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Instructor an expert in ikebana

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An expert in the Japanese form of flower arranging known as Ikebana will be giving a demonstration and workshop June 13 at the Tanoan Country Club.

An arrangement in the Sogetsu School, or style, of Ikebana. (SOURCE: Amira Matsuda)

The event is organized by the Ikebana International Chapter 41 Albuquerque, part of a worldwide organization started in Tokyo in 1956. The theme is Creative and Funky Ikebana.

Amira Matsuda, the featured instructor, started her ikebana studies in 1995 with the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. She obtained her teaching credential in 1999 and has certified more than 25 Sogetsu diploma graduates.

Matsuda is still working to enhance her knowledge and skills. In 2016, she was promoted to Jonin Somu, one rank from the highest level of Riji, which she hopes to attain. She participates in local and international events, including a Sogetsu Exhibition celebrating the 99th anniversary of the Sogetsu School, held in Tokyo in October 2017.

She owns Bloom Couture in Plano, Texas, and is a past president of Ikebana International in Dallas.

Ikebana has been practiced in Japan for more than 600 years. Beginning with the Buddhist custom of offering flowers to the spirits of the dead, it has evolved over the centuries into many different styles. Each style, or school, has a specific method of putting together the blossoms, grasses, leaves and branches that make up the arrangement.

For information about the event and registration, contact Pat Bristol, patb.1@comcast.net or by phone at 505-821-2667. The deadline to register is June 6.

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