Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

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

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

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

Fillers As Stars in Ikebana

Fillers are small flowers or foliage that are used to complete an arrangement. They also complement the main flowers to make their beauty more visible. I find fillers very fascinating. For me they are as beautiful as most of the main flowers used in an arrangement. Hence, I made an Ikebana using common fillers as the main materials to showcase their beauty.   Ikebana Highlighting Fillers For this arrangement, I used Gypsophila or Bristol.. Read More

Purple Flowers for June

purple flowers ikebana

Purple flowers had been a part of our flower set during our Ikebana class for the past weeks.  When I asked my sensei about it, she said that purple flowers are abundant in June here in Japan. Maybe because it is one of the indicators that summer is already here. The colors of the flowers tend to go on the cooler shades like the hues of blue and purple. To embrace.. Read More