Tetsunori Kawana

For 20 years, Tetsunori Kawana studied with and assisted the renowned artist, film director, and headmaster of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, Hiroshi Teshigahara.
Now for the past ten years, he has studied under Akane Teshigahara, the fourth headmaster.

As Headquarters teacher of the Sogetsu School, Kawana has taught Ikebana at seminars, demonstrations and major conventions throughout the world for more than thirty years. He conducts classes at the Headquarters of the Sogetsu School in Tokyo and he is sought-after instructor who has taught in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland, Portugal, Russia, Australia, Chile, Brazil, New Zealand, China HongKong, Taiwan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore etc. He has received numerous awards from Sogetsu Headqurters for his Ikebana artistry, including the Newcomer’s Award, the Encouragement Award, and the prestigious Sogetsu Award.


  • 1992
    Assistant stage and art director, opera "Turandot," Lyon, France, assisting the director, Hiroshi Teshigahara.
  • 1994
    Art director, Winter Olympic Games "Nagano Demonstration," Lillehammer, Norway, under the supervision of Hiroshi Teshigahara.
  • 1995
    Installation at "Japan Art Festival," Numazu, Japan
  • 1996
    Installation at "Arte Sella" as one of ten international invited artists, Borgo, Italy.
  • 1997
    Stage designer, Matto International Taiko Festival "Extagia", Ishikawa, Japan
  • 2000
    Installation and direction, "Yebisu Garden Place Anniversary," Tokyo
  • 2001
    Installation at Japan Art Festival, Numazu, Japan
  • 2002
    Exhibition design, "Pierre Cardin: The 50th Anniversary," Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo
  • 2003
    Featured teacher and demonstration for the Australia and New Zealand convention of Ikebana International
  • 2005
    Bamboo installation at the Apothecaries' Garden, Moscow
  • 2005
    Demonstrations and workshops for Sougetsu students at the Landscape Architecture Institute at the Moscow Academy of Architecture
  • 2006
    Awarded a gold medal at the New England Spring Flower Show Boston, for a giant Ikebana display
  • 2006
    Exhibition design, Greater New York Orchid Society annual show, Rockefeller Center, New York
  • 2006
    Keynote demonstration at the World Flower Convention, Guangzhou, China
  • 2006
    Demonstration and workshop in Sao Paulo and Brasilis
  • 2007
    InstalInstallation and exhibition design for the 80th anniversary of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, Shinjyuku Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo
  • 2008
    Bamboo installation at the New York Botanical Garden as centerpiece for the Garden's "Kiku" exhibition, the largest show ever of Japanese-style chrysanthemums in North America
  • 2008
    Demonstration of bamboo technique and creation of a bamboo Installation at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
  • 2008
    Demonstration of Sogetsu ikebana in the Polovtsev Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, for an audience of 200
  • 2008
    Bamboo installation at the New York Botanical Garden as centerpiece for the Garden's second "Kiku" exhibition.
  • 2008
    Bamboo installation commissioned by Japan Society, New York, as the signature work for the Society's "New Bamboo" exhibition.
  • 2009
    Bamboo installation “Five Elements-Water” at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2011
    Bamboo installation “Passage: Waterway” at the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
  • 2011
    Installation “Regeneration” at the New York Botanical Garden for the “Fall Flower of Japan” exhibition
  • 2011
    Bamboo installation "Five Elements - Water" at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2012
    Bamboo Installation “Passages: Green Wall” for the 75th anniversary of the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • 2012
    Bamboo installation “East West Bond” for the Denver (CO) Botanic Garden
  • 2012
    Keynote Demonstration for the China – Japan Floral Culture
  • 2012
    Exchange Exhibition and Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Normalization of China-Japan Diplomatic Relations, Guangzhou, China
  • 2013
    Invited by the Japanese Embassy in Australia to conduct a Demonstration
  • 2014
    Bamboo installation “ Current” Moscow Flower Show, Moscow Russia. Conducted a demonstration for the opening of the show
  • 2015
    Ikebana Performance “Ikebana Power” Seattle, Washington
  • 2016
    Sogetsu Ikebana workshop at Paris
  • 2016
    Bamboo installation “ Bamboo Cloud” for the Green World project in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • PASSAGES TO HEAVEN Shimane, Japan 2004
  • WAVE Moscow, Russia 2005
  • FIVE ELEMENTS: WATER Melbourne, Australia 2009
  • BAMBOO PILLAR Tokyo, Japan 2007
  • KAKOI New York, USA 2008