Ikebana finds tropical roots

By Julia Tan

December 2014 FEATURE
main image
Mountains and Seas.
Simplicity is a virtue in ikebana, the Japanese traditional flower arrangement. And in the tropics where colours – andcultures – often mesh in dizzying patterns, embracing ikebana philosophy is not a bad idea.Those who think that flower arrangement is a pastime for women are dead wrong – at least where the Japanese are concerned. Machiko Nakayama, who has made Penang her home for the past 27 years, explains: “Ikebana is simple, but beautiful. People think that it’s merely a hobby,...

Subscribe to our e-archive to read our older articles.

Julia Tan

went to primary and secondary school at Convent Pulau Tikus before continuing sixth form at St. Xavier’s Institution; any other school was out of the question. She misses the fried rice at the school canteen, and laments the passing of the wan tan mee lady.