Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

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

Bamboo Vases for Early Autumn

When you hear about Asia, one of the first things that come to mind is bamboo. In Japan, it reflects resilience, strength, purity, and innocence. It is also one of the most used materials for Ikebana arrangements. During our summer trip in Nagano, my friend gave me a couple of bamboo vases. They were from her parents-in-law. And because it was summer vacation for our Ikebana class, it was only.. Read More

Climate Change in Ikebana

Climate change has been and still a major concern not only for the governments but most especially the communities. Every now and then, we saw the damaging effects it brought all over the world. Various efforts from different institutions especially the national and local governments have been undertaken. However, there is still a lot to be done in order to somehow lessen the alarming effects of climate change. For the past few.. 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