about the artist
Miyako Ballesteros (née Tsuchida)
Born in Nagano, raised in Saitama, lived in Hong Kong and Tokyo before moving to Halifax in 2007. Miyako is a qualified instructor in the Sogetsu School (草月流) of ikebana. She has a Teacher's Diploma 2nd grade Jōnin Sanyo and is an active teaching member of the Sogetsu Teachers' Association (草月指導者連盟) and a member-at-large of the Ikebana International.
Kouto (虹都) is the name given to Miyako by her teacher when she first received her Teacher's Diploma. "Kou" (虹) is the character for “rainbow”; while "to" (都) means “capital” but can also be read as “miyako”.
Learn more about the gagoh (ikebana name) here.