Ikebana, which literally translates to “arrange live flowers,” is one of the three classical Japanese arts. A traditional Japanese artform utilizing flowers, branches and leaves to create a serene space, Sogetsu Ikebana is especially unique for it can be created anytime, anywhere, and by anyone around the world. Flower arrangement art has been in practice from as early as the 7th century and is currently practiced around the world. No experience necessary. All materials will be provided.
If you will like to explore the world of Ikebana, join our weekly class sessions:
Location: Exhibit Hall
Date & Time: Tuesdays | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $25 JFG Members, $30 Non-members (per class)
$100 JFG Members Only (6 classes)
**Please note this schedule is subject to change. Please check our Programs Calendar for the most updated dates and times.
Meet the Instructor: Yumi Rakers
Yumi Rakers, certified instructor of Ikebana in the Sogetsu-ryu school, has been teaching, demonstrating, presenting and studying this art for the past 34 years. As a certified instructor, Ms. Rakers, when she has time to visit Japan, continually takes classes at the Sogetsu branch headquarters to further her training. Past 16 years, she’s been studying under the Sogetsu USA director Mrs. Kika Shibata. Since she moved to San Diego 2003, she has been teaching at Japanese Friendship Garden every Tuesday for past 15 years. Additionally, Ms. Rakers is a participant artist at San Diego Museum of Art “Art Alive”, a member of Ikebana International San Diego Chapter, Sogetsu San Diego Branch, Sogetsu Shoka-kai San Diego, Sogetsu teacher association in Tokyo headquarter. She served as a president and vice president of Ikebana international Akron Chapter, a vice president, program chairman, and flowers show chairman of San Diego Chapter.