Upcoming Event


Sogetsu Colorado will host
Tetsunori Kawana
Master Teacher from Sogetsu Headquarters for a two-day workshop on
September 22-23, 2018

Saturday, September 22nd

  • AM workshop: Book 5 – Lesson 2 “Tate-no-Soegi-dome”–Vertical Fixer
  • Box lunch
  • PM workshop: Book 5 – Lesson 8 ” In Suiban without Kenzan”
  • Celebration Dinner

Sunday, September 23rd

  • AM workshop: Book 5 – Lesson 13 “Glass Containers”
  • Box lunch
  • PM workshop: Book 5 – Lesson 24 ” Using Various Locations”
  • Farewell Dinner (Location to be determined)

The Roxborough Park Foundation Community Center
6237 Roxborough Drive
Roxborough (Littleton), CO, 80125

Registration for the workshops will be $50 each or all four for $175. Meals will be optional. Registration Packages will be available in early July. Registration Deadline will be Tuesday, September 4th.

For those of you not familiar with Mr. Kawana or his work, <> is a link to a YouTube video of his bamboo installation in Australia entitled ‘Five Elements: water”.  Mr. Kawana also did a bamboo installation in the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2012 <>.

For additional information contact: Martha Polson <>

Use the Littleton address for GPS searches.  Although the official postal address is Roxborough, many GPS systems list the address as Littleton and do not recognize the Roxborough address.



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.

  • Visiting Teacher Workshop: September 22 &23, 2018
    Roxborough Park Community Center
    6237 Roxborough Drive, Roxborough, CO 80125
  • Workshop: November 3, 2018
    * Please note the date has been changed.

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 <;




A taste of spring is heading our way!!  Please join us for our annual flower show at Denver Home Show.

Friday, March 23 ~ Sunday March 25, 2018 at National Western Complex


Date                      Show Hours         Sogetsu Events
FRIDAY                10am to 7pm          12pm – Ikebana Demonstration
March 23rd                                          2pm – Ikebana Demonstration
                                                                4pm – Ikebana Demonstration                  

SATURDAY           10am to 9pm          12pm – Ikebana Demonstration
March 24th                                            1:30pm  -Hands-on Workshop 1
                                                                 2:30pm  -Hands-on Workshop 2
                                                                 4:30pm  – Ikebana Demonstration

SUNDAY               10am to 5pm           12pm – Ikebana Demonstration
March 25th                                            1:30pm  – Denver Taiko
                                                                 2:30pm  – Denver Taiko
                                                                 3:30pm  – Ikebana Demonstration




Please RSVP to Eileen Kay or 303-449-0192

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