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Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch
Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch

Upcoming Event:

Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch proudly invite you to our Textbook 5 Special Training workshops on May 17th and 18th at San Jose Doubletree by Hilton hotel. Please refer to the registration form for more detailed information. 

Recent Highlights of Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch Events:


  • March 11, 2017: Hanami Lunch at Kubota Restaurant in San Jose Japan Town. 
    See Photos page for the photos


  • August 26 2016: Kika Sensei workshop and demo at OFAD annual seminar. See Photos page for the photos
  • July 20 to 24 2016: Kika Sensei Summer Shops
    • July 20: Free style, two or more containers
    • July 21: Creative with Bamboo
    • July 22: No Kenzan arrangement, using both fresh and uncovenntional material
    • July 23: Intertwining plant materials
    • July 24: Ikebana expression exercise
  • June 12 2016: Sogetsu says I DO! Demonstrators:

    June “Kiranka” Okumoto, Martina “Kiryuku” Roethig, Gloria “Yokusei” Lee, Yali “Kirei” Tseng, Katsuko “Biko” Thielke, Kimi “Kika” Shibata

  • January 9 2016: New year lunch and celebration of our beloved branch founder Narimatsu sensei's 90th birthday. Attandants made simpliflied arrangements to start the new year, and Kiwi De Voy showed us how to make her specialty wiring design. 
  • January 23, 24 2016: Sogetsu Annual Flower Show at Milpitas Library
  • March 13 2016: Sogetsu branch general meeting to introduce new board members for 2016, followed by the demostrations of one kind of a material arrangements and workshop. 


  • January 2015: Branch Director Sensei Kika Shibata was voted into the Bunka Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014 for outstanding achievements and contributions to Ikebana. JAANC, also known as Hokka Nichi Bei Kai, is the oldest Japanese American Community organization and it was established in 1895.
  • April 2015: Sketching Techniques for Ikebana Design Workshop
  • July 2015: Water, Leaves, and Branches Workshop



  • February 2014: Kika Shibata’s Angel Wings Midolino Workshop Honolulu, HI
  • February 2014: Kika Shibata and her Sacramento students presented the Sogetsu “Floral Fantasy” Show to celebrate Kika Shibata’s 50 years of teaching, Sacramento, CA
  • May 2014: Midolino Basket making workshop led by Kika Shibata, San Jose, CA
  • October 2014: Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch's 25th Anniversary Event, Featuring Guest Master Instructor Tetsunori Kawana, San Jose, CA
  •  December 2014: Branch Director Sensei Kika Shibata’s 50th Teaching Anniversary Celebration, San Jose, CA



  • January 2013: Annual New Year’s Lunch, San Jose, CA
  • March 2013: SJSBB using Unconventional Materials, San Jose, CA
  • April 2013: SJSBB participated in the 9th North American Sogetsu Seminar, Los Angeles, CA
  • December 2013: Annual “Joy of Ikebana” Flower Show, Milpitas, CA



  • October 2012: SJSBB participated in the Triton Museum of Art’s Fall Floral event to interpret art from Triton’s permanent collection, Santa Clara, CA
  •  November 2012: Annual “Joy of Ikebana” Flower Show, Milpitas, CA
  • March 2012: Demonstration by Kika Shibata at Ikebana International’s “Wonderful World of Ikebana,” Monterey, CA



  •  October 2011: Harmony with Fresh and Unconventional Materials, Featuring: Shinobu Okazaki Workshops co-sponsored by Sogetsu North America, Saratoga, CA and San Jose, CA




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