Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Willow Stems and Other Greens

Whenever I see a set of willow stems in my flower set, my mind starts to think how I can play with them. These stems are one of the good materials to use for creating shapes and lines. They are also malleable and easy to bend. Last week, we got a set of willow with young leaves. But compared to single stems, we had a thicker kind with several young.. Read More

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

Voyage: An Ikebana and Pottery Exhibition

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust   Susumu and I will again venture into another voyage as we display and share our crafts on 22-24 September 2017. This time, we will do it in Yokohama where our friendship started back in 2009 when I was seconded in CITYNET.  We hope to welcome all of you there!  .. Read More

Summer Feels Brought Inside

It’s summer season once again here in Tokyo! Despite the cloudy and a bit rainy weather we have this week, the humid air tells me it is summer indeed. It is the time of the year when I dream of sitting under a coconut tree and enjoying the pearly beach back home. Unfortunately it is now monsoon season in the Philippines. Inspired by the season and the photo above, I.. Read More

New Arrangements from Old Materials

New Arrangements Old Materials

New arrangements do not always mean new materials to work with. This is one of the important things I learned when I started learning Ikebana. Some people think that Ikebana is an expensive hobby because you always need to have fresh flowers and leaves. But in reality, the Japanese flower art also teaches us to create new arrangements out of used or old materials. A few weeks ago, I got.. Read More