Russell Bowers holds an Instructor Certification from the Ohara School of Ikebana in Japan. He started practicing Ikebana in 2008. He is a Board Member of (N.A.O.T.A.) North American Ohara Teachers Association and a member of Ikebana International Boston Chapter. 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 and arts, practices Aikido and Zen meditation.