Virtual Ikebana Workshop

Missing Ikebana?

Save the Date!

Since we have been unable to have our regular workshops due to the pandemic, Sogetsu Colorado will be presenting a virtual ikebana workshop via zoom that will be free to all Sogetsu Colorado members on our scheduled workshop date of SaturdaySeptember 19, 2020 from 1 p.m to 2:30 p.m. Participants will complete their arrangement and submit a photograph before the start of the workshop. There will be a live demonstration followed by discussions of the individual arrangements. We hope as many of you as possible will participate, but observers will be allowed. More information will be available by early September.

Martha Polson, Director

Sogetsu Colorado Branch

Sogetsu Colorado Workshop September 20-22, 2019


Sogetsu Colorado Branch invites you to join us for a special two-day workshop featuring  lessons from the new Book 5.  Kika Shibata, Riji will be the guest sensei.

Kika Shibata

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
 2017 Received “Sogetsu Overseas Honor Award” for the special Sogetsu 90th anniversary celebration.





Reaches about 100 students weekly in her Bay Area and Sacramento classes

Holds regularly scheduled classes in San Diego, Sacramento, Arizona, and Las Vegas
Has authored and published three books of Ikebana floral design


Kika Shibata araangement


 Friday, September 20th

  • Welcome dinner: 6: 30 p.m.
    Location: The Club at Rolling Hills
    15707 West 26th Ave, Golden, CO 80401

Saturday, September 21st

  • AM Workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Book 5 – Lesson 7 “Composition Using Unconventional Materials” Limit: 36
  • Lunch: 12:30 -1:30 p.m.
  • PM Workshop: 1: 30 to 4:30 p.m.

Book 5 – Lesson 26-29 ” Using Decorative Wire for Securing Branches” Limit: 36
Location: Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center
6363 W. 35th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO

  • Post Workshop Dinner: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Namiko’s Japanese Restaurant

7310 W 52nd Ave., Arvada, CO


Sunday, September 22nd

  • AM Workshop: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Book 5-Lesson 26-29 “Teaching Skills”

Location: Home of Michiko Yamamoto



Meals are not included in the workshop prices. Optional meals are offered for purchase and must be pre-ordered by Sept. 2ndPlease fill in and return the meal choice form if you order a meal.


Friday, September 20th

  • Welcome Dinner 6:30 p.m.

This will be a 3-course plated dinner with four entrée options:


  • Vegetarian
    Grilled Vegetable Napoleon; Marinated and Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, Eggplant, Zuccini, Yellow squash, Red Pepper, Tomato, Mozzarella, Balsamic Reduction, Basil Pesto, Red Pepper Coulis


  • Beef
    Roasted Tournedos of Beef: Two Hand Cut, Pan Seared Medallions of Beef Tenderloin, Bernaise, Bordelaise Sauce


  • Chicken
    Chicken Saltimbocca: Sautéed Chicken Breast, Fresh Sage, Prosciutto, Provolone Cheese, Sauce Supreme


  • Fish
    Poached Filet of Salmon served with Light Dill Sauce

Dinner includes an entrée, Regular or Decaf Coffee, La Brea Rolls with Butter, House Salad, Oven Roasted Red Baby Potatoes, a Fresh Vegetable Medley, and Dessert. Tickets for beer and wine are available for sale.

Meal Price: $45,  Wine/Beer Ticket Price $7



Saturday, September 21st


  • Lunch 12:30 p.m.


You may supply your own lunch or pre-order a Deli or Bento Box Lunch. Bento Boxes ($25) will be catered by Namiko’s Japanese Restaurant and the Deli Boxes ($15) will be supplied by Jason’s Deli. Drinks for all attendees are included in the registration fee.

  • Dinner 5:30 p.m.

A post workshop dinner will be held at Namiko’s Japanese Restaurant. Meals will be ordered from the menu and there will be separate checks. We do need to make reservations so please indicate on the Registration form if you plan to attend.



Qualifications for Registration


  • You must be a member of a Sogetsu Ikebana Branch or Study Group to register for the workshops. Contact Kimiko Kuno at for a Sogetsu Colorado Branch membership form if you wish to join the Colorado Branch. Please write “New Membership” in the subject line.
  • The minimum study level recommended for the General Workshops on Saturday is completion of Book 2. Consult your sensei if you have any questions about your qualifications for these workshops.
  • The Sunday AM workshop is open only to STA members who are current in their STA dues and paid the teaching level dues.




The final Registration Deadline is Monday, September 2nd. The discount early registration deadline for both Saturday workshops is Friday, August 16th. Registration is on a first come-first serve basis.



  • Workshop Fees


  • Full refund minus $10 processing fee until registration deadline
  • Full refund minus $10 processing fee after deadline if spot can be filled
  • 50% fee refund from registration deadline up until 2 weeks prior to workshop
  • With approval of the board, the 50% refund may be extended into the final week before the workshop in case of an emergency (illness, death in family, etc.)
  • No refunds for cancellations on the day of the event.
  • 10% late fee for registrations or payments accepted after deadline.


  • Meal Charges


  • Full Refund until meal orders are placed. No refund after that.


  • If a purchased meal is sold to another participant, the person buying the meal needs to directly reimburse the person who is selling the meal.





2019 Annual Sogetsu Colorado Ikebana Show

See Photo Gallery of the show

Show article from Denver Post

THEME for the 2019 Sogetsu Colorado Annual Show March 22-24, 2019

In the past we have not really had a theme for our annual March Show.  This year the Sogetsu Colorado board, in consultation with the teaching teachers, has voted to have a theme as an experiment for 2019. After the show, we will decide whether or not to continue the practice. An ideal theme is broad enough to give the arrangers a great deal of flexibility, but not so vague that the viewer has no idea how a given arrangement relates to said theme.

The theme for the 2019 show will be the Five Elements of Japanese Philosophy or “Godai”. The five elements are, in ascending order of power; Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Void (Space)[1].

Earth: Chi or tsuchi () represents the hard, solid objects of the world. The basic example of chi is a stone. Wood and metal are also examples.

Water: Sui or mizu ( ) represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Rivers, lakes and other bodies of water are primary examples.

Fire: Ka or hi ( ) represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Besides the obvious examples of heat and flame, lightening can also be thought of as an extension of Ka.

Air:  Fu or kaze () represents the things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Examples are wind, smoke, and fog.

Space or Void: Ku or sora ( ) most often translates as “void” or “space” but can also mean “sky’ or “heaven”. It represents things beyond our everyday experience.

We will devote two of our 2018 workshops–May 26th and November 2nd– to arrangements that express these themes. The idea is to use the three Sogetsu elements –line, color, and mass – combined with the four principles –freshness, movement, balance, and harmony – to create arrangements that convey the meaning of one of the five elements; Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space.

The elements vary in the level of abstractness needed to convey their meaning. Obviously, earth and water, can be represented in an arrangement that combines concrete examples of the concept with plant materials. Two of the Sogetsu textbook lessons are relevant to the element “water” –Book 4, Lesson 12: “Focusing on the uses of Water” and Book 5, Lesson 13: “Glass Containers”. More novice arrangers may find those two elements better suited to their skill level. More advanced arrangers may also find that these elements spark a creative idea that they wish to pursue such as an abstract representation of “water” using plant and/or unconventional materials. Fire, wind, and Space may need a more abstract representation as you obviously can’t incorporate examples of these elements directly into your arrangement.

Air and Fire will be the topics of the next Sogetsu Colorado workshop on May 26th. An announcement of the workshop will be sent out within the next week or so.

The definitions below are condensed from the Wikipedia definitions of the Five Elements <;


2019 Sogetsu Colorado Annual Meeting/Luncheon

When: Saturday, January 12, 2019

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (SALES WILL START AT 11AM)

Please come early if you can help with setup.

10:00-10:30 Set up committee / Luncheon Layout

10:30-11:00 Sale set up

11:00-12:00 Ikebana Related Items sale (NO SALES BEFORE 11:00 AM)

11:30-12:30 Luncheon

12:30 -1:30 Business Meeting, Sign-ups, etc.

1:30 – 2:00 Clean up

Where: Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center

6363 West 35th Avenue

Wheat Ridge, Colorado


1. Annual General Membership Meeting

  • Review of officers, Bd members and Treasurer’s report.
  • Election of New Officers and Board of Directors
  • Discussion of Annual Flower Show – March 22-24, 2019
  • Sign- up sheets for VIP Tickets, hosting, exhibition and demonstration will be made available. Please volunteer and sign up early.

2. Potluck Dinner

S through Z – Dessert

A through J- Main dish

K through R – Salad/ Side dish

3. Ikebana Related Item Sale (more details to follow)

RSVP: Please email or call Eileen Kay at or 303-449-0192 by January 9, 2019

*A Board meeting will be held immediately following the meeting.


Please renew on time so you can be included in THE 2019 DIRECTORY.

Workshop: February 16, 2019

Annual Flower Show: March 22-24, 2019

Workshop Announcement 11-18-17




WHEN:                Saturday, November 18, 2017     10 a.m. to 12 noon.

WHERE:              Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center

6363 West 35th Avenue,  Wheat Ridge, Colorado

LESSON:             Textbook 5, Lesson10:  “Tsubo” Vases.

“Tsubo” is generally known as a vase which has a narrow opening and wider, round body.  In this lesson, however, it is more specifically defined as a vase whose “rim diameter is wider than the size of one’s fist and the body diameter is 1.5 times or more wither than its rim.”   Mrs. Seiko Yoshikawa will demonstrate how to make a free-style arrangement in a Tsubo vase.


Please bring a “Tsubo” vase and your own line and flower materials.

If you need line materials, we will provide ‘Curly Willow’ so please order by November 10th.


FEE:                     Workshop: $10.00


RSVP:                  Please RSVP to Kimiko Kuno at by November 16th


Notes:         People whose last names start with M through R,

please bring light food for the workshop, thank you.

*A Board meeting will be held immediately following the workshop.




*  Annual Meeting and Luncheon: Saturday, January 13, 2018


Workshop Announcement 9-23-17

Sogetsu Colorado Branch Workshop

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Guest Sensei: Diane Elliott, Riji


Sogetsu Colorado Branch invites you to join us for a special daylong workshop led by guest sensei, Diane Elliott, of the Sogetsu Seattle Branch.  The theme will be “Composing with Branches-A two-step Approach.”








Diane Elliot loves studying and teaching ikebana because it allows her to combine two passions, art and gardening


Diane Elliott began studying ikebana in 1991, and has attained the Riji degree, the highest degree awarded by the Sogetsu School. She has taught ikebana classes and workshops at various venues but primarily in her home studio and at a local community center. She has created ikebana arrangements for display at events and venues such as exhibitions (Sogetsu and Ikebana International), art galleries and museums (including the “Gardens of Art” outdoor sculpture display for the Seattle Asian Art Museum), for the Consul General of Japan’s residence (Seattle), and for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. She has presented demonstrations for Sogetsu and I.I. groups, garden clubs, pottery shows, cherry blossom festivals, and the NW Flower and Garden Show (the 2nd largest such show in North America). Diane was presented with a Sogetsu 90th Anniversary Commemorative Overseas Akane Teshigahara Award in April 2017. She loves studying and teaching ikebana because it allows her to combine two passions, art and gardening. She is the current director of the Seattle Branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.


Curly willow, painted wisteria vine, and dahlias



Workshop Location

Community Room

Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center

6363 W. 35th Ave.

Wheat Ridge, Colorado



Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
9:00-9:15 Check In, Set up
9:15-9:45 Demonstration
9:45-12:00 Construction of Wood Arrangement
12:15-1:15 Box Lunch (must preorder)
1:30-2:30 Critique of wood arrangement
2:30-3:15 Decoration with fresh materials
3:15-4:00 Critique of Decoration
4:00-5:00 Workshop closing, clean up
5:30 Farewell Dinner (must preorder)



Theme: Composing with Branches—a two-step approach


Theme description from Book 5-Lesson 14

“First, create a free-standing composition using cut branches. To make them stand on their own, intersect at least three pieces at one point. As this is the simplest way, try to create a more original composition. Fixing skills are indispensable here. Wires, nails, and screws can help with this.

The branches can be of any thickness for this composition. It is important not to turn out dull, but to create dynamic of rhythm, density and intensity in it. Shaving or carving them would be ways of creating a new look.

Variety of form can be created such as spreading out on the floor, strong upward movements, gentle curves, or humorous shapes. Your idea can relate to a specific placement. In this way, create a composition of braches. The teacher comments on it.
Next, choose plant materials and a container by thinking how to make the tie in with the finished composition, then make an arrangement combined with it. As long as the composition keeps its original shape, it can be turned to any different angle at this stage. Try to find its best-matching position with the style of the arrangement.

Find new discoveries and effects by trying out how to make use of the once completed composition.”


Farewell buffet dinner

Namiko’s Japanese Restaurant

7310 W 52nd Ave, Arvada, CO 80002


Additional Information

For additional information contact: Martha Polson