This week's arrangement introduced me to a new plant called Kangaroo Paw. My arrangement had the yellow variety but there are many kinds and colors of the kangaroo paw plant. This plant gets its name from the fuzzy flowers that look like the paws of kangaroo. The biggest lesson I learned doing this arrangement … Continue reading Yellow Kangaroos: Arrangement #7
I honestly don't remember this lesson (it's from awhile ago). This week just enjoy the before and after. Maybe you can find the differences and the potential lesson in the arrangement. Looking at my first attempt again, the big green leaf really bothers me now. It's too tall. I really taking pictures of … Continue reading Ikenobo Arrangement #6
One week I didn't have class, so when I went grocery shopping after work I saw these pretty flowers and thought - hey, I can practice on my own. This was my result. Daffodils are hard to arrange.
Long time no see friends! Sorry for the delay in posting. Between visiting home for Christmas and preparing the end of the Japanese school year I have quite busy. Never fear though as I have continued taking ikebana lessons and I will continue to share them will you. In this arrangement, I had a … Continue reading Less is More: Arrangement #4
This year I am trying to differentiate my reading. I love books and tend to collect them where ever I go (seriously though, during the Global CRC Program I ended up with my suitcase half-filled with books I had picked up over the year). But between getting burned out from university reading and working … Continue reading What I read this month – January Review
"Teaching is the greatest act of optimism." - Collen Wilcox
What is Yukari, you ask? It's Eucalyptus! Though probably not the kind you are thinking of (ie Koala food). So then, what kind of eucalyptus am I talking about? Well, that is a difficult question. There are over 700 species of eucalyptus in the world and the majority of them are found in Australia. Only … Continue reading The Smell of Yukari: Arrangement #3