Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Sakura Viewing in Nishi-Kasai

Sakura viewing is one of the much-awaited events in Japan. This is the time when influx of people from all over the world visit the country to have a glimpse of the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Every year, between last week of March until second week of April, the whole country transforms into a beautiful and festive scenery. Major roads and tourists spots were planted with hundreds of cherry trees for.. Read More

Trip to the KitKat Chocolatory

Two weeks ago, I was able to visit the KitKat Chocolatory Corner in Seibu Ikebukuro. I just knew about it when somebody commented in my blogabout my journey in finding different flavors of KitKat chocolates here in Tokyo last month. She asked if I have visited the Chocolatory. And since KitKats are one of the favorite omiyages or souvenirs from Japan, there is always a new product to watch out for.. Read More

Flower Talks: Let the Plants Speak to You

My mom used to do flower talks while watering the plants in our garden. It is not always a literal chat with her plants. Most of the time, she just examine her plants and rearranging the pots for those who need more sunshine. Maybe that is where I learned how to observe plants in my own special way. For my past few arrangements, I had a great time and experience.. 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

How to Enjoy Summer while in Tokyo

I am not a big fan of summer here in Tokyo. From someone who came from a tropical country, I find Tokyo summer intensively hot and humid. While most locals try to get away from the urban heat, the alarming cases of people who suffered from heat stroke, and the somewhat irritating noise made by the cicadas, staying here  in the metro during summer is not that bad. Here are some.. Read More