Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Small Vases Big Impact

I rarely use small vases when I make Ikebana. I find them challenging because it limits the number of fresh materials I can use. Which most of the time one or two stems of flowers or leaves max.  On the other hand, I find it enjoyable placing flowers in small containers. It is like playing with Lego or Nanoblock.   Creating Ikebana Using Small Vases  My first attempt to create.. Read More

Tropical Plants for the Japanese Flower Art

Tropical plants are rare gems. At least from where I am at the moment. Back then, I just see them growing from our garden. Sometimes I secretly cut them from our neighbor’s. Little did I know that I will be excited to see them in botanical gardens and in our Ikebana flower set.   Last Tuesday, our flower set at Seishincho Ikebana class included light green Anthuriums and red orange.. Read More

Happy Moments at BLJ Ikebana Class

Happy moments with a dash of haggardness and a sprinkle of workout. This best described how the first four months of my year was. Mostly because of the BLJ Ikebana Class. From January until April, I have collaborated with Best Living Japan.  It was a series of Ikebana class mainly for foreigners living in Tokyo. The lessons were held every Tuesday afternoon at BLJ studio. For 10 Tuesdays, I was.. Read More

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

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