Naoko Bliss, born in Fukuoka, Japan, has been studying the art of Japanese flower arrangement, “Ikebana” since 1970.  She received her Teacher’s Diploma (Fourth Grade) from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in 1977.  She currently holds the title of SOMU (First Grade).  She is a member of the Sogetsu Teachers’ Association of Tokyo, and also a member of Ikebana International Chapter #95, Colorado Springs, CO.

Naoko came to the United States in 1988 and worked as a floral designer in Sumter, SC.  She moved to Colorado Springs in 1991, and worked as a floral designer there, as well.

One of her Ikebana arrangements was displayed at the opening ceremony for the “Madame Butterfly” performances at the Pikes Peak Center.  She has also presented individual Ikebana demonstrations at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Pikes Peak Region East Library in the past.

Materials to bring to the workshop:


  1. Two Ikebana Vases – A Low, Flat container with rim to hold water (Moribana Container) and a Tall Cilinder vase (Nageire container), or suitable substitute 

  2. Kenzan/Ikebana Frog (3” or 3 ½") – This can be purchased on line

  3. Ikebana Scissors, or Gardening Clippers

  4. Small Bowl - to cut stems in water (Cool Whip Tub works)

  5. Wash Cloth size Towel

  6. Bucket (to hold Flowers in)

  7. Trash bag to cover your workspace