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

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

Beauty from Trash

On my way home last Monday, I noticed an old man trimming a pine tree in front of their house. What got my attention more were the cuttings laying on the ground. I walked near him and asked if I can take some of the cuttings. Although I can see that he is curious why a gaijin (foreigner) asking for such, he was glad to allow me pick up some stems. He.. Read More