All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances;

by W. Shakespeare, "As you like it", Act 2, Scene 7
I use the Tokonoma to resemble "A STAGE". The Tokonoma is usually the alcove in a Japanese residence that is used to display special art, such as scrolls and flower arrangement. I make a stage and a flower vase out of iron. The Tokonoma is a solemn stage upon which the true heart of flowers can be expressed.
“Flowers” are nature-made. “Iron products” are human-made. “Flowers” that are inserted in “Iron” now play a new role. The relationship created on the stage is one that shines, tells a story and is complementary.
Eventually, “Flowers” decay. “Iron” rusts. They return to their natural state.
I read the heart of nature continuously, through the act of arranging flowers.
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