Our Mission

Our mission is to provide cultural exchanges of art, practices and life wisdom that inspire innovation and build community for people of all ages. We bring master artists, performers, and chefs from around the world, to Sonoma and the greater Bay Area.


Classes/Workshops – hands-on teaching with master artists at museums, art institutions, and schools

Demonstrations/lectures to create courses along with museum exhibitions

Performances to create venues for visiting artists and local communities

Educational Tours in Japan


Maki Aizawa and Mitsuyo McDermott share a deep love of Japanese culture and art forms from all over the world. They founded Sonoma Cultural Exchange to bring both Japanese and other international cultural experiences to a wider audience in Sonoma county and the greater Bay Area.  Maki grew up in Sendai, Japan, and is the daughter of a master kimono maker and is an Ikebana master herself.  Mitsuyo grew up in Shizuoka, Japan, and has a passion for exposing her family, friends and the greater community to the richness of Japanese tradition.  Both women travel several times a year to Japan, where they are connected to a growing network of artists, performers and chefs.  Maki and Mitsuyo are both excited to share these riches with people in Sonoma and the greater Bay Area through their new organization.