Workshop Announcement


WHEN:   Saturday, May 20, 2017 / 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

WHERE:  Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center
6363 West 35th Avenue,  Wheat Ridge, Colorado

LESSON: Book 5, Lesson11: Arrangements for Celebration.
Kinko Ohata will present how to use Mizuhiki (Japanese paper strings) to make an arrangement for celebrations.  Sogetsu will supply Mizuhiki   ($6.50 for 100 strings) so please bring a container and your own flower materials. Copies of the relevant pages from Book 5 are in a separate attachment.

FEE:  Workshop: $10.00 / Mizuhiki:   $6.50

RSVP: Please RSVP to Kimiko Kuno at


Sogetsu Colorado 30th Anniversary Event – Mrs. Kika Shibata Demonstration

Mrs.  Kika Shibata, Riji
Guest Sensei
Kika Shibata
Mrs. Shibata’s forte is the innovative use of materials and unique line designs to create arrangements that enhance both living and work environments.
The Westin Westminster
10600 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80020
Phone 1-800-291-9434
2:00-2:45 pm: Ribbon Cutting and Exhibition Viewing
Fountain Greens Foyer
3:00-4:30 pm: Demonstration: Cotton Creek Meeting Room
Demonstration Tickets: $25 each or 5 for $100   Demonstration Order Form
For more information and an order form for demonstration tickets visit our web site or email

Sogetsu Colorado 30th Anniversary

Sogetsu-WEBSogetsu Colorado invites you to join us October 1-3, 2016 as we celebrate our 30th year of practice and study of the art of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging).  This celebration is in honor of our beloved founder, Mrs. Kyoko Kita as well as those who continue to nurture our organization and its array of activities.


Kyoka Kita, Riji founded the Sogetsu Colorado Branch in 1986. Under her skilled, enthusiastic, and loving leadership, the organization prospered and grew. Sogetsu Colorado now has over 100 members, five of whom have achieved the Sogetsu organization’s highest rank of Riji.


Since Kita Sensei’s death in 2010, our members continue to foster the growth and vitality of the organization under the leader ship of our chair, Ruby Maruyama, Riji.  By teaching, organizing exhibitions, performing demonstrations and many other out-reach activities, we strive to promote the appreciation of ikebana and encourage people to learn this enjoyable art form. For more information about our branch and the celebration visit our website at



Kika Shibata

Ms. Shibata’s forte is the innovative use of materials and unique line designs to create arrangements that enhance both living and work environments.


Kika Shibata, Riji

Guest Sensei

Born in Kumamoto, Japan

Began studying Ikebana under the tutelage of her mother, Mrs. Shoka Narimatsu at age four.

1960 Moved to United States

Returned regularly to Japan to study under Ms. Kasumi Teshigahara

1989 Promoted to Sogetsu’s highest teacher rank of Riji
1990 Appointed Deputy Director of the Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch
1996 Appointed Sogetsu Regional Director of North America
Appointed as Sogetsu West Coast Coordinator of North America
2001 Received the prestigious Sogetsu Kaigaisho award given to teachers outside of Japan for outstanding and dedicated work
2013 Served as translator to Akane Teshigahara, Headmaster of Sogetsu School of Flower Arranging during the 9th North American Seminar in Los Angeles, California
Present Reaches about 100 students weekly in her Bay Area and Sacramento classes
Holds regularly scheduled classes in San Diego, Sacramento, and Arizona
Has authored and published three books of Ikebana floral design


Kika Shibata 2You may learn more about Kika Shibata by visiting the San Jose-South Bay Branch web site:




The Westin Westminster

10600 Westminster Blvd.

Westminster, CO 80020 Phone 1-800-291-9434

All package events will be held at the Westin Westminster, a Four-Diamond hotel near Denver and Boulder with stunning Rocky Mountain views. For more information on the hotel visit their website at The Westin Westminster.

The website contains information about airport to hotel transportation, driving instructions, local attractions and shopping, and other relevant local information.

Hotel Reservations

The Westin is offering a special group room rate of $139+taxes. The group discount rate is subject to availability and no longer available after August 30th, 2016.

For on-line hotel registration click on the link,  The Westin Westminster.  Guests may access this link to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from April 11, 2016 to October 7, 2016. Exhibition

There will an ikebana exhibition in the Fountain Greens Foyer and adjacent hall space. Attendees from other branches are encouraged to participate. Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to exhibit and you will be sent detailed information concerning space, wholesale florists, etc. We will arrange for access to local wholesale florist.


Saturday, October 1st


8:00 am-12:00 noon: Exhibition set-up

12 noon-1:45 pm: Registration-Fountain Greens Foyer

2:00-2:45 pm-Ribbon Cutting and Exhibition Viewing-Fountain Greens Foyer

3:00-4:30 pm: Demonstration-Cotton Creek Meeting Room

4:30-5:30 pm: Cash Bar-Fountain Greens Foyer

5:30-7:30 pm: Celebration Dinner-Mountainbrook Meeting Room


Sunday, October 2nd


8:15-8:45 am: Registration-Fountain Greens Foyer

9:00-11:30 am: Workshop 1-Cotton Creek Meeting Room Topic: Exploring color, line and space

11:30 am-12:30 pm: Buffet Lunch-Meadowbrook Meeting Room

12:30-12:45 pm: Registration

1:00-4:00 pm: Workshop 2- Cotton Creek Meeting Room Topic: Midollino (A new approach)

4:00-5:00 pm-Exhibition Takedown

6:30 pm: Offsite Closing Dinner (not included in package) Location: The Club at Rolling Hills 15707 West 26th Street Golden, Colorado, 80401 Round trip transportation from hotel to site will be available: Price TBA


Monday, October 3rd


8:30-8:45 am- Registration-Fountain Greens Foyer

9:00 am-12 noon- Teacher’s Workshop (not included in packages)Must be teacher eligible to participate

Cotton Creek Meeting Room

Topic: Teaching Techniques



Please click here for the registration form Registration Form




Workshop Annoucement

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By Seiko Yoshikawa

Announcement for February 27, 2016 Workshop


Our February workshop will be held at Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center on February 27 and using flax leave with only one flower (If you would like to add a line material such as dog woods and pussy willows, please bring one of the kinds). Mrs. Seiko Yoshikawa will demonstrate how to use Flax.


You may use this session to practice on your arrangement for the Annual Ikebana Show.