Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Peony: Subtle Yet Captivating

Peony flowers has long been a favorite in Asian arts like paintings, poems, and even tattoos. It represents honor, wealth, romance, and beauty in all forms. There are special exhibitions for peony here in Japan between mid-April to mid-May. During this time, locals and foreign visitors can enjoy its beauty and subtle fragrance.   This year, I was fortunate to see one of these exhibitions at Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura… Read More

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

Anthurium Ikebana Arrangements

Anthurium is a tropical flower famous for its heart and waxy shape. It has a long vase life which is ideal for an arrangement or display. Often times, we see them arranged vertically so that the hearts are visible. But this also gives the flowers a two-dimensional image because of its flat structure. Here in Japan, anthurium flowers are a bit expensive and rare. Most of the time, they come in pots.. Read More

Sweet Scents of Spring: Freestyle Ikebana

Sweet scents fill the air as the weather becomes warmer. The sidewalks and gardens become colorful with different blooms. Signs that spring is indeed here! As we wait for the sakura trees to fully bloom, bright and fragrant flowers give an early spring vibe.   One of the things I love about spring is the abundance of fragrant flowers. Be in the park; sidewalk; or flower shop, their sweet scents.. Read More

Pastel Colors and Branches

Pastel colors always give me a hint that spring is just around the corner. Flowers here and there start to bloom welcoming the warm sunshine and nice cool air. Different shades of pink and yellow blend nicely with the fresh greens and bright whites. Since the first week of February, our Ikebana class receive a lot of flowers in pastel colors. We also get a handful of branches to match with… Read More