Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

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

Monochromatic Ikebana

For today’s lesson, I decided to highlight single colors in my Ikebana arrangements. It is not that I am lazy to think of color combinations (hmm.. maybe partly correct since it has been two weeks or so that I have not done Ikebana ;)) but I think giving emphasis to just one color would strengthen its meaning or purpose. For my first arrangement, I chose to showcase the purity and.. Read More

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