Russell Bowers holds an Instructor Certification and 4th Term Masters Certification from the Ohara School of Ikebana in Japan. He began practicing Ikebana in 2008. He is the 2nd Vice President of the Ohara School of Ikebana Massachusetts Chapter. He is a Board Member of (N.A.O.T.A.) North American Ohara Teachers Association, a member of Ikebana International Boston Chapter, a member of the Japan Society of Boston and a member of the Fenway Garden Society in Boston MA. He has traveled to Japan several times to study Ikebana and has participated in numerous demonstrations and conferences to promote Ikebana. He has a sincere appreciation for Japanese culture & arts and practices Aikido & Zen meditation.