Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

2017 Seishincho Ikebana Exhibition

The 2017 Seishincho Ikebana Exhibition was successful despite the heavy rain last weekend. It is part of Seishincho Community Center’s annual festival in celebration of the Respect for the Elderly Day here in Edogawa. It is this time of the year when the community center opens its doors to showcase the works and talents of different classes held there. Visitors could enjoy displays such as paintings, calligraphy, haiku, kimono dresses, and.. Read More

Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) Ikebana

March 3rd is Hina Matsuri or Doll Festival in Japan. Every year,  families with young daughters place a set of ornamental dolls called Hina dolls on a red-covered platform. These dolls represent the emperor and the empress together with their attendants and musicians dressed in Heian period. The parents and elders pray to these dolls for the safety of their children. There is also a belief that the dolls should.. Read More

Autumn Arrangements: Leaves, Fruits, Stems

Autumn is officially here! Still a bit humid but relatively better than summer weather. As the temperature starts to drop down little by little, the leaves also start to change its colors. I am excited to see red Momijis (Japanese maple) and bright yellow Ginko leaves very soon! At the moment most leaves are still dark green. But compared to other seasons, leaves; stems; and berry plants are abundant in the flower.. Read More

Flowers for My Mom

Today is my mom’s 67th birthday. Today is also the 11th year that we are not celebrating this special day with her. In 2005, my mom was diagnosed with cancer of the bone. It was very abrupt. And until now, the day when we lost her feels like very recent. We always miss her especially her sermons; how she looks when she gets angry; her excitement over a new plant;.. Read More

Wind As Element in Ikebana

Wind..invisible to the eye yet gives a strong feeling to a person. Its cool breeze relaxes a tired soul while its strong blow gives fear to a vulnerable heart. It is also one of the elements that distinguish Ikebana from other flower arrangements. During the early stages of my Ikebana study, I learned that wind and space as an element are as important as the materials I use in making my arrangements… Read More