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

Anthurium Ikebana Arrangements

Anthurium is a tropical flower famous for its heart and waxy shape. It has a long vase life which is ideal for an arrangement or display. Often times, we see them arranged vertically so that the hearts are visible. But this also gives the flowers a two-dimensional image because of its flat structure. Here in Japan, anthurium flowers are a bit expensive and rare. Most of the time, they come in pots.. Read More

Purple Statice As Focal Points

Purple statice are tiny cluster flowers which belongs to the Limonium family. Often times, it is serves as fillers in an arrangement. It is also a great material for drying because it can retain its color for a long time. Its stems can also be used to achieve fine yet solid lines.   Purple Statice to Complete the Arrangements   For the past few weeks, we had purple statice as.. Read More

Celebrating Year of the Rooster with Ikebana

rooster ikebana

This year is the Year of the Rooster based on the Chinese Zodiac.  Year of the Bird according to the Tibetan Sixty Year Cycle. For someone who is under the rooster, this year is a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Excited because it is my year.  At the same time, I am little scared because they say that this year is not good for those who are under this animal. Let’s.. Read More

Narcissus Ikebana Arrangements

Narcissus is one of the major flowers used in Ikebana. Since time immemorial, Japanese give high regard to this flower especially in winter and spring. For them, Narcissus reflects delicate beauty and resilience at the same time. When most of the fresh materials especially flowers are rare in winter, this small perennial can survive the cold weather. And when spring comes, it is the first to bloom elegantly.   Narcissus or.. Read More