It’s crazy to think that this is our third year attending our village’s biggest festival of the summer. I still remember vividly our first year: a roughly-one-hour walk through the rain to the venue. And last year, I got to try on a yukata for the first time! The tradition continues this year… Continue reading
A typhoon is approaching the region…! There was testing today and the students are being rushed home aka no classes for me. That means blog post. That means… another gallery of flower arrangements are here! The first set to my second year!! Continue reading
I have officially finished a full school year of flower arrangement courses! 😀
This school year felt like it came and went as quickly as cherry blossom season- incredibly quick yet memorable. I know I always say this, but I am so grateful to be a part of an amazing club. The girls are wonderful, and my teacher is always so sweet and helpful.
Winter semester of flower arrangement felt short. We only did four pieces starting from when the students came back from their winter breaks in January. We ended early February since a messy schedule of testing, high school entrance exams, and preparation for graduation was approaching.
A small amount compared with first and second semester, but nonetheless, had a lot of fun doing each one. Here they are!
It’s the start of the new school semester!!
It felt like my winter break was too short… After I came back to work, I immediately felt the stresses of some upcoming events: the 63rd annual Totsukawa Ekiden, and a 10-minute speech that I was to prepare and present in Japanese in front of the entire school. I spent my entire first day back dedicating myself to typing up my speech in English and then translating the best I could to Japanese before passing it off to a very good friend who edited my crummy translations into a speech worthy of presenting. (Thank you so much again Eri!!) I then spent the rest of the week waiting for the inevitable… the Totsukawa Ekiden. Continue reading
Here they are! My completed pieces from fall semester’s flower arrangement club. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend around five of the eight meeting times… Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to next year! Can’t wait to see what other flowers and techniques we’ll be working with. 🙂 Continue reading
It’s November already?!
The trees here are starting to change colors… Whenever I go out on my morning jog, I notice patches of yellow, orange, and red hues all along the mountain sides. It’s really pretty… Hopefully we’ll be able to get some pictures of the kouyou (autumn foliage) before they disappear.
There are two national holidays this month: the first being Culture Day and the second being Kinrou Kansha no Hi, or Labor Thanksgiving Day. Today, I’ll be talking about Culture Day which occurred earlier this month. Continue reading
Back in April, which is the start of the school year in Japan, I decided that I wanted to join my high school’s flower arrangement club. I figured, I wanted to somehow get a little more involved with my school while also discovering a new interest- I can honestly say that joining the flower arrangement club has been one of the best things I have done yet during my time here in Japan. I didn’t think I would have so much fun manipulating a plant’s shape and making something that was aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It’s something that I look forward to every Friday afternoon, and is the perfect way to start off my weekends.
Since it was my first time ever doing flower arrangement, most of the time I had no idea what I was doing. Luckily, my flower arrangement teacher would always swoop in and add some final touches to make the piece look complete.
So here are some of the pieces that I worked on last semester. We started off with a spring theme and worked our way towards summer-like plants. Continue reading