My love for nature, and particularly flowers, manifested itself from an early age. When I was in elementary school, I remember frequently picking up flowers from our garden in the morning, wrapping them in a newspaper and taking them to school, where I would use them to decorate our classroom. This was something that I did spontaneously, and it gave me so much joy!
When I learned Ikebana as an adult, I was really fortunate to have had an old_fashioned sensei (instructor) who not only taught me the theory and techniques, but also immersed me in the respectable manners and ways of the good old days. It is through my sensei that I learned that Ikebana goes beyond the typical art form, and that it is more of a way of life; in fact, Ikebana is also known as kado, which literally means "the way of the flower."