Sogetsu Ikebana Demonstration by Soho Sakai
Location: NewBridge on the Charles, 5000 Great Meadow Rd, Dedham, MA 02026
Date: September 20, 2011
Soho Sakai, Riji, Sogetsu School of Ikebana from California
Joint program with Sogetsu Massachusetts Branch

A spectacular Ikebana demonstration, co-sponsored by II Boston and the Sogetsu School Massachusetts Branch, was a dynamic beginning for the upcoming year. Mrs. Soho Sakai, who holds the rank of Riji, the highest rank of Sogetsu School of Ikebana, enthralled Boston members with her boundless energy, enthusiasm and creative ideas. Among her many accomplishments, she founded the Soho Study Group in San Francisco in 1997, which has grown to over 230 members and is authorized by Akane Teshigahara, headmistress of the Sogetsu School in Tokyo.

Mrs. Sakai made fourteen arrangements with the following emphasis: line material using bulrush screens, lesson 1-basic upright moribana, vegetables and fruits, nagiere, leaves only and free style. Many of her containers were self-made of bamboo, plastic cylinders, cone baskets, crumpled sheet of lead and shoji paper sculptures. Some of her sage advise was to talk to the flowers, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and although Ikebana is quiet and simple it must have excitement by adding movement into the design. Friendship is the bases of her teacher-student relationship, followed by cooperation, appreciation and mutual understanding of the teachings of Ikebana. She says, “I am very lucky, I love people, flowers, nature and what I am doing.” We were very lucky to have Soho Sakai provide a demonstration for us.

We were also pleased to have the new Japanese Consul General, Mr. Takeshi Hikihara and his wife, Hammi Hikihara, an honorary member of I.I. attend this meeting.