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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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Small Successes in my Ikebana Studies in Tokyo 3

4—[14] Keeping in Mind the View from Below Asparagus fern and mauve Phalaenopsis orchids in a three-throated, cream-coloured, tubular vase. Some arrangements are placed above eye level and the composition must reflect that point of view. We don’t always get … Continue reading

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Small Successes in My Ikebana Studies in Tokyo 2

4—[12] Focusing on the Uses of Water Fruiting Mikan (Citrus unshiu, or satsuma mandarin) and Pincushion Protea (Leucospermum) in a brown pottery suiban (flat dish). Not fixed with a kenzan (spiky frog). In this arrangement attention is given to the … Continue reading

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Small Successes in My Ikebana Studies in Tokyo 1

4—[8] Simplified arrangement Japanese winterberry (Illix serrata) in a red vase with two throats The objective of the arrangement is to manipulate the material by cutting, bending and removing unnecessary parts until nothing more can be removed. The ultimate aim … Continue reading

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Ikebana Progress

It’s almost possible to forget that I am in Tokyo—glorious autumnal Tokyo—to study ikebana. Classes ended for an extended period between the 20th and 29th of October due to a major exhibition at month’s end. Given that amount of time … Continue reading

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Finding Dinner

Though I often choose to enjoy my large meal at lunch (because a large meal mid-day is about half the price for the same standard of food and service), every day, no matter where I am, I face the question … Continue reading

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Rias Kammerchor Berlin in Tokyo

During my recent two-week recess from classes, extensive travels followed by technical difficulties with WiFi connection and balky computer performance, I continued to enjoy the pleasures of Tokyo’s various wards. In early November as part of a five-concert tour of … Continue reading

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Akita: The True North of Japan

Sometimes an idea calls me. When it does, I like to say yes.  The day after visiting Atami I used my JR East Rail Pass to visit Akita City. It is home to the Akita Museum of Fine Art: Hirano … Continue reading

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Update: MOA Museum of Art in Atami

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The MOA Museum of Art in Atami

When I bought the Shinkansen tickets to visit my friend in Yonezawa, the ticket agent informed me that it would be cheaper to buy a JR East Rail Pass. A pass would allow me five unlimited trips in a seven-day … Continue reading

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