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Hikaru Seino – Ganon Florist

July 9th, 2014  |  by  |  published in ARTS, FEATURE | Comments Off on Hikaru Seino – Ganon Florist

Hikaru Seino – Ganon Florist

Good ol’ Lynn Valley, 2011, a balmy summer evening: where and when I first met Hikaru Seino. After returning to his hometown of Sapporo, Hikaru-san started up Ganon Florist specializing in beautiful, evocative floral designs that are anywhere from tastefully conservative to sublime. “Ganon” is derived from Japanese “ガンガン恩返し” which is roughly an expression about […]

Takanori Aiba – Bonsai!

June 26th, 2014  |  by  |  published in ARTS, FEATURE | Comments Off on Takanori Aiba – Bonsai!


A lot of us run random searches on things sometimes just to see what’s out there. Sometimes, I’ll run an identical search months or years later to see what’s changed. In November 2013, I revisited a search on “bonsai trees” and “Zen gardens.” What I unlocked was a door to the fascinating world of Japanese, […]


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a heterogeneous mixture : jumble

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