Board of Directors &
President’s Message(test)

Founded in 1956 by Ellen Gordon Allen

Honorary President
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado

International Board of Directors 2023-2024

Elected Directors

International President
Tomoko Takada
First Vice President
Chisato Obikane
Second Vice President
Reiko Inumaru
Third Vice President
Tomiko Uesato
Recording Secretary
Hanako Sato
Corresponding Secretary
Shizuko Okubo
Kumiko Kameoka
Assistant Treasurer
Kaeko Kasuga
Hiroko Otsuka
Mika Hamanaka
Development Director
Mikie Arai
Nominating Director
Ikuko Tsuchiya
Protocol Director
Kimie Yanagisawa
Public Relations Director
Misako Ishii
Translation Director
Junko Nakajima
Coordinating Director
Akemi Yamazaki
Website Director
Reiko Hamada
World Convention Chairperson
Nobuko Usui

Elected Auditors

Yoshimasa Usui
Accounting Auditor
Mikio Koyano


International Parliamentarian
Kathy Roper

Supreme Advisers

Sen’ei Ikenobo
Ohara School
Hiroki Ohara
Sogetsu School
Akane Teshigahara

Flower Master Advisers

Sen’ei Ikenobo
Ohara School
Hiroki Ohara
Sogetsu School
Akane Teshigahara

Honorary Advisers

Etsuko Hattori

Tomoko Takada


June, 2024

Dear Members of Ikebana International and Ikebana Friends,

At our Annual General Meeting on September 20th 2023, nineteen directors were elected to the International Board by the vote of our Ikebana International members.
Our membership is now 6,350 in 137 chapters. All of us on the International Board are volunteers.

Ikebana International was established by an American lady, Mrs. Ellen Gordon Allen in 1956. During the 67 years since the organization was founded, her motto, “Friendship through Flowers”, has been vividly inherited by the worldwide members of Ikebana International.

If you are not already member of Ikebana International, I encourage you to become a member of the nearest chapter and participate in the many events organized by the chapter.

The regional conferences and the Ikebana International 13th World Convention will be held soon. There will be many opportunities to see the wonderland of ikebana.

We have had to face countless disasters and I feel so sorry for those who lost their loved ones. Despite the severe unprecedented Covid 19 pandemic, I am sure all the chapters tried very hard to increase our membership. It is not always so easy to find the best solution. But we were able to overcome difficulties and our bond must have become stronger ever since. We now must move forward. Let’s make this year fruitful.

Tomoko Takada
Tomoko Takada, International President