“Aquarium” is a marine Ikebana poem which wouldn’t have been written if not for the sudden appearance of the Corona pandemic during which you and me and just about everyone else felt our lives to be restrained from the depth of the ocean, more or less, to the transparent limits of an aquarium.

A question I get asked often is how to read marine Ikebana poetry. Marine Ikebana poetry compositions are different from what you may learn in Ikebana schools…

Blue spaces include any body of water such as a fountain, a hot spring, a pond, a lake, even a sea or an ocean if you live in a coastal area. Being near them for extended periods of time has several health benefits:

Two years and a half passed since I got back to learning Japanese after a 10-year gap during which I let the desire to speak and write fluently in this language to simmer quietly in my brain. As I wrote in the first post from this series of updates (link here), my sense of aesthetic […]

Written by Anca Ioviţă and originally published on https://zexprwire.com/diamond-dust-poems-from-the-black-sea-a-book-series-of-poetic-marine-ikebana-compositions/ December 3, 2020, ZEXPRWIRE, Published on November 9th this year, Diamond Dust (Poems from the Black Sea) is the latest release authored by Anca Ioviţă. Diamond Dust (Poems from the Black Sea) is a series of 5 volumes and contains a collection of visual poems created in […]

Welcome to the world of marine Ikebana poetry, an innovative genre you can enjoy seeing and reading inside the quality pages of the Diamond Dust (Poems From the Black Sea) photo book series! First, what is marine Ikebana poetry? Ikebana is a traditional Japanese art form of flower arrangement. The aesthetics involved in such bouquets […]

It’s been more than a year since I first took Japanese learning seriously and I’m amazed that I haven’t given up. I’m not fluent yet but I understand it better and better and I think I’ll publish 1-year updates on my progress in learning this difficult language. I’m now somewhere between an absolute beginner and […]

Two months ago I took one my dreams seriously. It happened while doing sketches for the seashell art photobook project when I realized how influenced I am by the Japanese aesthetics. I’ve been interested in Japanese arts and crafts for years but since I couldn’t read, write or speak Japanese this was always a second-hand […]

  Over the years I’ve pruned most of my print books in favor of ebooks since I needed space to live, ease of moving around and my reading habit didn’t seem to slow down as years went by. Yet there were a couple of them that I kept because of their beautiful photos. These books […]

I never thought I’d one day write a blog post on starting my journey into photography, mainly because I was resistant to the idea of photography as an art form for a long time. I knew photography was more than pressing a button, but since the content of any photo is made of objects or […]