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Aug. 29 - Sept. 2, 2011

The 10th annual NAOTA Conference held in Victoria B.C. was a resounding success. Lorian Roberts and the Study Group offered a wonderful conference for 50 NAOTA participants. We had remarkable and unusual flower materials. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Akihiro Nishi, all participants had strong challenges. Afer the workshops, Assist Professor Nish gave an exceptional demonstration.

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Landscape arrangement created by Prof. Nishi


May 18 - 22, 2009

Nishi, Assistant Professor, of the Ohara School, conducted a three day workshop and gave the demonstration at the 8th NAOTA conference.

The conference was held in the South Carolina Botanical Gardens, which are located at the perimeter of attractive Clemson University.


September 22 - 26, 2008

The Ottawa/Carlton chapter hosted the 7th NAOTA conference. We were honored that Headmistress Wakako Ohara was attending. Koji Kanamori, a professor, and Hiroyuki Kawakami, an assistant professor, led a three day workshop.

To view a slide show of pictures from the Ottawa conference, please click on
the pictures below.

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Class_radial demo_monstera
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class_landscape demo_color-scheme
demo_twoglasses demo_rimpa4

Chapter Events:

Spring 2010

Los Angeles Chapter had two exhibitins in Spring 2010. Both exhibitions were held at the George J. Doaizaki Gallery, Japanese American Cultureal and Community Center (JACCC).

On March 13 - 14, bi-annual exhibition in collaboration with contemporary ceramicist Masuo Ojima.

On April 24 - May 9, 2010 exhibition in collaboration with internationally recognized contemporary bamboo master and artist Kenichi Nagakura. The exhibition will also have arrangements by members of the Los Angeles Chapter of Ikenobo.

We were fortunate to have Headmaster Hiroki Ohara present at Chicago Conference, October 2011. He created large welcoming and farewell arrangements for th conference, and presented each participant with a Certificate of Attendance.
5th Head Master,Hiroki Ohara

Clemson city guide :

Click the pictures below about Clemson
where the 8th NAOTA conference was
held from May 18 through May 22, 2009.
You'll see useful tourist information.

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2009 Conference in Clemson

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2008 Conference in Ottawa, Canada

sandiego_palm San Diego City Guide 2007 Conference in San Diego

taisho_chic 2006 Conference in San Francisco ( image from BAM)

October 25 - 29, 2010

The 9th NAOTA conference was held in Chicago. The conference Chair was Grandmaster Kazuko Ernst and the Assistant Chair was E-Ling Lou. Chief Executive Officer Wakako Ohara, Headmaster Hiroki Ohara, and Ms. Toshiko Tatsumi came from Japan to attend. Professor Kuniaki Seki led a three day workshop, with Assistant Professor Akihiro Nishi assisting.

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Prof. Seki and Assist Prof. Nishi


June 23 - 25, 2010

Ingrid Luders, 1st NAOTA president held a Teachers' Education Seminar at her studio in Hunting Valley, Ohio. This was something that Ingrid, a Grand Master in the Ohara School and a teacher of ikebana for nearly 40 years had long thought about. She always encourages her students who have attained a high master's degree to share their experience with others by preparing them to teach.
She also plans to offer another seminar in the future.


September 4 - 9, 2008

Prof. Kazuhiko Kudo's one-man exhibition was held
at the Ohara Center of Tokyo, Ist Floor, 2nd Floor and B2 (ESPACE Hall). This is to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the deathhis elderly brother, Masanobu Kudo.

November 1 - 4, 2006

Master Seminar

Master's Seminar was held
at the Ohara Center in Tokyo. Participants included
Profs. Namba, Kudo, Kanamori, Izutani, Ito and Nishi. Prof. Izutani gave a splendid demonstration on the last day of the seminar; shown above is his Rimpa arrangement.

Past Conferences

2002 - Hawaii

2003 - Pasadena

2004 - Cleveland

2005 - Philadelphia

2006 - San Francisco

2007 - San Diego

2008 - Ottawa, Canada

2009 - Clemson

2010 - Chicago

2011 - Victoria, Canada








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