Ikebana

Flower Containers Made of Bamboo

I have several flower containers made of bamboo.  A couple of them are baskets, which are intricately woven.  Baskets give you airy feel so they are suitable for summer arrangements.  Others are made of solid bamboo trunk. Some are lacquered and others are not. I thought I have enough containers so it was a surprise …

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Peony Tulips in Bloom

Peony Tulips are in Bloom The spring at the Pike Place Market, to me, means tulips! I ran into this “peony tulips”, and couldn’t help but use a bunch for my arrangement at Seattle Art Museum this week. At first I was trying to use the long neckline of tulips to create curves. The flowers, …

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Ikebana Empowers Women in Fiji!

Right after World War II, there were many widows left with small children in Japan.  Their husbands never came back. No bodies, no belongings of their loved ones… Many those women utilized their skill and knowledge of Ikebana by teaching at home in order to make a living. Ikebana was a way to empower women …

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Ikebana and Photography

Here is a photo I took at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show a couple of weeks ago. I have to confess…. The actual arrangement looked nothing like this photo.  It was so lively, rhythmical, and fun.  My photo totally lacked to capture its beauty. My excuse was that I’m not a professional photographer. I’m …

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