Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Hanami Workshop with Ikebana and Tea Ceremony

Hanami is a famous celebration 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

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