Ikebana is Japanese for ‘flowers kept alive’. The emphasis is on line, shape and form as seen in the flowers and plants. This is a disciplined form of art in which nature is the foremost element.
Every stroke, finish, and dot speed in shodo is accomplished through concentration and intention. Maki started taking shodo lessons at the age of five. The practice has been a joyful life-long practice in her life.
Maki started koto training at the age of five with Master Hiroko Nishikawa. She continued the lessons and practice with her teacher until she moved to the United States at the age of twenty. She has continued to study koto with Master Michiyo Koga of Sacramento.