Wanders and Flowers

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Life Lessons from Doing Ikebana

Life Lessons iand Ikebana

For most of us, it is innate to find life lessons from what we do –  a hobby an adventure, or our daily routine. The desire to find what we can learn from doing something is always there. Since I started learning and practicing Ikebana, I try to connect the Ikebana techniques I learned to everyday life. However, it is not until recently that I become conscious of connecting the.. Read More

Traditional Fixtures and Seasonal Arrangements

traditional fixtures seasonal ikebana

Before there were kenzans, people use traditional fixtures and stones to stabilize the stems when creating Ikebana. Strong twigs or stems are placed in the container as fixtures to help maintain the structure and balance of the materials. Last Tuesday during my special lesson with my sensei, I tried to use a natural fixture for an arrangement. This is a type of fixture that uses the original angle of the.. Read More

Spring Blossoms and New Techniques

Spring blossoms are here again! Quite early still but since mid-January we have already some in our flower sets. And last Tuesday, I am very happy to find some sweet peas and peach blossoms. Spring Blossoms Ikebana This year, my peach stems have finally bloomed. I usually get those that have big buds but never open. Please note however that they were in full bloom a day after I took.. Read More

Celebrations in Ikebana at Best Living Japan Class

Celebrations in Ikebana was the main theme for the recent Autumn Semester at Best Living Japan Ikebana Class. During each lesson, we first introduced the principles of Ikebana. Then we apply them to our arrangements for western festivities like Thanksgiving and Christmas. We also introduced Japanese traditions such the appreciation of autumn colors or Koyo. Western Celebrations in Ikebana For our Autumn semester, we conducted three classes – once a.. Read More

Philippine Flora in Ikebana

The Philippine fauna offers about 3000 plant species from giant trees to mosses and lichens. This is due to its rich volcanic rich soil, bright sunshine, and sufficient rain all through the year. I especially like the variety of architectural foliage that gives strong impact to the flower arrangements. Hence whenever I have the chance to visit my home country, I always try to create an Ikebana or two using.. Read More