Though she works at an insurance firm during the day, Chisato Motoi enjoys creative pursuits outside of work. She is currently engaged in the study of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Involving more than merely placing flowers in a vase, Ikebana requires a disciplined blend of nature and humanity. Unlike standard flower arrangement that focuses on colors and blossoms, Ikebana emphasizes a variety of components, such as the stems and leaves. When arranging, Chisato Motoi focuses on line, form, and shape, as well as the concept of minimalism. Ikebana calls for a few blooms among the leaves and stems, and the arrangement draws inspiration from a scalene triangle.
Though there are many styles of Ikebana arrangement, Chisato Motoi prefers the Sogetsu school. Founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara, who believed that the foundations of Ikebana can be used by anyone with access to plant materials and a tendency towards artistic expression, Sogetsu is a modern school of Ikebana that encourages “free form” and the consideration of the spatial environment of the arrangements. Through this course of study, Chisato Motoi has not only learned the basics of Ikebana, but also carried them a step further by exploring new ways of incorporating plant materials.
Chisato Motoi also enjoys other creative endeavors, including singing, cooking, and gardening.