Bonsai Suishoen & Matsusue-Sensei // Understanding the Art // Understanding the Skill // Making a Bonsai // Maintaining Bonsai // Amazing Hospitality! I knew very little about bonsai 盆栽 before this week. Although I have previously read about it (and even tried to make one when I was a student at Threave), I’d mostly forgotten anything I… Read More Bonsai 盆栽 are Bendigedig!
Ikebana 生け花 Class at Ikenobo // Tea Ceremony 茶の湯 at Sumiya Ryokan Ikebana and tea ceremony are two of the fundamental pillars of Japanese high culture* and any person wishing to be considered refined (one of my top wishes, actually) should be trained in both. Though both originated as men-only activities, both became a requirement for women to master… Read More Learning to Be a Lady
Conservatory Changeover // Pot or No Pot? // Girls Day // Cherry Blossom is Starting Spring has come! At least inside Kiseki no Hoshi it has. Last week it suddenly got really warm and lovely: I turned my heating off, put my hot water bottle away and even looked up the Japanese for suncream. Yesterday, however,… Read More Spring has Sprung // Harugakita 春が来た