Ikebana finds tropical roots

By Julia Tan

December 2014 FEATURE
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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,...

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Julia Tan

Julia "Bubba" Tan is editor of Penang Monthly and Head of Penang Institute's Publishing Unit. Some of her earliest memories are of her running rampant in her grandfather's garden.