On Friday, October 24th, 2008, Mrs Joanna Charitou Barczyk was granted the Japanese Foreign Minister Award by H.E. the Ambassador of Japan in Greece,
Mr. Takanori Kitamura, for her contribution to spread out the Japanese traditional art Ikebana of Ohara School in Greece, as past President of the Ohara Chapter of Greece and as present President of  the European Ohara Teachers' Association (E.O.T.A.).


E.O.T.A.- Greece would like to express gratitude and thanks to the Embassy
of Japan in Greece for their  courtesy and gentle offer of the above photograph.


A great loss for the Ohara School of Ikebana:

We were informed recently from the Headquarters of the Ohara School of Ikebana in Japan, that the President of the Council of Ohara Professors, Professor Hosen Izutani passed away suddenly in December 11th, 2008. 

The sad news brought deep grief to all his students around the world. 

The European Ohara Teachers' Association would like to convey condolences to the family of our dear Professor Hosen Izutani and to Ohara School of Ikebana in Japan.

of Professor Hosen Izutani

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