The Japan Society

Access to Experts

The list Access to Experts is designed as a tool to help those organising Japan-related events. Experts are professionals who charge a fee to lead workshops and can tailor their workshop or presentation to different audiences. They may be able to visit schools and deal with larger numbers of students per day than JIYC volunteers and can be engaged to spend successive days at your school.

Inclusion on this list does not imply recommendation by the Japan Society.

Ikebana & Horticulture Experts


SAWADA-RUDD, Kiyoko

Ikebana

Type of activity: performance, demonstration, 
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: any
Number of participants: 10+

email: kiyoko@ikenobolondon.org.uk
tel: 020 8904 6599
website: www.ikenobolondon.org.uk


SAWANO Takashi

Ikebana, Japanese Gardens

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration workshop
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: 14+
Number of participants: any

email: tsjfgd@aol.com
tel: 020 8949 9212
website: www.takashisawano.com


Japanese Garden Society

Japanese Gardens

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration, workshop, project leaders
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: 14+
Number of participants: any

email: enquiries@jgs.org.uk
tel: 0845 094 4584
website: www.jgs.org.uk

The Japanese Garden Society, founded in 1993, now has some 700 members. It is for anyone with an interest in Japanese gardens. Regular meetings, lectures and garden visits are held throughout the country and the Society runs regular trips to Japan.


ISONO Yukiko
Ikebana

Type of activity: performance, workshop, lecture, demonstration, project leader
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: any
Number of participants: any

email: ikebanastudio1@gmail.com
website: www.ikebanastudio.uk


NORMAN, Diane

Ikebana

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration and workshop leader
Available to travel: South of England (negotiable)
Age range: 18+
Number of participants: any

email: Har3ridge@aol.com
website: www.ikebanastudio.uk.com / www.Ikebanaandwatercolours.com

Diane is a Sub Grand Master in the Ohara School of Ikebana and has been awarded her own study group. She runs day workshops, residential courses and general Ikebana classes. 


SYMONS, Mary

Ikebana, Modern day Japan, Life within the Home, Tea Ceremony, Costumes Traditions and Festivals

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration, workshop, public speaker, entertainer
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: 18+
Number of participants: any

email: mary@kyotodesigns.co.uk
tel: 01202 871 561
website: www.kyotodesigns.co.uk

Mary Symons received her training in Japan and the UK, combining these skills now as as a qualified teacher (Sensei), event speaker and cruise line presenter covering a wide range of topics on Asian lifestyle.

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HARNIK, Yoko

Ikebana

Type of activity: teaching, lecture, demonstration, workshop leader
Available to travel: general London vicinity (other locations negotiable)
Age range: middle school students to adults
Number of participants: any

email: kiku1869@gmail.com

Yoko Harnik started Ikebana in the early 1960s at Sogetsu School. After an interval of academic work and a career she restarted with Koryu School followed by Ichiyo School. Eventually, she found Ichiyo to be right school for her and went on to earn an instructor’s degree.

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TAKAHASHI Sumie

Ikebana, Tea Ceremony

Type of activity: lecture, demonstration, workshop
Available to travel: anywhere
Age range: any
Number of participants: any

To contact Sumie Takahashi, please write to her care of Japan Society. We will forward correspondence to her.