Wanders and Flowers

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Simple Ikebana: How to Highlight Simplicity

Simple Ikebana Arrangement

Simple Ikebana arrangements are what most people have in mind when they hear the word Ikebana. A single flower in a vase may look very easy to make. However, I always find it very challenging. Why? Because the simpler the arrangement, the more I need to think how to showcase the beauty of my material/s. Hence whenever I have the chance, I try to practice making simple arrangements for our home… Read More

Winter Sakura for Early Spring

Winter sakura may not be as popular as the usual cherry blossoms in spring. As early as Christmas, one can buy some of these blossoms in the flower shops. The flowers are a bit small and the color is lighter than the typical blooms we enjoy in April. While waiting for the sakura’s full bloom season here in Tokyo, these dainty flowers are gracing our local flower shops.   Winter.. Read More

Fancy Lines Using Flowers and Leaves

I always enjoy making fancy lines whenever I have the chance with my Ikebana. These are either straight or curve lines created using flowers and leaves. I call them fancy because they make the whole arrangement eye-catching. It somehow guides its audience at the same time, tickles their imagination to create shapes and figures in their minds.   Fancy Lines in Ikebana Arrangements  Last Tuesday while my students are practicing.. Read More

First Day High at Best Living Japan Ikebana Class

First day of everything is both exciting and terrifying for me most of the time. Last Tuesday was not an exemption. It was the first day of my Ikebana class for Best Living Japan.  Since my first meeting with them last October, I have started brainstorming and preparing little by little. However, nature has its own plan as we say. The day before my class, Tokyo experienced heavy snowfall. And.. Read More

Back to Basics for My Ikebana

Back to basics. You heard it right! For these few weeks at least. From time to time,  I sometimes go back and do arrangements focusing on shin-soe-hikae placements. But this time is a special case. Starting next Tuesday until early April, I will be teaching Ikebana to a group of ladies through Best Japan Living.   I am very excited and at the same time anxious. Excited because it is.. Read More