Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

May 5 is Boys Day in Japan

May 5 is designated as part of the Golden Week holiday here in Japan as they celebrate Children’s Day. Before Japan switched to the Gregorian calendar, this day was celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th moon. It’s original name was Tango no Sekku or Feast of Banners to give honor to young boys. In 1948, it was renamed Kodomo no Hi by the government to celebrate happiness of all.. Read More

Yukiko no Kabin (Yukiko’s Vase)

Yukiko is our next door Japanese neighbor. She has always been of big help especially when we need assistance in filling up Japanese forms or understanding the notices sent to us by mail. Last Friday, she and her family moved to Fukushima. Her husband was assigned to work there. It has been a gloomy week for me, my husband, and our other friends. We will surely miss her and her.. 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

My 2015 Ikebana Exhibition Piece

During the past few months, I was preoccupied brainstorming with myself about my design for this year’s Ikebana exhibition in Seishincho Community Center. I sketched some samples but for some reason, they all felt lacking. This year’s exhibition is very special for me because it is my final arrangement and sort of an exam to confirm my license as a Fourth Level Ikebana Sensei (teacher) or Yonkyu Shihan. I was fortunate that my husband is very.. 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