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One Stem, One Branch

ONE STEM ONE BRANCH — Statement How many times have I tried to capture the essence of the flowers in my backyard? I have never fulfilled my desire. They bloom abundantly but fade away quickly. Spring comes late and Winter returns early at my backyard located in the north-west corner of Connecticut. Year after year flowering plants and shrubs follow their routines in a very limited time.  The blooms are always too many and too ephemeral. So I decided to clip only one stem from the many remembering the episode of Asagao/Morning Glory of Sen no Rikyu who is the founder of the Japanese Tea Ceremony in the 16th century.  Against the expectation of his master who wanted to admire Rikyu’s famous Asagao hedge covered by hundreds of flowers, he cut all of them but chose only one stem. He arranged the one single stem of Asagao in his tea room and entertained his master with the tea ceremony.  One represents all. One is many. That is my interpretation of the essence of flowers.