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 arrangments from … 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
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
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
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
Beginning at the Choho-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan over 550 years ago Ikenobo is considered to be the origin of ikebana. Roughly translated Ikenobo means "A priest's hut by a pond" - IKE = pond and BO = Priest's hut. The priests have been master arrangers for generations and I will share a few of … Continue reading Blooming Mondays: Ikenobo