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“Turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so.” Those lyrics are from an old, one-hit wonder band, the Vapors. In this song the idea of taking pictures gets twisted a bit. Later lyrics include,”I want a doctor to take your picture, So I can look at you from inside as well” – suggesting complete obsession with the subject.

What does it mean? What does that have to do with this? Other than this is the second consecutive subject of a blog post that is something Japanese, nothing. I just like the song and it makes me smile.

So, we are up to the letter, “i” in the dictionary and I found this word somewhere between ignorance and illegitimate, so there it is. Ikebana is, according to Webster’s, the Japanese art of arranging flowers. Although the true history of the craft is listed as unidentified in Wikipedia, the future of the practice is likely to be bright, given the sources of instruction available today. 

If you’ve come this far, thank you for reading my blog. If I had not started this project, I would know nothing about Happi or Ikebana. Maybe it’s the same for you?