Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

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

Incorporating the 3Rs (re-use, reduce, 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. 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 very excited because I.. Read More

Playing with Leaves

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