Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Tokyo Imperial Palace: Behind the Walls

Tokyo Imperial Palace is one of the must-see places when touring Japan particularly Tokyo. It is a vast green space at the heart of the country’s financial and government district, just a few blocks outside Tokyo Station. Every new year, the palace ground becomes crowded as people fall in line to see and hear Emperor. On ordinary days, visitors can only access the Imperial East Garden and the Kokyo Gaien. Both are outside the.. Read More

Peony: Subtle Yet Captivating

Peony flowers has long been a favorite in Asian arts like paintings, poems, and even tattoos. It represents honor, wealth, romance, and beauty in all forms. There are special exhibitions for peony here in Japan between mid-April to mid-May. During this time, locals and foreign visitors can enjoy its beauty and subtle fragrance.   This year, I was fortunate to see one of these exhibitions at Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura… Read More

Produce from Our Balcony Garden

balcony produce

This year’s produce from our balcony garden is a mixture of good and not so good. We had a bit of radical temperature changes for a couple weeks recently. Too warm at lunchtime and then sudden drop at nighttime. Some days are very sunny almost like mid-summer. But there are days when we it is cold and rainy.   Sweet Produce From Our Balcony Our strawberries and mulberries were abundant.. Read More

Carnation: Elegance and Versatility

Carnation is one of the popular flowers often preferred for bouquets or centrepieces. It is also a favorite flower to give as gift on Mother’s Day and Teacher’s Day. Originally, its natural color is bright pinkish-purple. But because of modern technology, this flower is now available is array of colors whole year round. Each color of the carnation has a symbol or meaning similar to other flowers. However in general this flower expresses.. Read More

Wisteria Watching at Kameido Tenjin

Wisteria

Wisteria is now one of the most-awaited season here in Japan next to sakura or cherry blossoms. From early May until June, lots of locals and foreigners visit Ashikaga Flower Park, Aichi, anf Fukuoka for a mesmerizing moment under the wisteria showers.   As part of our Golden Week escapades, my husband and I went to Kameido Tenjin in Sumida City to see these beautiful flowers. It was a sunny.. Read More