• Ellen Sakagawa





    18th degree 

    Senior Professor 

    1st Grade

  • While I was a teenager growing up on the island of Hawaii, I used to see these beautiful Ikebana flower arrangements at our local bank and was totally intrigued with them. At that time, I decided that after I graduated from college, I would take Ikebana lessons.


    Upon graduation from the University of Oregon Dental School we moved to La Jolla and as soon as I had the opportunity, I joined Ikebana International and met Professor Sadako Oehler. She has been my Sensei since 1973.


    It has taken me a long time to master the art of Ikebana because I was practicing dentistry full time until I retired in 2016. Being a slow learner, I continue to attend classes with Sensei. My degree in the Ikenobo School is SOKATOKU, Senior Professor of Ikebana, 1st Grade. In addition to my passion for flower arranging, I enjoy Photography, Line Dancing, and spoiling my grandchildren.

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  • Affiliations


    Japan Headquarters


    Ikebana International

    San Diego Chapter #119


    Ikebana International

    North & Central American Region



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