Ikebana Classes 

The third Tuesday of the month @ JASWDC Office

Spring 2019 dates:
Tuesday, April 30th*
  Tuesday, May 21st
Tuesday, June 18th
6:00 p.m.~7:30 p.m. 

*April’s class is being moved back to accomodate preparations for Japan Bowl/Sakura Matsuri

JASWDC Members: $60
Non-Members: $65
 Textbooks: $40        

Please RSVP by the Friday before the class by 17:30.

We will consider cancellations, refunds, and class credits on a case-by-case basis, as materials for the class must be bought in advance. However, cancellations made after the deadline will, at minimum, be charged a $15 fee to cover the cost of the flowers purchased for your spot in the class.

Space is limited. Please register here.

Ikebana, or Kado, is the Japanese art of flower arranging. It is considered one of the three classical arts of refinement, but there are also many modern interpretations of the art form. JASWDC is pleased to begin offering courses from January 2019 on the third Tuesday of the month. Ikebana classes are offered in both English and Japanese.

The textbooks for the course are bilingual books from the Sogetsu school. Students can also obtain a certification in Ikebana from the Sogetsu school through completing the courses.

Students will need to bring their own suiban (shallow vase), kenzan (or “spiky frog,” to hold flowers in place), and garden scissors to class. All flowers necessary for the lesson are included in the course fee.


Please feel free to contact JASWDC with any questions regarding the course or necessary supplies.


Instructor: Sachiko Ogata

Ms. Ogata is a certified Sogetsu-style instructor with 35 years of teaching experience and more than 50 years of training in Japan. She served as Regional Director for the Sogetsu Ikebana League from 2010 to 2014. She currently lives in Columbia, MD.

At Ms. Ogata’s request, net proceeds for the class will be donated to “Let Me Shine Guatemala,” a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization registered in the U.S. working with indigenous and street children in Antigua and Santa Catarina, Guatemala to provide a safe environment for play and learning. For more information, please visit their website here: http://www.lmsguate.org/