Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Only Japan: People Feel Very Safe

I am starting a series of things that are uniquely Japanese. And I guess this one should be the first on my list: Only in Japan can you see people feel very safe and secured. My husband and I were having our Sakura viewing walk in Ueno a few weeks ago and these two Japanese guys really amazed us. They were comfortably sleeping on the picnic mats together with thousand.. Read More

Creating a Happy Place through Ikebana

They say that Ikebana is slowly dying in Japan since most of the younger Japanese ladies do not have time or interest to learn about it. But I also notice that a lot of people outside Japan are increasing. This means that although it might be gone soon in the country where it originated, Ikebana will continue to strengthen and expand globally. However, it also puzzles me where to draw.. Read More

Sakura Viewing in Tokyo

Spring is one of the most awaited season here in Japan. Not only because it is the start of nice weather but most especially because of the blooming cherry blossoms more popularly known as sakura. It is the time of the year where people go out of their niches and party under the Sakura trees. Locals and gaijins (foreigners) call this hanami.  A time where people can be merry, have picnic,.. Read More

Enjoying the Early Spring in Japan

Spring is one of the much awaited season here in Japan especially with the blooming of cherry blossoms or sakura. It is also the season when people, young and old, enjoy having picnics under the sakura trees or just stay outside to admire the beauty of the parks and streets adorned with different flowers. Despite the heavy winds last Sunday, my friend and I tried to also enjoy the beauty.. Read More

Expanding My Horizons as an Ikebanist

This month has been challenging because my training as an Ikebana sensei started. This time there are no books or styles to follow, no more stamps to secure, everything freestyle! Hence, it would be not easy to predict when I would be able to finish. Hopefully before the year ends I would be able to get my license or diploma as a fourth grade sensei or the Yonkyu Shihan title… Read More