Ikebana with Dried Materials


Happy Thanksgiving to you! Normally I travel during the Thanksgiving week, but this year I’m stuck at home.  Why not decorate our house with long-lasting arrangements during the holiday?  Dried materials come in handy.  Cut branches, Chinese Lantern, dried hydrangea… When it’s getting harder to find fresh flowers in the yard, it’s the time to …

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Practicing Tea Ceremony Online

tea ceremony online

First Ikebana flower arrangement, and then tea ceremony… Now my two main practices are both conducted online. I use my old iPhone as an external webcam.  I connect the webcam to my computer so that I can see what the webcam is capturing on my computer screen.  Before the class starts, I double check the …

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What is Shichi Go San

November 15 is a holiday called Shichi Go San in Japan.  Shichi means 7, Go means 5, and San means 3.  When a girl becomes 3 and 7, and a boy becomes 5 years old, we celebrate it by visiting a shrine or temple dressed up. I don’t know much of the history, like why …

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Bunka no Hi Goes Virtual

Bunka no hi

November 3rd is a national holiday in Japan called Bunka no Hi (文化の日). It literally means Cultural Day in Japanese.  Every year around this day,  Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) has held an event dedicated to celebrating, commemorating, and educating the public about Japanese and Japanese American Culture in the Seattle area.  …

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