Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Snowstorm in Tokyo

Last Saturday, Tokyo experienced its first heavy snowfall in 13 years. News reported injuries and even deaths caused by the ravaging snow. Some areas in Tokyo, Chiba, and Ibaraki did not have power supply until the following morning. It might be scary in a bigger picture but nevertheless experiencing such in Tokyo is rare and something to seize upon. My husband and I stayed at home most of the time.. Read More

Tokyo 101 for Animal Lovers

I guess Japan is one of the few countries that really care for animals not only by law but also by normal people you can meet on the streets. I do not have a pet in our house because 1) I do not want to undergo a tedious process of producing clearances and paying hell a lot to be allowed to have a pet at home; 2) our building do.. Read More

Flowers in a Paper Boat

I have always been a little sentimental when it comes to throwing things in the trash. As much as possible I want to make something useful and creative out of old things first before I decide when it is okay to let go.  Maybe it is just my love for making crafts out of craps. A few days ago I have been a little preoccupied with the arrangement that I.. Read More

Our Autumn Hikes

I love autumn. I love it when the summer’s heat starts to cool down and the colors of the leaves are changing. And to enjoy this season to the fullest, me and my husband did some hiking just near Tokyo. First we went to Mt. Mitake in Okutuma region, westernmost part of Tokyo. Train ride was about an two hours from our station (30 minutes from Nishi-Kasai to Nakano and.. Read More

On my Path to Becoming an Ikebana Sensei

Consider this as a sequel of my earlier post From Paper Roses to Ikebana. But this time, it is about my journey to becoming an Ikebana sensei or teacher. By end of February next month, I will finish my final course as a student. A week after that, my training for sensei level will begin. Like any other art or craft, Ikebana requires patience, willingness to learn, creativity, and patience… Read More