Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

3Rs: Incorporating Re-use, Reduce and Recycle in my Ikebana

I guess even if I am not directly involved in urban development and  management at the moment I somehow incorporate some of its principles even in my Ikebana. A few months ago, I wrote about using old newspapers as vase for my arrangement in Flowers in a Paper Boat.  And for yesterday’s special class with my sensei, I again tried to apply the concept of waste management’s 3Rs (re-use, reduce,.. Read More

Celebrating My Special Day in Tokyo

It has been two years now that I have celebrated my birthday away from my family in Manila. Although I am not with them, my special day was still memorable because we have friends to share with here in Tokyo. Celebrating Outdoors with Friends Last year, we decided to have a barbecue party. It was the first time for me to organize an outdoor event here in Japan. I was.. Read More

Playing with Leaves : Leaf Manipulation in Ikebana

On my way to our Ikebana class last Tuesday, I was still clueless of what I should make. When I opened my set of flowers, I saw palm leaves and some grasses. Palm leaves are quite huge and if done wrong, it can overpower the flowers. But the good side is, they are also versatile and easy to modify. You can make different designs by trimming, shaping, or weaving the.. Read More

When You Feel Like the Creative Juices Start to Run Out

Learning Ikebana and training as a sensei has been fun yet a little challenging for me for the past months. Fun because I am able to create my own arrangements freestyle. However since I have already finished the books prescribed, doing different arrangements almost every week has been a big challenge also. Every time I bike my way to our community center to attend ourTuesday lessons, my mind is already.. Read More

Remembering My Childhood Days through Ikebana

While I was browsing Facebook yesterday and seeing posts from my elementary classmates and friends, I suddenly remembered my childhood days especially when we do some crafts and art projects in school. After that I found myself in Daiso (100-yen store) looking for some art materials. I saw some wooden nameplates which are used as markers for planting. It reminded me of popsicle sticks that we used to make some.. Read More