Since 1996 I have had the great good fortune to be taught by Sensei Yoshiro Umemura and have also learned from workshops and classes with some of the great masters of this wonderful Japanese art form.
In 2014, I received my Riji degree (the highest grade of Sogetsu studies) and I also received a Foreign Minister’s Commendations Award from the Foreign Minister of Japan. Recently in 2017, I received the Sogetsu 90th Anniversary Commemorative Overseas Akane Teshigahara Award.
My passion for Ikebana has also led me to teach this art form, to directly share with others my love of Ikebana, and hopefully encourage people to express themselves in this unique way and also bring a piece of natural beauty into their daily life. www.ikebanawithping.com