Author Archives: Lynda Philippsen

Choosing Chinese Characters for My Flower Name

In addition to choosing Rindou (Gentian) as a personal flower name after completing my Sogetsu Ikebana Level 4 Certificate, I was informed that I would need to select Chinese characters with which to write the name—one for each syllable rin … Continue reading

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A New Point of View

4.17 Arrangement with Plants on a Wall In her New York Times best-selling book Stress Less, Accomplish More, Emily Fletcher (founder of Ziva Meditation the world’s first online meditation training program) believes that attempts to judge any creative endeavor and … Continue reading

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A New Name

A few months ago, my friend Azusa and I sat with our smart phones in a crowded Omotesando yakitori bar. Between delicious skewers of chicken, various delectable side dishes, wine and Japanese highball (a whisky-based soda drink the Japanese have … Continue reading

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Out of This World

When astronauts return from time spent in space, how do they react to their return to earth? The Human Research Program at NASA notes that astronauts experience various disturbances to human physiology as a result of sleep disruptions, confined environments … Continue reading

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Busy Days

Since acquiring my new home I have been busy. Creating blog posts has not been priority one. Instead, I revved up into high gear the moment the keys were mine. I immediately called in Fuzzy Wuzzy Carpets a local firm … Continue reading

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Almost Home

Today is much like one of those evening flight, waiting-around-with-nothing-to-do at the airport days. Except that no one is going to bring me drinks once I’m on board. In 9 hours I get the keys to my new home! I’m … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Victoria

I was surprised during a visit to a local mall to view a Christmas tree display to find a compass rose pointing to Tokyo more than 7500 kilometers distant. Sometimes it feels as if it were that many days. I’ve … Continue reading

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Lunch at Lature

Over the years Anne has been a splendid dinner companion with whom I’ve enjoyed numerous restaurants in the Vancouver area. There’s never been a dud among the numerous options she’s suggested. She was taking her first trip to Japan in … Continue reading

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Small Successes in My Ikebana Studies in Tokyo 5

4—[18] In a Suiban without Kenzan Alder (Alnus) branches and long-stemmed green roses (Rosa) in a green suiban (flat dish). The morning lesson went badly. Without a doubt it had to be the worst arrangement I have ever made. And … Continue reading

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Small Successes in My Ikebana Studies in Tokyo 4

4—[15] Keeping in Mind the view from Above Japanese witch hazel (Hamamalis japonica) branches and cosmos (Cosmos), also known as the cherry blossoms of autumn in Japan, in a two-toned blue container with five openings. In an arrangement for a … Continue reading

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