Monday, October 16, 2000
Madame Hosoe Kodama was a "doctor" of flowers. A practitioner of ikenobo, a Japanese art form of flower arrangement, Mrs. Kodama displayed her work at exhibitions and flower shows throughout the Northwest, and she earned "sokatoku," the field's highest scholarly degree. Later, Japanese officials expert in flower arrangement granted her the title "madame" in honor of her lifetime achievements.
But as accomplished as she was in her own right, Mrs. Kodama worked to teach others how they might do the same."She was the foremost teacher in the state of Washington," said her daughter Nobie Chan of Seattle. "Her arrangements were huge and absolutely astounding."