Programs, Events and Exhibitions





Meetings begin at 10 AM. If scheduled, the Ginza will open at 9AM.

Guests are welcome with the payment of a guest fee. Workshops are restricted to members of I.I. and require advance registration. Remember, a reservation is a firm commitment.

No meeting will be held in December or in the event of snow and the closure of Philadelphia Public schools.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017
George Nakashima Woodworker Property Field Trip
New Hope, Pennsylvania

He believed that “trees have a yearning to live again…even to become an object of beauty.” He received many awards from the AIA and other distinguished institutions, including the Third Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Emperor and Government of Japan in 1983.
His last show in the US, sponsored by the American Craft Council, marked him as a “Living Treasure”.  
He died in June 1990.
Lunch at a local restaurant.


Thursday, November 16, 2017
Leaf Manipulation – Westminster Presbyterian Church
West Chester, Pa

Yuri Ishizuka will be demonstrating Leaf Manipulation.  She started studying Ikenobo in Japan almost 50 years ago, in 1970.
Yuri teaches privately and  at the Nippon Club in NYC, and holds workshops at the Tiffany & Co. Design Studio.  She has also exhibited widely, including the United Nations, the residence of Japanese Consulate General, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the current president of II NY Chapter.
Ginza. (Please come shop for the holidays!!)
Potluck Lunch. 


Thursday, January 25, 2018
“Enjoying Plants through Perfumery”
Haverford Community Environmental Center, Haverford, PA.

Erica Vinskie is an independent perfumer and owner of HENNY FAIRE Co., a bath, body & home fragrance studio based in Reading, Pa.  Erica’s creations marry botanicals 
native to Appalachia with more exotic elements from across the globe.  She will speak about how to appreciate and use flowers and other plants in perfumery. 
Participants will have the opportunity to create a small vial of bespoke perfume.
Please bring a dish to share for our potluck lunch.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
“History of Japanese American Incarcerated in WW II”
Pennsbury Township Building, Chadds Ford, PA.


Hiro Nishikawa is a native of San Francisco and a sensei (third generation American of Japanese ancestry).  He will give a talk on his experience at the Poston, AZ concentration camp where he and his family were incarcerated during the war.  He has a BA in biochemistry from UC Berkeley and earned PhD at OregonState University.
Since retiring from GSKline in 1998, he has been very active in social action and racial justice causes, including immigration reform, as a board member on various organizations.Most notably with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), serving as chapter president and district governor.
He is also an avid photographer and lover of classical music, supports numerous worthy institutions.  He and his wife Sumi have 2 grown children.
 Please bring a dish for potluck lunch.


Thursday, April 26, 2018
“Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art”
Haverford Community Environmental Center, Haverford, PA

Felice Fischer, the Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Senior Curator of East Asian Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. According to the PMA Press Releases, dated February 18, 2014
Ambassador Kusaka stated, “The Emperor of Japan honors Dr. Fischer as a recipient of an imperial decoration and one of the highest civilian honors in recognition of her lifetime achievement and commitment to excellence, particularly including significant contributions to mutual understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.”
Please bring a dish to share for potluck lunch.

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Biennial Plant Sale and Book Auction followed by – “School  (Fun) Challenge!” 
Jenkin’s Arboretum, Berwyn, Pa

One representative from each school will be given the same “mystery” materials to create a fabulous arrangement in 15 minutes
Bento box lunch.