April 2019 Ikebana Weekend Intensive


I am delighted to announce my first weekend intensive of 2019. It will be in Ruislip, 13th and 14th April.

Saturday 13th April 1pm to 5pm
Sunday 14th April 09:30 to 2pm

Woodford Hall, Poplars Close, Ruislip, HA4 7BU

Fee: £190 includes all flower materials and use of vases for the course.  For more information visit my classes page or contact me.

As you may know I have been taking a break from teaching, spending much more time in Japan. But I have now been able to organise another weekend intensive course of fun with Ikebana. I do hope you can join me.

I am exploring possibilities for running Ikebana courses in Japan, in both English and Japanese. I will make further announcements about this over the coming months.  If you’d like to spend a week studying Ikenobo Ikebana in Japan and in English, register your interest by contacting me.

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Ikebana by Junko Autumn Weekend Intensive Course


I am delighted to announce I will be running a weekend intensive Ikenobo Ikebana course this coming September.

Saturday 15th September 1pm to 5pm
Sunday 16th September 09:30 to 2pm

Woodford hall, Poplars Close, Ruislip, HA4 7BU

Fee: £190 includes all flower materials and use of vases for the course.  For more information visit my classes page or contact me.



As you may know I have been taking a break from teaching during the first half of this year. I spent much of that time in Japan, where I am planning to run Ikenobo intensive courses particularly for visitors from outside Japan.  I will make further announcements about this over the coming months.  If you’d like to spend a week studying Ikebobo Ikebana in Japan and in English, register your interest by contacting me

Ikebana tips #26: alternative to Ukezutsu

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In my previous tip, #25, I showed you the traditional “ukezutsu” and how to use it. Of course, it’s not something everyone has lying around, so this time I thought I should show you an alternative that many of you will have in a  cupboard; a plastic water holder.


Ikebana International Annual Exhibition in London


Ikebana International London Chapter no. 6 will hold its annual exhibition on 17th October in South Kensington, London.

This year’s exhibition is entitled “Autimn Magic”.

Ikebana International’s exhibitions are always marevellous. It is always such a great opportunity to see many different schools represented in one venue.  You will see Sogetsu, Ohara, Ichiyo, Koryu and Ikenobo Ikenobo schools’ exhibits, all arranged by some of this country’s best known and most skilled Ikebana practitioners, together and I recommend anyone with a love of floral art and  or Ikebana to come along.

Tuesday 17th October 2016
Exhibition 12:00 to 15:00
Entry £2.00

Brompton Oratory Church Hall
Brompton Road
(adjacent to V&A Museum)

To download the flyer or for more information see Ikebana International London Chapter website.

Ikebana tips #24: caring for your hasami


I suspect that may of us take our hasami for ganted.  Use them, pop them in our toolbox or drawer and that’s it.  But have you noticed that the dirtier they get the stiffer they become?  Unless you have the non-tarnishing professional hasami, your hasami will probably rust and become dirty with plant sap and bits as you use them over time.

But you really can help to keep them in good order, just by using sabitoru, kitchen oil and a little TLC.  And here’s how.



Ikebana tips #23: gravity-defying kenzan

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Sometimes our creative desires can be thwarted by equipment and one such situation is when you’d like to arrange heavy materials from the sloping side of a vase.

Clearly it isn’t practical to glue a kenzan to the side nor can you use another kenzan to hold it. But fortunately there is a very elegant and easy-to-do solution, as you’ll see in this tip; it is quite wonderful just how useful wire can be, don’t you think?

Ikebana tips #22: yes, it’s Sellotape!

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I’m sure you have a roll of Sellotape at home. But have you used it in Ikebana arrangements?

This week I want to show you how to have some fun with clear vases, using Sellotape instead of kenzan or other flower-holding methods. Why do we want to do that? Well, kenzan are wonderful, but not very pretty, especially after many uses. So in a clear vase it just looks naff.

So, get your Sellotape ready and let’s see the tip…

Hana no Wa weekend workshop


I am delighted to announce that Hana no Wa is holding a workshop weekend in June, in Ruislip, west London. This is a very special occasion for me, being the 5th anniversary of Hana no Wa Study Group and the 15th anniversary of Ikebana by Junko. I am really excited to mark these two annivesaries with a wonderful weekend of Ikenobo Ikebana.

We are priviledged to welcome professor Kurata, from Ikenobo HQ to give a demsonstration prior to our celebratory dinner on Friday. Professor Kurata will, then lead our workshops on the Saturday and Sunday, which means we will have a full weekend of wonderful study and practice.

Details of the locations, dates and fees are below and I look forward to welcoming members and non-members to join our festival of Ikenobo Ikebana.

Priority places are for Hana no Wa members with a limited number of places available for non-members. (NB. for non-members there is a one-off registration fee of £20.00.)

For availability and to reserve your place, please contact Junko using my contact form or call +44 1895 622880.

Weekend Workshop Timetable and Fees

Activity Day Date Start Finish Location Fee
Demonstration & Dinner Friday 23rd June 6pm 9pm Barn Hotel £45.00
Rikka Workshop Saturday 24th June 10am 5pm Scout Hall £35.00
Shoka & Freestyle Workshop Sunday 25th June 10am 5pm Scout Hall £30.00

The Barn Hotel
West End Road, Ruislip HA4 6JB
It is located adjacent to Ruislip Tube Station. Extensive parking available.

The Scout Hall
Woodford Hall, Poplars Close, Ruslip HA4 7BU
It is located 5-6 minutes walk from Ruislip Tube Station. Limited parking available.

Dear Members and Ikebana Friends,

Hana no wa Study Group has invited a Professor from Ikenobo HQ Japan. This is a celebration of 5th Anniversary of the group and a fantastic opportunity for you to learn and better understand Ikenobo Ikebana with a senior Professor, Katsuhito Kurata. He will give us a demonstration, intensive lectures as well as workshops for Rikka, Shoka and Free Style.
We do hope you can attend and participate this special event as much as possible.

  • Please bring your own vase(s), hasami, kenzan and flower sheet for each session. (please ask Junko for hire vases and kenzan if you wish to hire)
  • All levels can attend Shoka/Free Style workshop.
  • Rikka is suitable for advanced or upper intermediate.
  • Please contact Junko for availability. or call 01895 622880.

We have arranged to have dinner with the visiting Professor. Your partners are welcome. Please check availability by using my contact form.

23 June (Fri) Celebration Dinner Party at the Barn Hotel, £45 per person excluding drinks ;payment with booking. Vegetarian/vegan menu available.

You can open and download the full weekend details and registration form here.
Download and print full details and registration form – pdf

Pictures from a past Hana no Wa Workshop.

Sogetsu Ikebana Event – London 2nd-3rd June 2017

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Upcoming Event

Friday–Saturday, 2nd-3rd June, 2017
8th Exhibition, Free Admission

Friday 2nd June, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Saturday 3rd June, 11:00am – 4:30pm

For the 10th Anniversary of Sogetsu London Branch
and the 90th Anniversary of Sogetsu School.

Venue: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, NW3 1NG London

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Exhibition of Ceramic Art by Maggie Zerafa

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I recently had the privilege to create an arrangement in a beautiful vase made by the very talented ceramic artist, Maggie Zerafa.

If you are on our mailing list you’ll have seen my previous mentions and a couple of photos of my arrangements in her vase, and a mention of her exhibition in Edinburgh. If you are living, working or just visiting the Edinburgh area of Scotland, I recommend you go to see Maggie’s exhibition.  On now until 8th April 2017 at:

Birch Tree Gallery,
23A Dundas Street,
Edinburgh EH3 6QQ

vase with cameliaMaggie Zerafa exhibition flyer