Amira Matsuda's Bio

 was founded in 2006 by Amira Matsuda,a Jonin ranked Master Instructor, and over the past 15 years, we have been fortunate to make our name in the Ikebana industry through our bright and committed students as well as through our many exhibition events and workshops that we have performed. And although we still have ways we can get better, the experiences we have created is what Friendship through Flowers is all about.

-Rank: Jonin Somu

-Master Designer

Amira Matsuda

     Born in Babylon, Iraq, Amira Matsuda was raised with a big family of 13 brothers and sisters and had a simple life with roosters and sheep roaming her family's backyard. After graduating college, a twist of fate was around the corner when Amira was hired at a Japanese construction company, Sumitomo, where she met her husband and moved to Japan in 1980. Amira quickly learned to speak Japanese and adapted to a new culture and lifestyle. She was granted the Japanese citizenship then later moved to Dallas, Texas in 1986. Amira has always led an active lifestyle, constantly serving on the board of several charitable and cultural organizations, while balancing her time at home with her four children and husband. Amira's journey with Ikebana started in 1995 when she started taking classes from a local teacher, Nan Mitchell. She now has a JONIN SOMU ranking and teaches over 50 students regularly. Some of her notable performances include live presentations and showcases for Queen Noor of Jordan, The Grand Palace in Taipei, Taiwan, The Takanawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, The Odaiba Hotel, Tokyo, The Morikami Museum in Boca Raton, Florida, The Swissotel in Chicago, The Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterrey, California, The Dallas Arboretum, The Trammell Crow Museum, The Irving Arts Center, The Eismann Center, The Plano and Frisco Garden Clubs, The Childrens Theatre, Plano Texas, The San Jose Library, San Jose, California, and many other community centers and local schools. From 2003 to 2005, Amira served as the President of Ikebana International Dallas Chapter, and served 2 terms as the director of the Sogetsu School, Dallas Branch. Currently, she is the President of the Iraqi American Association of North Texas.