Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

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

OKAERI : An Ikebana and Pottery Exhibition

OKAERI is a Japanese word which means welcome home. Each time a Japanese comes enters his/her house, he or she would often say “Tadaima” which means “I’m home.” As a response, the person already inside the house would say “Okaerinasai” or its short form “Okaeri.”   OKAERI is also the title of our first collaborative exhibition this coming 11-14 November 2016 at Gallery & Studio r_cafe in Yotsuya-sanchome, Shinjuku, Tokyo… Read More

Purple Flowers for June

purple flowers ikebana

Purple flowers had been a part of our flower set during our Ikebana class for the past weeks.  When I asked my sensei about it, she said that purple flowers are abundant in June here in Japan. Maybe because it is one of the indicators that summer is already here. The colors of the flowers tend to go on the cooler shades like the hues of blue and purple. To embrace.. Read More

Sticks and Stone

After doing my special lessons one Tuesday afternoon, I was about to throw my leftover materials when my sensei asked me to make another one. I was left with some Horsetail grass and a bunch of white Mums. It took me a while before I was able to come up with a design. And since I already used the vases I brought, I needed to borrow one from my friend.. Read More

Pots and Bowls for Ikebana

I often recommend to my friends outside Japan to use pots and bowls for Ikebana. Shallow vases or containers for this purpose are not that easy to findunless you are an Ikebana student or practitioner who has access to different schools or groups. A few weeks ago, I tried to share my Ikebana with a friend who is living in Europe at the moment. I sent her a set of instructions.. Read More