Wanders and Flowers

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Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) Ikebana

March 3rd is Hina Matsuri or Doll Festival in Japan. Every year,  families with young daughters place a set of ornamental dolls called Hina dolls on a red-covered platform. These dolls represent the emperor and the empress together with their attendants and musicians dressed in Heian period. The parents and elders pray to these dolls for the safety of their children. There is also a belief that the dolls should.. Read More

Pastel Colors and Branches

Pastel colors always give me a hint that spring is just around the corner. Flowers here and there start to bloom welcoming the warm sunshine and nice cool air. Different shades of pink and yellow blend nicely with the fresh greens and bright whites. Since the first week of February, our Ikebana class receive a lot of flowers in pastel colors. We also get a handful of branches to match with… Read More

Celebrating Year of the Rooster with Ikebana

rooster ikebana

This year is the Year of the Rooster based on the Chinese Zodiac.  Year of the Bird according to the Tibetan Sixty Year Cycle. For someone who is under the rooster, this year is a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Excited because it is my year.  At the same time, I am little scared because they say that this year is not good for those who are under this animal. Let’s.. Read More

Narcissus Ikebana Arrangements

Narcissus is one of the major flowers used in Ikebana. Since time immemorial, Japanese give high regard to this flower especially in winter and spring. For them, Narcissus reflects delicate beauty and resilience at the same time. When most of the fresh materials especially flowers are rare in winter, this small perennial can survive the cold weather. And when spring comes, it is the first to bloom elegantly.   Narcissus or.. Read More

Ikebana and Tea Ceremony Workshop

Tea Ceremony is one of the popular traditional practices here in Japan. Since time immemorial, Japanese conduct tea ceremony for official, business, or personal purposes. At present, it is one of the key factors that attract foreigners to learn and appreciate Japanese culture in and out of the country. Yesterday, I had  the privilege to combine this tradition with Ikebana which is another Japanese culture. Ms. Kaori Watanabe, the owner.. Read More