Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Typhoon Vongfong: Beauty Amidst the Storm

Typhoon Vongfong. Yesterday was again a challenge for Japan as the said typhoon hit the country with its strong wind and heavy rainfalls. Although the rain stopped this morning and sun is brightly shining, the strong wind is still making difficult for me to even open my door. As my friend and I biked our way to Seishincho Community Centre for our Ikebana class, we were almost blown away by the.. Read More

Heaven and Earth Seen Through Ikebana

During our last week’s Ikebana class, I was fortunate to have very interesting materials to work on –  some branches with small red fruits, ti leaves, day lilies, white chrysanthemums, and red cockscomb. Combining these materials with my ceramic vase designed with mountains, I tried to create an image which I usually use in traditional Chinese and Japanese paintings. The branches serves as  the trees found in the mountains; white.. Read More

Flower Talks: Let the Plants Speak to You

My mom used to do flower talks while watering the plants in our garden. It is not always a literal chat with her plants. Most of the time, she just examine her plants and rearranging the pots for those who need more sunshine. Maybe that is where I learned how to observe plants in my own special way. For my past few arrangements, I had a great time and experience.. Read More

2014 Seishincho Autumn Festival

It’s the time of the year when people here in Japan start to say goodbye to the summer heat and welcome the cool breeze of autumn. Although it is a bit early, Momiji (Japanese maple) leaves begin to change its color. Likewise, Ginko trees are getting brighter everyday. Welcoming autumn is also something we look forward here in Edogawa especially me because of the annual autumn festival held in Seishincho.. Read More

Before They Were Three, Now They Are One

As I go on with my training as an Ikebana sensei, I try to focus on improving my weak areas such as making arrangements without using kenzan; and using unconventional materials. For yesterday’s special lesson with my sensei, I again tried to challenge myself by making arrangements using tall vases. They call this as Nagaire  wherein materials are arranged in a tall cylindrical vase without using kenzan or the spiky frog… Read More