Akane Teshigahara, iemoto of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, presents her first “Iemoto Ikebana Live” performance in the U.S. on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at the Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo.

“Iemoto Ikebana Live” in Nagoya in October 2009.

“Iemoto Ikebana Live” is sold out, but a limited number of tickets may be available at the will call window before the event. Those who paid using PayPal will pick up their tickets on the day of the event at will call.

This spectacular theatrical presentation of flower arranging is part of the 9th North American Sogetsu Seminar, which is being hosted by the Los Angeles Branch through Tuesday, April 30. Held every four years, the seminar is attended by people from all over the world.

Sogetsu is one of several ikebana schools founded in Japan, but now followed by practitioners worldwide. It was founded by the late Headmaster Sofu Teshigahara in 1927. He developed a school that was deeply rooted in Japanese tradition, yet embranced the evolving requirements of the modern age.

Akane Teshigahara, the current headmaster, is the fourth generation in a succession of family members to lead the school. She is known for her beautiful, bold and delicate works.

Sogetsu headquarters in Japan officially established the Los Angeles Branch as part of its North American Overseas Division in the spring of 1985. For more information, visit www.sogetsu-la.com.

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  1. 2001-present Akane Teshigahara is inaugurated as the fourth Iemoto. “The Exhibition Sofu Teshigahara” at the Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo for the centennial anniversary of his birth. Along with large installations of plant materials and theatrical arts for the Noh stage, Sogetsu Exhibition, at Shinjuku Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo, becomes an annual event from 2005, focusing on two essential elements of ikebana, fresh plant materials and containers attract particular attention. March 2007 celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Sogetsu School, Akane holds Solo Exhibition “Ikebana Through My Eyes” in Tokyo. She produced an ikebana space that shows ikebana works from all the angles. “Commemoration Festival” was held, coordinating Ikebana Performance with dance and music. “The Exhibition Hiroshi Teshigahara” at the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan July – Oct., 2007.