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

Cancelled — Sogetsu Colorado Ikebana Show 2020 March 20-22 at Denver Home Show

The Denver Home Show scheduled for March 20-22, 2020 has been postponed as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The show will now take place in the fall of 2020 at the National Western Complex.

However, the date is not yet set so we do not yet know if we will be able to participate.

Sogetsu Colorado Annual Ikebana Show 2020 March 20-22, at Denver Home Show at National Western Complex


Sogetsu Colorado Workshop – Saturday, February 15, 2020

Workshop – 10 am to 12:00 pm

Clean-up– 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center

6363 West 35th Avenue

Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Theme: “Working with Dogwood Branches”

  • Material (Dogwood) Fee: $6 to purchase. Please RSVP by February 6th to
  • Seiko Yoshikawa will lead the workshop.
  • Please bring your own flowers and green materials (Best that the
    flowers are white or yellow, not purple due to the reddish color of
    the dogwood), and containers (Moribana or Nageire).
  • You may use this session to practice your arrangement for the
    Annual Ikebana Show. $15 (Non-member: $20)
  • The demonstration will start promptly at 10 am. Please be in place and ready to arrange by that time.
  • Please bring the completed Exhibition sign-up sheets for your students to the workshop.
  • People whose last names start with R through Z, please bring light food for the workshop, thank you.
  • A Board meeting will be held immediately following the workshop.

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 “Air” and “Fire” of 5 Elements OR Variation No. 5 Slanting Style Moribana (Lesson 2-12) May 26, 2018


WHEN: Saturday, May 26, 2018  10 a.m. to 12:30pm  Demonstration will start promptly at 10am.    

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

LESSON: Theme: “Air” and “Fire” of 5 Elements
Variation No. 5 Slanting Style Moribana (Lesson 2-12)

*Please bring a container(s) and your own line and flower materials.
*Each participant will choose one of the above three themes.

FEE: Workshop: $15.00
RSVP: Please RSVP to Eileen Kay at or 303-449-0192.

Notes: People whose last names start with A through H,  please bring light food for the workshop, thank you.

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