Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Tropical Plants for the Japanese Flower Art

Tropical plants are rare gems. At least from where I am at the moment. Back then, I just see them growing from our garden. Sometimes I secretly cut them from our neighbor’s. Little did I know that I will be excited to see them in botanical gardens and in our Ikebana flower set.   Last Tuesday, our flower set at Seishincho Ikebana class included light green Anthuriums and red orange.. Read More

Happy Moments at BLJ Ikebana Class

Happy moments with a dash of haggardness and a sprinkle of workout. This best described how the first four months of my year was. Mostly because of the BLJ Ikebana Class. From January until April, I have collaborated with Best Living Japan.  It was a series of Ikebana class mainly for foreigners living in Tokyo. The lessons were held every Tuesday afternoon at BLJ studio. For 10 Tuesdays, I was.. Read More

Simple Ikebana: How to Highlight Simplicity

Simple Ikebana Arrangement

Simple Ikebana arrangements are what most people have in mind when they hear the word Ikebana. A single flower in a vase may look very easy to make. However, I always find it very challenging. Why? Because the simpler the arrangement, the more I need to think how to showcase the beauty of my material/s. Hence whenever I have the chance, I try to practice making simple arrangements for our home… Read More

Winter Sakura for Early Spring

Winter sakura may not be as popular as the usual cherry blossoms in spring. As early as Christmas, one can buy some of these blossoms in the flower shops. The flowers are a bit small and the color is lighter than the typical blooms we enjoy in April. While waiting for the sakura’s full bloom season here in Tokyo, these dainty flowers are gracing our local flower shops.   Winter.. Read More

March Flowers for the Ladies and Little Girls

March flowers are a mixture of late winter and early spring blossoms. Fragrant narcissus warms the cold winds of winter while delicate peach blossoms start to welcome spring. Along side are sweet peas, tulips, and freesias painting the greens with pastel and bright colors.   March flowers are also for the ladies and little girls as the month is a celebration of their grace, beauty, and vitality. Here in Japan,.. Read More