Chie Kikuchi

Chie Kikuchi devotes a great deal of her time to Ikebana, a type of flower arrangement native to Japan. Ikebana requires considerable skill to achieve the unique arrangements that are the hallmark of the form. Born and raised in Japan, Chie Kikuchi graduated with honors from Bunka Women's University in Tokyo. She received a baccalaureate degree in textile design from the institution.

After graduating in 1986, Kikuchi began working for an interior gift shop at Tokyo's Seibu. The well-established department store in Japan offers luxury merchandise through Seibu Pisa, its subsiduary serving high-end customers. Working there for six years, Kikuchi began her career as a sales and purchasing specialist for the interior decoration shop. She later became manager, taking charge of store operations and merchandising. In this position, she had the opportunity to make numerous purchasing trips to France and Italy.

By the time Kikuchi left her position at the store, she had received several awards for excellence from the company's senior management. Since coming to the United States in 1992, she has focused her efforts on being a homemaker and honing her skills in Ikebana. She holds the title of 3rd Degree Master Teacher and teaches Ikebana flower arrangement to others. A long-time member, Kikuchi most recently served as the Treasurer of Ikebana International's Philadelphia Chapter.

In addition to her dedication to Ikebana, Chie Kikuchi makes philanthropy a priority in her life. She donates her time to a number of groups in her area, including Philabundance, a local food drive in Philadelphia. In 2011, she assisted with hosting a Japan festival at her daughter's school. The event raised funds for those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of that year. In her free time, Kikuchi likes to sew and read. A fan of classical music, she enjoys playing the piano as well. She counts cooking as among her favorite activities, particularly when preparing Austrian or Italian dishes.