Annika Au, an instructor from the Ohara school of Ikebana, has been practicing the art of Ikebana since 2003. She has an experienced eye in selecting each element and arranging it in order to create a kind of beauty that cannot be found in nature. The use of empty space is essential in creating a sense of harmony among the materials. Annika is a member of both Ikebana International and the North American Ohara Teachers Association and has been awarded the Japanese flower name of “Yo Ga” which means “fresh leaf”. She is currently taking her 2nd Associate Master Degree in Ikebana. She has demonstrated and done lectures all over the Chicagoland area and we are lucky to have the opportunity to learn from her this ancient skill that has been practiced for over 600 years. Annika has said “Ikebana brings friendship” as it brings people together to create something beautiful.