Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Yamabuki: The Golden Mountain Breeze

Yamabuki or Kerria japonica is a shrub native to China, Japan, and Korea. It belongs to the rose family and often times called as Mountain Rose. It has bright yellow small flowers which also represent the yellow color of gold. If translated, yamabuki means mountain breath. Yama means mountain, bu means breath, and ki means gold. This shrub spreads widely in the mountains, riverside, and gorges. In late spring, its.. Read More

Purple Statice As Focal Points

Purple statice are tiny cluster flowers which belongs to the Limonium family. Often times, it is serves as fillers in an arrangement. It is also a great material for drying because it can retain its color for a long time. Its stems can also be used to achieve fine yet solid lines.   Purple Statice to Complete the Arrangements   For the past few weeks, we had purple statice as.. Read More

Hanami Workshop with Ikebana and Tea Ceremony

Hanami is a famous┬ácelebration here in Japan in spring. The word hana means flowers while mi means to see. Literally it means “to see the flowers”. Most of the time, hanami season starts when the cherry blossoms or sakura start to bloom. During this time, people do picnic parties under the sakura trees. Others visit popular places known for sakura viewing and do long walks. With this, they do not.. Read More

Sweet Scents of Spring: Freestyle Ikebana

Sweet scents fill the air as the weather becomes warmer. The sidewalks and gardens become colorful with different blooms. Signs that spring is indeed here! As we wait for the sakura trees to fully bloom, bright and fragrant flowers give an early spring vibe.   One of the things I love about spring is the abundance of fragrant flowers. Be in the park; sidewalk; or flower shop, their sweet scents.. Read More

Sapporo Beer and Shirase Sunday

Sapporo Beer is one of the popular Japanese brands inside and outside Japan. Last March 5th, my husband and I together with our friends went for an afternoon factory tour at their brewery in Chiba. From Nishi-Kasai, we went to Tsudanuma station to meet Yoshi and Mika. From there, the four of us took the free bus shuttle headed to the brewery. It was shortly before 3:00 pm when we reached.. Read More