Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Preserving My Ikebana

A friend once asked me if I dry the flowers I used in my Ikebana arrangements and put them in a frame to preserve them. I said no. First of all, I am not a big fan of dried flowers. Second, maybe because I don’t know how to do it properly. Third, we do not have enough space where I can keep them without seeing it as a clutter in.. Read More

Reminiscing: Ueno, Why Do I Love Thee?

If there are places in Japan that I will not get tired of visiting, Ueno will be on my top three. I just love this place especially the areas around and near the main train station. It’s anything and everything in Ueno – shrines, temples, parks, museums, food, shopping centers, karaoke bars, izakayas, pubs, etc. During the old times, Ueno serves as a nodal point for business, economy, and travel.. Read More

My Last Day as an Ikebana Student

Today was my last day as an Ikebana student! Finally! I have been brainstorming with myself (again) as to how my last three arrangements would look like.  I want them to be unique and reflect who am I as an Ikebanist but at the same time, I do not want to divert much from the arrangements in the book. Excitement and nervousness juggled inside me as I headed to our.. Read More

Reminiscing: Everything Started in Yokohama

It has been over a year now since I came back in Japan. And since I am staying here for quite a long time, I have enough time to explore the country and embrace its culture.  But before I started exploring new places and admiring new trends, first few things that I did was to revisit the places I liked back when I was here in 2008. This article will.. Read More

Preserving Cultural Heritage through Volunteerism: A Visit to Urayasu City Folk Museum

Like other developed countries, Japan made a lot of sacrifices in terms of heritage and environment to meet the demands of globalization. Reclamation of lands and covering part of its coasts have been the immediate response to the increasing need for space for commerce and business areas. Hence, traditional methods to earning a living such as fishing have slowly vanished especially in the urban areas like Tokyo. The eastern part.. Read More