The Smell of Yukari: Arrangement #3

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

Weekly Ikenobo: Arrangemnet #2

Ahh arrangement #2. This was my second week of lessons and the first time I would be alone with my new teacher. Well not totally alone. I was wasn't the only student studying under her. Sometimes, there are women there taking lessons or finishing up when I arrive. Time is very flexible. I arrive after … Continue reading Weekly Ikenobo: Arrangemnet #2

Karatsu Kunchi: Feasting and House-hopping

Food and alcohol are undeniably an important part of Karatsu Kunchi. Locals open their houses to family, neighbors, friends, and even strangers to come and spend a little time eating and drinking. Most of the women and some of the men in the family will work tirelessly to prepare a variety and large quantities of food. … Continue reading Karatsu Kunchi: Feasting and House-hopping

Return to Ikebana: Arrangement 1

After a year I am returning to Ikebana. I am excited to get back to my flowers. Originally, I was taking Ikenobo classes at the local community center in my neighborhood but it became too expensive in the long run. after a few months of quitting the community program, I found out that one of … Continue reading Return to Ikebana: Arrangement 1