsu Magazine's Summer 2015 Edition!
SSJSBB’s Director Kika Shibata Takes SIX PAGES of Sogetsu Magazine 2015 Summer No. 325
All Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch (SSJSBB) members - all rise and take a bow. Our very own Director, Kika Shibata was featured in the internationally distributed Sogetsu Magazine 2015 Summer No. 325 edition.
It is not often that six pages in any magazine is dedicated in two languages, with photos, to anyone or any story. BUT SSJSBB was . . . . well via its strong connection to its Director, Kika Shibata. Congratulations!!! Thank you Kika Shibata for sharing your limelight with all of the SSJSBB members. The article that appeared in the 2015 Summer Sogetsu Magazine covers Kika Shibata’s 50 years of teaching Sogetsu ikebana. She tells of her many experiences along the way starting from the very young age of four years old.
The original article’s format was adjusted a little to allow all readers here to be able to read ﬁrst hand what was written. The content of the article is as printed. Please enjoy the article, bask in our limelight as a member of the Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch and know how lucky we all are to have a great Sogetsu Branch with an outstanding Director.
Thank you too, to our Branch Advisor - Narimatsu Shoka Sensei who worked effortlessly for many years to help open the way for Sogetsu ikebana to the Bay Area communities and for establishing our Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch. Our Sogetsu Branch has much history.
Again, congratulations Kika Shibata!!!!!
**Anyone interested who has not yet signed up to be a member of the Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch, please do so. Applications are available online at our SSJSBB website: http://sogetsusjsbb.org/Membership.php
Visit the Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch's Facebook page to view photos from the July 11th, 2015 "Water, Leaves, and Branches" workshop: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sogetsu-San-Jose-South-Bay-Branch/849565748388401?fref=ts
In 1990, Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch was founded under the guidance of Mrs. Shoka Narimatsu. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2015. The branch has over 100 members and is very active. We hold annual flower shows every fall and have many classes, workshops, exhibits and support communities.
Riji, Sogetu San Jose-South Bay Branch Director,
Sogetsu West Coast Regional Coordinator of North America,
Kika was introduced to the art of flower arrangement at the early age of four in Kumamoto Japan. Her mother and teacher Mrs. Shoka Narimatsu was her inspiration. After moving to the United States, she continued to study under Narimatsu sensei and worked as her assistant. She also traveled regularly to Japan to study under Ms. Kasumi Teshigahara. This led to her receiving a teacher’s certificate from the Sogetsu School in 1966. In March 1989, she was awarded the prestigious title of “Riji”, the highest degree offered by the Sogetsu School.
In 1990, the late headmaster Hiroshi Teshigahara assigned her as the Deputy Director of the Sogetsu San Jose South Bay Branch. In 1996, in recognition of her exemplary contributions, she was appointed Sogetsu Regional Director of North America. In 1997 she was also appointed President of the Ikebana Teacher Fed. In 2005, she was appointed as the Director of the Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch. In 2001, she had the honor of receiving “the International Award” from head master Hiroshi Teshigahara, recognizing her as the most active Sogetsu instructor on the international scene.
In 2007, she had the honor of receiving 80th Sogetsu School anniversary Foreign Award from Headmaster Akane Teshigahara. In 2004, she received Award from Kevin Shelley, Secretary of State of California.Kika’s forte is her unique line design that enhances both living and work environments. Among her many clients are banks, restaurants, hotel, art galleries, and private events. She is frequently invited by various organizations, school, and professional floral associations to conduct demonstrations and workshops.