Workshop 3rd & 4th March 2017

Posted on: Sat, 26 Nov 2016.
Categories: Ikebana | Workshops

There is my Ikebana workshop in Spring again. It’s a best time, I love this time of year. Looking forward to meeting you. Friday 3rd March 2017 10:30-12:30 Friday 3rd March 2017 13:00-15:00 Saturday 4th March 2017 10:30-12:30


June 2009

Posted on: Mon, 6 Jun 2016.
Categories: Family

There was an incident that brought back to me memories of a tragedy that occurred several years ago. I remember it as one of most tragic news stories of 2009. The news touched so many people in the world and I was one of them. Indeed, it has remained with me ever since. There was a family, the parents and their son, 5 year old called Sam, who all lived in Wiltshire. The father was British, the mother Japanese. Sam was hit by a car accident when he was just 16 months old and his neck was damaged. He was treated at the Bristol Children’s Hospital, a hospital I know well. Sam was crippled but I remember seeing a picture of him online in his wheelchair, smiling. The family moved to a new house and set up a charity for Sam on stuff4sam. But in 2009, he contracted meningitis and died at their home. The next day, his parents drove […]


Thursday 11th February 2016

Posted on: Mon, 18 Apr 2016.
Categories: Uncategorized

What a day! What an adventure! Calina (Sobriquet) a lady who lived quite a distance from the Wye Valley, had booked a private lesson with me that morning. She left her house at 6am and by 9:30 had arrived at the bottom of the road only 500 m or so from my house, all in good time for our 10:00 start. What happened next was as extraordinary as it was infuriating, with those last 500 m taking her an amazing two and a quarter more hours! Unfortunately, the road leading up to our house was closed due to roadworks and the installation of new underground water pipes. Calina phoned me from her car, asking for an alternative route, so I told her to head back up the river Wye to Llandogo, the next village and then come over the top, through the national forest. The dear lady dutifully drove back to the main road and headed North. Just ahead of […]


Intensive Ikebana Workshops Wye Valley, Wales UK

Posted on: Thu, 12 Nov 2015.
Categories: Uncategorized

Again, I would like to hold “Intensive Ikebana Workshop” on Sunday 7th and Thursday 11th February 2016 in Tintern, Wye Valley, Wales, UK. I look forward to meeting the people who attended before and also new people. Please look at the link below: Ikebana Workshop Sunday 7th & Thursday 11th 2016


Lamiales Perilla frutescens (L.), 赤紫蘇 (Aka Shiso)

Posted on: Mon, 19 Oct 2015.
Categories: Uncategorized

Aka Shiso means “Come back to life again with the purple leaves”. The leaves, we eat as raw, or with cooking also use for making pickled plums called Umeboshi (梅干し). Lamiales Perilla frutescens (L.), 赤紫蘇 (Aka Shiso) Aka Shiso means “Come back to life again with the purple leaves”. The leaves, we eat as raw, or with cooking also use to make pickled plums called Umeboshi. 昔に紫の葉を食べて蘇ったお話から紫蘇の漢字ができているそうですが、葉よりも、写真の紫蘇の実、とても良い香りでした。庭に天日干しされていた梅干しと、それを毎年つくっていた祖母のことを思い出しました。 梅干しに使うことしか知らなかったのですが、インターネットで検索してみると、なすの赤紫蘇漬け、実と枝の天ぷらにしたり、刺身の醤油に入れたり、赤紫蘇ジュースもあるし、ふりかけ(ゆかり!)、紫蘇塩ポテト和え、あぁ、おいしそう、唾が溜まって、もうダメ。


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