Sogetsu San Jose - South Bay Branch welcomes you!
The Latest Updates:
We proudly invite you to the Textbook 5 Special Training workshops on May 17 and May 18 at San Jose DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. It will instructed by Mr. Tetsunori Kawana, Master Instructor of Sogetsu School, accompanied by Ms. Kiri Teshigahara, Executive Director of North America. This exciting event is the only one offered in the west coast region, and it’s open to all Sogetsu learners! Please download the registration form for the detailed information and registration deadline.
The 2017 membership renewal for Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch is due. Please print out the form and mail it as soon as possible. Thank you.
Kika Sensei received "Sogetsu Overseas Honor Award", in Japanese "草月海外栄誉賞" for the special Sogetsu 90th anniversay celebration!
For Kika Sensei's demos and workshop photos at OFAD (The organization of Floral Art Designers) 2016 annual seminar, please go to Photos page.
“Sogetsu can be arranged anywhere in the house. You can use materials other than flowers. You can express yourself in any way that you like.” In 1990, the San Jose-South Bay Branch was founded under the guidance of Narimatsu Shoka Sensei. Kika Shibata Sensei became the branch director in 2003. We have 110 members , and we are a multi-ethnic group with members from Japan, Taiwan, China, Vietnam and North America. Branch activites include demonstrations, workshops and annual branch exhibition. Biennially, we invite the master instructors of the Sogetsu Headquarters for a demonstration and workshop. It’s a major event that gathers Sogetsu artists from all over North America.
Profile of Kia Shibata Sensei
Kika Shibata Sensei received a teacher’s certificate in 1966. In March 1989, she was awarded the prestigious title of “Riji”, the highest degree offered by the Sogetsu School. In 1990, she was assigned as the Deputy Director of the Sogetsu San Jose South Bay Branch. In 1996, she was appointed Sogetsu Regional Director of North America. In 1997 she was President of the Ikebana Teacher Federation. In 2001, she received “the International Award”, recognizing her as the most active Sogetsu instructor on the international scene. In 2003, she was appointed as the Director of the Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch. In 2004, she received Award from Kevin Shelley, Secretary of State of California. In 2007, she had the honor of receiving 80th Sogetsu School anniversary Foreign Award from Headmaster Akane Teshigahara. In 2014, she celebrated her over fifty years teaching as a Sogetsu teacher.
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, museums and professional floral associations to conduct demonstrations and workshops.
The following are the arrangements done by Kika Sensei. For more, please viist our Photos page.