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Soho Sakai, a native of Japan, began practicing the ancient Japanese art and discipline of Ikebana in 1957. She received her teacher's diploma from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in 1961, just prior to coming to the United States. Soho now holds the title of Riji, the highest rank of the Sogetsu School. She has been teaching in the Bay Area since 1974, and 75 of her students currently hold Sogetsu teacher's certificates. She has also published instructional videos and DVDs on the art of ikebana.The Sogetsu School honored Soho with the Sogetsu Sho Award in 2004 and with its 80th Anniversary Commemorative Overseas Award in 2007.