Thursday, June 11, 2009

The flower of the day, Ajisai with Hanging vase, Jun 10

The flower at yesterday’s lesson was ajisai, hydrangea. It was small and pretty. But the flower is not the one I want you to look at. Can you tell where the vase is placed?

Yes, it is hanged on the column at *tokonoma. This hanging vase is called ayukago. Ayu means sweetfish and cago means a basket. Ayu is stream fish and its season starts now, early summer. Ayuago vases are used in Jun and July. I love the cool impression that spindly bamboo vase has(^-^) I think it’s neat to place a flower on the wall.

*Tokonoma is an alcove in a traditional Japanese room where art or flowers are displayed.

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