Thursday, December 18, 2014

You in Ikebana -on holidays

Materials: Holly, winterburry, pointetia and painted bamboo
Container: Ceramic vase created by chih
My sensei Ms. Lin would like us to arrange this expressing arrangement. It can reflect the one's thinking either now or past.  Ikebana was always my passionate and now I able to arrange the flower also can create my own container for my Ikebana in the golden age.  I thanks God's grace and mercy special on Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus.    (12-16-2014)
Center piece for the Christmas party in Grace Church on 12-21-14

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The winter is here

Materials: dried branch and banana leave, calla lily and baby breaths.
container: ceramic suiban
The trees are bare and the ground is all covered with the dried leaves.   It is the scene of winter.  We had couples of snow shows but big one yet to come according to what people predicted.
Here is my arrangement for scene of winter.(12-16-2014)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dried materials and midollinos

Materials: Branches,hydrangea,philodendron  pepper and midollinos
Container : Ceramic vase.
Ms. Lin's Demo- Branches,midollinos and calla lily
An  assignment for this class is using dried branches which Ms. Lin gave to us and created a design with midollino's stick.  I was inspired by persimmon's tree this trip of Japan . Three persimmons made from midollino sticks were hanged on the dried branches and a spider web on it. (11-25-2014)

Thanksgiving arrangement

Today is the November's only class and two days before Thanksgiving holiday. So here we are using fruits and vegetable for thanksgiving arrangement to thank God for he so kind to us,thanks our country to protect us, our community,friends,family and everything we have .  We are so lucky indeed. (11-25-2014)  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Satojima 佐渡島,君の名は

The movie「君の名は」was shot in here (Satojima)
Beautiful coast line

Author 菊田一夫     and   His famous movie   「請問芳名」-9/15/1953 by 岸惠子 and 佐田啟ニ
The movie was a big hit when its played in Taiwan so many years later , I still remembered people stood in the line waiting to purchase the ticket even they had three parts.
Dean sang the song of「君の名は」 in front of  the monument (big stone) with another tourist. We were moved by them.
Shukunige village
Ship shaped Warehouse
Wood tub-shaped boats
Sato island lies off the coast of Nijgate prefecture and is one of the Japan's largest island. A way of life that respects the environment to exist in harmony with nature the true Japanese spirit.
Ogi town located on Sato island's southern coast is a small port town know for taraibune (wood tub -shaped boats)  were originally used for collecting seaweed from the water around Ogi and became a tourist attraction today .
Shukunige Village used to be a ship building town and a number of its house are built out of lumber salvaged from boats hulls.  The entire village had preserved its old town looks until  today. (10-17-2014)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kurobe Gorge, Tateyama 黑部峽谷和立山

Those pictures were taken from inside the train

The bridge built for monkey to cross river

The original resident 

Hurobe Dam

Having seen modern and historical Japan, It is time to see the beauty of natural Japan.
The Kurobe Gorge was carved by the Kurobe river, a deep,steep sided canyon with breathtaking cliffs dropping straight into water of the upper and middle basins of the Kurobe river. The rugged terrain has allowed the Kurobe Gorge to remain in its natural state.  For a truly inspirational journey.we took the train along the Kurobe Gorge railroad that runs through the Gorge and experienced its beautiful untouched forests and steep cliffs.
The Kurobe Gorge Railway, a sightseeing train originally built to aid the construction of the Kurobe Dam. The exciting 80 minutes journey leads across more than 20 bridges and through over 40 tunnels and offers visitors panoramic views of the gorge below.  The trains stop at a few stations along the way where visitor can get off and explore. (10-15-14)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Noto peninsula , Kagaya (能登半島,加賀屋)

"Senmaida " literally means one thousand rice paddies
Mitsukejima rock: one of the most popular spots of the coastal area

This was our lunch -Chirashi at local restaurant 

Arrangement in Kagaya

Kagaya  lobby's flower arrangement
Arranged in the water
In the water arrangement 

The  musician  performed a Japanese music
Dinner at Kagaya

Performance of drummer during the dinner
Can you count how many dishes?

We came to Wajima because it Asaichi market (morning market)  has been around in Wajima for hundreds of years and is a place you can buy local produce,seafood and other produces. But due to typhoon 19 we found nobody there but us next morning.
In the Noto Peninsula you discovered different side of Japan.   It is a place where traditional fishing,forest and agriculture method are preserve to this day.Peninsula is know for its beautiful coastal scenery.
At lunch time we stop at local restaurant which Dean found 海よ友よfrom online; a typical Japanese restaurant their Chirashi was excellent and price was the best.
That night we stay at  Wakura onsen hotel " Kagaya" is being continuously won the overall "first place" for" 33 years in a row"
Open air private onsen tub
Because our youngest daughter came with us (3 in 1 room) in return we had biggest room plus open air private onsen tub. Are they interesting ?(10-14-14)