Wanders and Flowers

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Sapporo Beer and Shirase Sunday

Sapporo Beer is one of the popular Japanese brands inside and outside Japan. Last March 5th, my husband and I together with our friends went for an afternoon factory tour at their brewery in Chiba. From Nishi-Kasai, we went to Tsudanuma station to meet Yoshi and Mika. From there, the four of us took the free bus shuttle headed to the brewery. It was shortly before 3:00 pm when we reached.. Read More

Spring Workshop: Ikebana and Tea Ceremony

Hi guys! I am teaming up again with Ms. Kaori Watanabe, a licensed Japanese Tea Ceremony teacher, for a fun-filled Spring Workshop on Ikebana and Tea Ceremony.  We hope that you can join us! Please read below for the details of the workshop.   Date: April 2, 2017 Venue: r_cafe Gallery and Studio, Yotsuya-sanchome, Shinjuku Description: Experience Japanese Culture through Flowers and Tea Duration: 1.5 – 2 Hours Part 1: Sogetsu-Style Ikebana Lesson.. Read More

Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) Ikebana

March 3rd is Hina Matsuri or Doll Festival in Japan. Every year,  families with young daughters place a set of ornamental dolls called Hina dolls on a red-covered platform. These dolls represent the emperor and the empress together with their attendants and musicians dressed in Heian period. The parents and elders pray to these dolls for the safety of their children. There is also a belief that the dolls should.. Read More

Lamppost Designs in Japan

A lamppost maybe the least of things one sees everyday. Except maybe when it has busted bulb that we notice its existence. Or it belongs to the humungous and extravagant ones in Shanghai. My fascination with lampposts started when we visited Nakano Broadway on the second day of the new year. While looking around, I noticed that small streets and alleys along the main covered walk have different lamppost designs… Read More

Pastel Colors and Branches

Pastel colors always give me a hint that spring is just around the corner. Flowers here and there start to bloom welcoming the warm sunshine and nice cool air. Different shades of pink and yellow blend nicely with the fresh greens and bright whites. Since the first week of February, our Ikebana class receive a lot of flowers in pastel colors. We also get a handful of branches to match with… Read More