Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Ikebana on Cultivating Resilience

This year has been one of the most challenging for most of us. It seemed the whole world stopped for about a month or two. Economies and businesses were (or still are) down; limited mobility; and fear of uncertainty enveloping most of us. It is during this hard times that I personally appreciate efforts, big and small, to help each other cope with our current situation. People sharing their culinary.. Read More

Wildflowers Along the River

wildflowers in Tokyo

A walk the rivers of Nakagawa and Arakawa has been a regular thing for me and my husband for some years now. Especially during this time when travelling is a challenge. From our house, it is less than 5 minutes to walk to Nakagawa riverside. The two rivers are beside each other separated by an artificial island with a highway road on top. Depending on the weather and our mood,.. Read More

Peruvian Lily for Mid-Spring

Peruvian Lily in Ikebana

Peruvian Lily or Alstroemeria is native to South America but a popular choice for florists worldwide. It comes in vibrant colors of yellow, pink, orange and white. We often see them in bouquets or centerpieces mostly in clusters. This week I found some Peruvian Lilies at our friendly neighborhood flower store. I bought a couple of stems together with Enkainthus branches and Green Dianthus. All of these plants can last.. Read More

Sweet Peas and Edible Greens from the Fourth Floor

This time of the year is hard for all of us. With the coronavirus dominating globally, we all feel like fish inside a glass bowl. Going outside is limited to running some errands like buying food or finding a roll of toilet paper. Instead of catching up with travels from previous weeks or months, I would like to share updates from our balcony garden. Over the years since I moved.. Read More

Nature Walk in Oji City

With the temperature starting to warm up and with some free Mondays, my husband and I went to Oji City for an afternoon walk sometime last February. Still in Central Tokyo but away from the big crowds, Oji offers a different good solitude ambiance. I have learned about interesting places to visit in Oji through Find My Tokyo Challenge launched my Tokyo Metro Subway. And we are so happy to.. Read More