Wanders and Flowers

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Celebrations in Ikebana at Best Living Japan Class

Celebrations in Ikebana was the main theme for the recent Autumn Semester at Best Living Japan Ikebana Class. During each lesson, we first introduced the principles of Ikebana. Then we apply them to our arrangements for western festivities like Thanksgiving and Christmas. We also introduced Japanese traditions such the appreciation of autumn colors or Koyo. Western Celebrations in Ikebana For our Autumn semester, we conducted three classes – once a.. Read More

Holiday Arrangements for the Merry Season

holiday arrangements

It is the time of the year when our Ikebana class go away with traditional and do some holiday arrangements. Last Tuesday, all of us enjoyed making our arrangements not worrying about crowded flowers or forms. And instead of kenzan, we had floral foams for us to be able to bring home what we made. And during my afternoon session with sensei, I made a couple more to decorate our.. Read More

Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) Ikebana

March 3rd is Hina Matsuri or Doll Festival in Japan. Every year,  families with young daughters place a set of ornamental dolls called Hina dolls on a red-covered platform. These dolls represent the emperor and the empress together with their attendants and musicians dressed in Heian period. The parents and elders pray to these dolls for the safety of their children. There is also a belief that the dolls should.. Read More