Today was my last day as an Ikebana student! Finally! I have been brainstorming with myself (again) as to how my last three arrangements would look like. I want them to be unique and reflect who am I as an Ikebanist but at the same time, I do not want to divert much from the arrangements in the book. Excitement and nervousness juggled inside me as I headed to our.. Read More
It has been over a year now since I came back in Japan. And since I am staying here for quite a long time, I have enough time to explore the country and embrace its culture. But before I started exploring new places and admiring new trends, first few things that I did was to revisit the places I liked back when I was here in 2008. This article will.. Read More
Like other developed countries, Japan made a lot of sacrifices in terms of heritage and environment to meet the demands of globalization. Reclamation of lands and covering part of its coasts have been the immediate response to the increasing need for space for commerce and business areas. Hence, traditional methods to earning a living such as fishing have slowly vanished especially in the urban areas like Tokyo. The eastern part.. Read More
Last weekend our class participated in Seishincho Community Center’s Spring exhibition to encourage more people to join the various programs offered like painting, pottery, photography, dressmaking, green tea ceremony, and flower arrangement. The day was a bit ironic for the occasion. We are supposed to celebrate spring but outside were thick snow and heavy rain. With our tools and umbrella, my friend and I headed to the community center by.. Read More
I have tried fresh flowers in my salad or sweet ylang-ylang fritters on top of my cake.. but this is something intriguing.. If you are here in Japan and looking for something unique to give your loved ones this Valentine’s day try the rose ice cream or have an early spring threat of sakura ice cream.