Mika OtaniMika Otani

Ikebana artist
A certified Ikebana instructor, 1st grade professor (RIJI in Japanese), authorized by Sogetsu School of Ikebana, one of the top Ikebana schools in Japan.
A member of the Ikebana International (I.I.)

Born in 1968 and graduated from the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo in 1990.

Mika began studying Ikebana when she was 20 years old and apprenticed under the great Ikebana artist, Soukou Tomita who is one of the best pupils of Sofu Teshigawara, the first President of Sogetsu Ikebana School.
She has been studying Ikebana for over 30 years with her Master and will continue to learn as Ikebana is a lifelong study.

After being an editor at a publishing company for a women's magazine, Mika has turned to freelance work. She worked in advertising and in publishing, as a writer, an interior stylist, a table coordinator and a web publisher until the Tohoku Earthquake happened in 2011.

The devastating earthquake had a profound effect on Mika causing her to pursue a passion she could do for the rest of her life. That passion was the Ikebana and she set up her own classes at 3 locations in Tokyo, Japan.
She is doing "Ikebana demonstration" as her life work all over the world, which shows all the process how to create Ikebana in front of guests. She has been to Australia, India, U.S.A., Czech Republic, China, and so on to present Ikebana show. She is so popular in Media world that she creates huge Ikebana works at locations or studios setteing of Movies and TV programs as well as big events and party venues. She loves to collaborate Ikebana with other type of arts and She did the collaboration with a fashion show, Vurtial Reality World and so on. Her expenditure is going on now.

Since she teaches Ikebana both in both Japanese and English, her classes are filled with multinational students who are from the USA, European countries, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea etc.

Her favorite phrase is "Hakuna Matata" (a Swahili phrase meaning "no worries")!


Ikebana Works
  • Ikebana Decoration for the Japanese movie, "March comes in like a lion"
  • Ikebana Decoration for the Japanese movie, "My Little Monster"
  • Ikebana Decoration for the Japanese TV drama series, "HELLO HARINEZUMI"
  • Party Decoration for "Cartier"
  • Ikebana Decoration at "TORAYA GINZA", a Japanese sweets shop
  • Collaboration Events with a fashion brand, DISAYA
  • Created all Ikebana arrangements for the KAKI-SHOP catalog (a container company) and produced a unique inner lining case
  • Collaborator for Omotesando Sogetsu School Exhibition, Sogetsu TOKYO North branch exhibition, the National Shouwa Memorial Park event etc.
Ikebana Demonstration
  • Ikebana Demonstration and workshop at Prague, Czech Republic, for "JAPAN WEEK" sponsored by Japanese foreigh ministry and Pague city goverment.
  • Ikebana Demonstration in Minneapolis, U.S.A., sponsored by Koehler and Dramm institute of floristry and I.I. Minneapolis branch
  • Ikeana Demonstration and workshop at Shanghai, China, sponsored by " La Moda"
  • Ikebana Demonstration at "PERTH FLOWER DESIGN SCHOOL" in Australia
  • Ikebana Demonstration and workshop at New Delhi "Japan Foundation" in India
  • Ikebana Demonstration and workshop at Mumbai "Sea Princess Hotel Mumbai" in India
  • Ikebana Demonstration for foreigners who live in Tokyo at HARAJUKU STUDIO PETU (held by the International Center in Tokyo)
  • Table decorator for advertisement of CANON camera, EOS KISS
  • Event decorator for Apple Event "Photo meets Music, get along with songs"
  • Event decorator for CANON festival in Shinagawa, "the land scape of winter and a happy new year"
  • Event decorator for the Mercian Karuizawa Museum held by Asahi Newspaper Company
  • Table decorator for advertisement of KAGAMI CRYSTAL CORPORATION etc.
  • CANON Photo Festival in Shinagawa
  • At Mercian Karuizawa Museum
Magazine and TV show
  • Appearence on a popular TV show, "SOREDAME", to teach Ikebana to a comedian and an actress
  • CNBC, American TV , broadcast about Mika and her Ikebana experience for tourists"
  • Article on the fashon magazine "ar", presenting how to create Ikebana with a Japanese actress
  • Interview presented on the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, “The Journal”
  • Interview presented on the No.1 English Magazine for foreigners in Japan, “Metropolis”
  • Article on the magazine, "CREA", "Setagaya Life", " Monthly Television" and do on.
introduced by magazine
Web and advertisement and so on
  • CANON EOS KISS special site
  • CANON Scan special site
  • A judge for a family photo contest for CANON
  • TOTO LTD. (a Japanese bathtub company) special site
  • YOSHIKEI (a company for dinner delivery service) special site
  • AGF(a coffee company) special site
  • Tokyo Disney land special site etc.