10 everyday Japanese plants

A trip to East Asia isn’t complete without wandering around stunning Japan. From spring’s picturesque cherry blossoms to tall bamboo forests, Japanese plants have a lot to offer in terms of beauty and spiritual significance. Today’s guest blogger, Sasha Ivanova, is a London gardener, blogger and martial artist. She is passionate about growing from seed…

5 amazing bonsai trees to give a zen garden feel!

Zen gardens and bonsai are always a big favourite. Bonsai trees, in particular, have the ability to bring one into a zen-like state with just a gaze. As Mr. Miyagi knows, they go great in any zen garden, as they bring a peaceful vibe into the surrounding landscape.  Cultivation of bonsai trees is a long…

Exploring the emerging Plumeria trend in Japan

Some of you may have seen my recent trip around Japan for 3 weeks, where I indulged in and learnt so many new plants. One must-see on my visit list was the Insta-famous @plumeriaclub, an account I’d been following for many months. Owner Shirakawa-san had initially piqued by interest with his BLUE Plumeria (Frangipani) So,…

Speaking the language of plants: a visit to Yamaguchi-san

Never one to be put off by a potential problem, I quickly agreed a visit to Yamaguchi-san’s plant nursery in the hills of Mizunami, despite me only knowing 10 Japanese words and Yamaguchi none! I am forever indebted to Shigeto Tsukie for helping to fill my spare (horticultural) time in Japan this week. His kindness…

All about my stay in a capsule hotel in Tokyo

I’m on the road at the moment, well a little bit more than ‘on the road’. I’m actually in Japan, taking a couple of weeks to travel south, visit some places, check out some plants, and so on.. The first night of my touring was in Tokyo, in a capsule hotel. So, did I survive…

Japan 16. (Tokyo end)

Last day. Oh, Japan. I’ve been in you for two and a half weeks. Again, I wanted that duo “city and park sightseeing” style day today. Tbh, it’s essential if you don’t want to go crazy in the head! So I had a McDonald’s breakfast and hopped on the train, segafredo in hand. Cappuccino. And…

Japan 15. (Tokyo 3)

Tokyo. You make my face hurt. But in a good way! Okay, woah, what to report. This place is crazyyyy! It’s crazy. Crazy. But it’s not crazy all over. As with most Japanese things, it has complete contradiction. Like in Harajuku today, utterly manic, then I turn a corner and it’s like a country lane!…

Japan 12. (Kyoto 2)

Konitchiwa. Are you enjoying the blog so far? Please let me know. If nobody’s reading it, then I’ll write it all into a pocket diary instead, in pen. I’m in quite a western hotel, I can tell because I can do star jumps in the room. Yesterday.. what did I do? Oh yes, the basement…

Japan 11. (Deep in the countryside)

I was out in the big wide, Japanese world today. I got up early, and crowbarred my goods into my big black case, leaving two pairs of £10 shoes in the hotel room bin. Yet somehow my wash bag still didn’t fit, so that dangled from my backpack, like a snail with an outhouse. Armed…

Japan 8.

What have I done today? Well, first, I got a mini lay in, collection wasn’t until 10am.