Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

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

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