I commenced studying Sogetsu Ikebana in 1998, in Tokyo, Japan at the ikebana atelier of Yoka Hosono, a Master Instructor at Sogetsu Ikebana Headquarters. In December 2000, I was awarded my Sogetsu Ikebana Teacher’s Certificate by the former Iemoto of the Sogetsu School, Hiroshi Teshigahara. I currently hold a Jonin Sanyo level teacher’s certificate.
I am a registered Sogetsu Ikebana teacher with membership to the Sogetsu Teachers' Association in Japan, the Sogetsu Azalea Studygroup, Belgium, Sogetsu Branch Netherlands, and Ikebana International- Madrid Chapter.
Since moving to Spain, I have established Studio Yōrin Ikebana, an atelier dedicated to ikebana in the capital, Madrid. I am passionate about promoting Japanese culture, and in particular ikebana, in Spain. I regularly teach ikebana classes to children, and have taught ikebana within the Spanish primary school system. In 2018, both of my daughters, aged 6 and 8 years, won the Sogetsu Ikebana Ikeru-chan Prize.
In my endeavour to promote Sogetsu Ikebana across multidisciplinary art forms, I have collaborated with many non-ikebana artists, including ceramicist and designer Akiko Tsuji, and USA based potter Sam Deering of Spotted Horse Pottery. Large installation collaborations include the Christmas installation for Hotel Tótem, Madrid, Spain, and the stage design for Japanese singer/composer Youmi Kimura’s ('Alway's With Me' from the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away) performance in Canberra, Australia.
In keeping with the notion of 'Friendship through Flowers', I have worked alongside internationally renowned ikebana artists including Ilse Beunen (Belgium) , Yoshiro (Seiseki) Umemura (Australia), and was a member of the team assisting Master Instructor Tetsunori Kawana (Japan) prepare and present an ikebana demonstration at the Embassy of Japan, in Canberra, Australia.
I have participated in ikebana exhibitions in Japan, Australia, Spain and Belgium, and have presented ikebana workshops and demonstrations in both Australia and Spain. In 2020, I conceived the idea of and curated a global Virtual Ikebana Exhibition Fundraiser for the Australian Bushfires.
My published work includes Stichting Kunstboek 'Masterclass Ikebana' (2020), Terra Firma Magazine’s 2019 Diary, and ‘Vase and Flower’ by Akiko Tsuji (2018).