Wishing you all have a happy new year 2015

Posted on: Sun, 21 Dec 2014.
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Dear All, One year passed again. In 2014 for me, there were things I didn’t expect, there were things I started as a new challenge and so far I have survived somehow. Moving to Netherlands reminded me of when I moved to U.K. So many paper works and meetings. I finally received my resident permit last week three months after I applied. I have already met new people through flowers and gardening. Also local artists too. Those creative, busy people, they are always interesting, inspiring people in any country. I would love to start my Ikebana class in Arnhem this year. Very excited to meet new people at my Ikebana class in Netherlands. Wishing you all have a happy new year 2015. p.s. My next workshop in U.K. will be the Saturday 21st February 2014 at Tintern, Wye Valley, Wales. There are a daytime and an evening workshops. There is a healthy, vege-Japanese meal too. If you are interested in, […]


しだれ柳 Weeping Willow

Posted on: Sun, 16 Nov 2014.
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One of the trees I first noticed after I arrived in the Netherlands was Salix Babylonica or Weeping Willow. Some of their long branches reach down to the ground or touch the surface of water. They look majestic and rather gigantic when they stand alone in an open field. They remind me of the firework displays from my childhood in Japan – and one firework in particular that was always at the end of the display. Firework festivals are one of the best things to attend in the hot, humid Japanese summers – dressed in a kimono on a warm summer evening. There are many firework festivals and many types of fireworks too, but the one that resembles the weeping willow is called “Nishikikamulo” or “Shidareyanagi (Salix Babylonica). When you see this firework, it means that the festival is ending soon. So it’s an ending sign. The fluorescent streams from the Nishikikakuro firework appear to fall more slowly than the […]


The Japanese-inspired house in Wales became an occasional holiday-let house

Posted on: Mon, 8 Sep 2014.
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The Japanese-inspired house in Wales became an occasional holiday-let house. It is a little pity because our effort and experience to our house project was very interesting. It was also one of most intense period of time that me and my partner experienced our physical strength, a limit of our mind and our team work. The life has such a thing. If you are interested in staying to have a unique experience in a quiet forest setting with the log-fired hot tub on the top terrace, please see the site below.



Posted on: Mon, 4 Aug 2014.
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  I think about Hana. She was my dance partner at our first Peña night where we danced Alegrías. Yelow and red roses suited her. Most people with this name, whatever its spelling, Hannah, Hana, Hanna, knew its meaning in Japanese. It means “flower”. 花 in Kanji – with a crown of grass and a metamorphoses. Looking at these roses, I wonder what is there in the velvet veil.


Morning light 1

Posted on: Sun, 23 Mar 2014.
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Morning light pouring through tree pillars falls on the water in the stream. I could see the water splashing and rising up into the sunlight. It’s as though the light itself is causing the splashing as it hits the water’s surface. The vision stops us in our tracks.


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