Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Creating a Happy Place through Ikebana

They say that Ikebana is slowly dying in Japan since most of the younger Japanese ladies do not have time or interest to learn about it. But I also notice that a lot of people outside Japan are increasing. This means that although it might be gone soon in the country where it originated, Ikebana will continue to strengthen and expand globally. However, it also puzzles me where to draw.. Read More

Enjoying the Early Spring in Japan

Spring is one of the much awaited season here in Japan especially with the blooming of cherry blossoms or sakura. It is also the season when people, young and old, enjoy having picnics under the sakura trees or just stay outside to admire the beauty of the parks and streets adorned with different flowers. Despite the heavy winds last Sunday, my friend and I tried to also enjoy the beauty.. Read More

Expanding My Horizons as an Ikebanist

This month has been challenging because my training as an Ikebana sensei started. This time there are no books or styles to follow, no more stamps to secure, everything freestyle! Hence, it would be not easy to predict when I would be able to finish. Hopefully before the year ends I would be able to get my license or diploma as a fourth grade sensei or the Yonkyu Shihan title… Read More

Preserving My Ikebana

A friend once asked me if I dry the flowers I used in my Ikebana arrangements and put them in a frame to preserve them. I said no. First of all, I am not a big fan of dried flowers. Second, maybe because I don’t know how to do it properly. Third, we do not have enough space where I can keep them without seeing it as a clutter in.. Read More

My Last Day as an Ikebana Student

Today was my last day as an Ikebana student! Finally! I have been brainstorming with myself (again) as to how my last three arrangements would look like.  I want them to be unique and reflect who am I as an Ikebanist but at the same time, I do not want to divert much from the arrangements in the book. Excitement and nervousness juggled inside me as I headed to our.. Read More