Orlando-Winter Park, Chapter #132


Schools & Instructors

Comprised of members and officers with an impressive cumulative experience, exposure, and artistry in the 6th century tradition of flower arranging, II Chapter 132 represents five of many schools (styles) of Ikebana, with certified instructors representing each school   including a  Full Professor who is also a Headmaster.  Please scroll down for information about the Chapter's Ikebana School Advisors & Certified Instructors.  The five schools featured below in alphabetical order are Banmi Shofu Ryu, Ichiyo, Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu:

Banmi Shofu Ryu
Dr. Ric Bansho Carrasco, Iemoto & Chapter School Advisor
Jesus Bantake Minguez III, Sansei no Nara

        Banmi Shofu Ryu traces its roots to Shofu Ryu, founded during the Meiji era.  Sho - fu translates to pine or living breeze, and Banmi Shofu creations express a spirit of naturalness, effortless as the wind on the pines on a summer day, showing fluidity of line and fidelity to the way plants grow in nature.  Its distinguishing characteristic is the use of driftwood in all designs with no artificial supports such as wiring or tying materials together.  Bessie Banmi Fooks, a Hawaiian of Japanese and Filipino heritage founded Banmi Shofu Ryu by authority of Bansui Ota, her sensei in Japan.  Prior to her death in 2008, Bessie Banmi Fooks installed Dr.  Ricardo Bansho Carrasco as the school's Iemoto or Headmaster & Kyoshi no Momiji  (Professor).

For more information about Banmi Shofu Ryu, go to www.IkebanaBanmiShofu.com  

Dr. Ric Bansho Carrasco, Iemoto & Kyoshi no Momiji
Chapter School Advisor

       Dr. Ric Bansho's introduction to Japanese culture began in the 1960's when he was a marketing executive in Asia.  His first lessons in Ikebana was in the classic style of Ikenobo, and as he learned more about different schools, leaned towards Ohara, until he met Bessie Banmi Fooks sensei in Tainan, Taiwan.  After studying with her for 2 ½ years, Bessie Banmi Fooks sensei awarded him his initial Banmi Shofu Ryu teaching certificate in 1974.  They continued their sensei-deshi relationship for over four decades.  To this day, Dr. Ric Bansho has persisted in the disciplinary, artistic and the philosophical rigor of Banmi Shofu Kaden in Japan, Taiwan, North America, and other parts of the world.  Upon his installation as Headmaster in 2008 due to the untimely death of Banmi sensei, he intensified his commitment and activities in growing the Banmi Shofu legacy and its Kado tradition, while embarking on multiple education, exhibition, and publications, as well as assuring proper Fooks family Iemoto succession.  Within the constraints of full time employment, Dr. Ric Bansho continues to practice a shoshin attitude – that of forever learning marked with sustaining friendships through flowers.   He has served as Vice President, and is currently serving his second term as President of Chapter 132.  He is an Associate Member, and one of four instructors teaching for Ikebana International St. Petersburg Chapter 65.


Jesus Bantake Minguez III, Sansei no Nara

While Jesus Bantake received informal flower exposure early in life from his mother, a Western floral designer, his formal Ikebana lessons started with Bessie Banmi Fooks in 2007.  He has passionately persisted in Ikebana practice, learning & assisting during classes, demonstrations & festivals, while creating containers in Shoshin Studios, the official potter for Banmi Shofu Ryu.  In so doing, he has advanced his level of artistry, competence, and enlightenment through the guidance of Dr. Ric Bansho.  During the 2010 Banmi Shofu festival, he received his 1st instructor certificate, Sansei no Nara (3rd Grade, Level III).  Jesus Bantake also helped update the school’s mon or official crest.  In addition to pottery, Jesus Bantake is also proficient in many other related arts such as sumie, calligraphy, sushi cuisine, and martial arts.  He is a regular member of Chapter 132 & Associate of Chapter 65. 

Lynn Rains, Teacher, 3rd Grade
Chapter School Advisor 
For more information about Ikenobo, go to:


Ikebana originated with Ikenobo, and continues with its vigor and influence at its birthplace, the Rokkakudo Temple located in an area of Kyoto, Japan known as the Shiunzan Chohoji.  The name Rokkaku refers to the hexagonal shape of the temple (do), and it was built to enshrine Nyoirin Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy.  Legend states that Prince Shotoku founded the temple which served as the home for successive generations of priest families that perpetuated the practice of Ikenobo Ikebana.  The custom of appreciating flowers in a vase probably dates back almost to the birth of the human race. Involved in this custom is the human characteristic of loving and adoring the beautiful.  In this regard, there is no difference between East and West.  In Japan, however, arranging flowers has been carefully considered as the art form and, indeed, way of life called Kado (ka, flower; do, way or path).

As with many of the enduring traditional Japanese arts, the basic principles of Ikebana began nearly 500 years ago in Japan's Muromachi period.  The teachings of the headmasters of those times, Ikenobo Senkei and Ikenobo Senno contributed to the awareness and the meaning of Ikebana then, and continuing to the modern times.  With the leadership of Ikenobo Senko I (early 1600) and Senko II mid 1600), Ikenobo firmly established the character of the Rikka form.  During the early 1800s Ikenobo Senjo introduced the Shoka form, and the popularity of Ikebana increased.  Ikenobo Senmyo and Ikenobo Senno brought the Ikebana tradition into the 20th century.  Ikenobo Sen'ei, the 45th Iemoto continues with the rich tradition  in the modern culture. 


 Lynn Rains, Teacher, 3rd Grade

Margaret Grubb, School Advisor


    Unshin Ohara (1861-1916), founded the Ohara School of Ikebana in 1912.  He explored the fields and mountains and tried to develop a style of Ikebana to express the beauty of natural scenery. He also searched for ways to arrange the brightly colored Western flowers that had just begun to be imported into Japan. The result of his efforts was Moribana, the first brilliant step in modern Ikebana, exhibited for the first time to the public in 1897.  Koun Ohara (1880-1938), the 2nd Headmaster succeeded Unshin, and he developed and established techniques for Moribana. Koun held Ikebana exhibitions in public places like department stores, and worked hard to promote Ohara Ikebana to ordinary people. He also developed practical teaching methods and the systematic classification of expressive techniques.  He established clear rules and distinctions for floral styles in Moribana and Heika. He also made a special effort to address large groups of people, and originated methods of mass instruction like demonstrations, where he arranged flowers from behind the work so that the audience had a clear view.  Almost all contemporary Ikebana schools have adopted the methods first used by Koun. In his own work, he broke new ground in Nature Moribana, now called landscape Moribana, with his expression of vast scenic views of Hokkaido and his depiction of the appearance of the water’s edge in arrangements of Mizumono, which are aquatic plants or plants closely associated with views of water.  As in the tradition of Ikebana schools, each Ohara Iemoto contributed their own creative activity, style or form as a marker of their realm.  

    The third Headmaster Houn Ohara (1908-1995) succeeded his father in 1938.  As soon as the Second World War was over, he began his creative activity.  In 1946 marked the beginnings of avant-garde Ikebana which created an enormous sensation. In his one-person exhibition in 1949, the word “Objet”, a French term from surrealist art, was first used in Ikebana.  In 1964, Houn Ohara created the Rimpa form, based on the highly decorative works of Rimpa paintings, which flourished during the Edo Period.  Houn's son Natsuki (1949-1992) became Headmaster Designate in 1972.  Father and son held many joint exhibitions, and Natsuki embodied the future hopes and expectations of the Ohara School.  He explored the possibilities of Ikebana in search of richly creative forms appropriate for the new age, and originated Hanamai and Hana-isho.  He was the natural succession to his father, but he became ill and passed away while Houn was still Headmaster. Natsuki was posthumously named Fourth Master.  In the 21st century, the Ohara School is expected to prosper further led by young Fifth Headmaster Hiroki Ohara.  In 2009, Ohara had its main offices in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe, with 158 Chapters in Japan and 57 Chapters and 27 Study Groups outside Japan, and had over one million students throughout the world. 

 For more information about Ohara, go to:  


    Margaret Grubb has been practicing Ohara Ikebana ever since she joined a study group with Dorothy Maryville in the early 1980s, under the tutelage of Martha Neese, a certified Ohara Instructor.  Margaret loves and grows flowers in her home garden.  She is a very active member of the Orlando Garden Club as well as Ikebana International Orlando-Winter Park Chapter and has served in various capacities including Exhibition Chair.  She has exhibited with the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs during flower shows at the Orange County Convention Center, as well as art galleries in the Orlando Winter Park area, including the Polasek Museum.  Her favorite flower is the Fuji Chrysanthemum and line material is the Xanadu Philodendron.

Faye Siratsubaki Conti, Sankyu Shika &
 Chapter School Advisor
Michael Beedenbender,
Sankyu Shihan
Jean Hinman, Jonin Sanyo
Frances Jackson, Sankyu Shihan
Betty Strandberg,
Jonin Sanyo


        Sofu Teshigahara founded the Sogetsu school in 1927.  Traditionally trained in the traditional philosophy of Ikebana, Sofu had an independent spirit, and he wanted to express himself freely through the arts.  He proclaimed that Ikebana could be made by anyone, be placed anywhere and any materials used.  He was responsible for elevating Ikebana from an attractive craft to a form of art.  Time Magazine called him the Picasso of the Flowers.  

        Sofu's ideological legacy is still observed by the school.  Upon his death in 1979, his daughter, Kasumi became the 2nd Iemoto; following her death in 1980, Sofu's son Hiroshi became the 3rd IemotoHiroshi is well known for his bamboo installations, and as an award-winning film director.  Hiroshi died of acute leukemia on April 14, 2001.  Hiroshi's daughter Akane succeeded her father as the 4th Iemoto of the Sogetsu School.  She has been actively teaching and demonstrating Sogetsu Ikebana to adults and children worldwide, and her dynamic and fresh style has become well known as well.

        For more information on Sogetsu, go to: http://www.sogetsu.or.jp/english/index.html



Siratsubaki Conti, Sankyu Shika
Chapter School Advisor

Faye started Ikebana lessons in 1968 while living in Hawaii.  Caroline B. Whitaker, noted Ikebana author and Master Sogetsu instructor was her first teacher.  Later in 1970, she began lessons with Betty Wilson in New Jersey.  Faye joined the Philadelphia Ikebana International Chapter at that time.  In 1977 she moved to Central Florida and began lessons with Jane Markuson and joined the Orlando-Winter Park Ikebana International Chapter 132 and has since served for several years as Treasurer or President.  She earned her 3rd and 4th teacher's certificates in the Sogetsu school under Markuson's guidance. 

Over the years, Faye has given Sogetsu classes in her home, South Seminole Community College, and Leu Gardens.  She has also given many Ikebana demonstrations at various clubs and civic organizations.  For several years, Faye has had her arrangements on display in the lobby of the main house at Leu Gardens.  With the help of Chieko Mihori, Director of the Sogetsu Florida branch, she became
the first Chairperson of the Orlando Sogetsu Study Group.


Frances H. Jackson, Sankyu Shihan

Frances began studying the art of Japanese flower arranging in the early 1970's after a close friend returned from Japan and introduced her to a teacher of the Sogetsu School.  The art quickly became a "must" in her life.  Frances had actually studied the art several years before joining the Richmond Chapter of Ikebana International.  She earned all four of her student certificates and then her first teacher certificate, March 1878 from Jean Millard.  At that time, Frances chose the name Tsubaki as her flower name.   After moving to Charlotte, Frances received her second teacher's certificate from Mary Sugiyama who taught in the Washington DC area, and who was a leader in the Sogetsu School in the USA. 

Exhibiting in Richmond, Charlotte, and Orlando, as well as teaching and demonstrating, have been and are very special for Frances.  During the Summer months in Virginia, she instructs beginning and advanced students.  Frances served as President of the Charlotte Chapter of II during the 1980's and the Orlando Chapter from 1994 - 1996,  She has held other offices in both Chapters and is currently Corresponding Secretary of the Orlando Chapter and Chairman for the Orlando  Study Group of the Florida Sogetsu Branch.

Betty Strandberg, Jonin Sanyo

        Betty's Ikebana experiences started in 1966 when her family moved to Okinawa where she became an ardent student of Sogetsu, & signed up for membership with Ikebana International Naha Chapter.  After two years of learning and opportunities to observe Ikebana masters' demonstrations, she earned her first teacher's certificate, Yonkyu Shihan.  

Upon her return to the United States in 1969, she transferred her membership to the Omaha, Nebraska Chapter, and two years later, after learning, giving demonstrations & exhibiting at the museum in Omaha, she earned her 2nd certificate, Sankyu Shihan
.  She has since moved to Orlando to join Chapter 132's roster of certified instructors; two years ago, she received her Jonin Sanyo
certificate.  Betty has also been active with the Sarasota Florida Sogetsu workshop, and has exhibited with the Sarasota Chapter at Shelby Gardens.  



Jean Hinman, Jonin Sanyo
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