Category Archives: Flower traditions and lore

Ikebana – a brief overview of Japanese flower arrangements

At various library sales, I found two wonderful little books, dating back to the mid-1950’s, explaining the art of Japanese flower arrangements. Both were written to demystify Japan to foreigners; one was issued by the “Japan Travel Bureau, Tokyo” as … Continue reading

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Costmary – humble guardian of the feminine principle

I have a gathering of herbs in my garden that I use for cooking. Nothing out of the ordinary, but enough to pull off a decent meal here and there. Earlier this year, I came across a completely new (to me) herb … Continue reading

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Midsummer magic and the twilight pursuit of dreams

Today is Midsummer’s Eve, which – as an expat – always fills me with a sort of homesick melancholy. In Sweden, the Summer Solstice is a national holiday, whereas here it is a regular work day like any other. This … Continue reading

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