Exploring new cities through ikebana is an exciting way to get to know new places. Every new city has its peculiarities and exciting plants that can be used in ikebana. Addis Abeba, አዲስ አበባ, Ethiopia’s capital is no exception. The name of the city is very symbolic – it means a new flower. Difficult to find a better name for a city – it is music for an ikebana artist exploring the city. The city is also known by its Oromo name Finfinne which means “natural spring”. The city has grown into diplomatic capital since its establishment in 1886. You can read more about the city here.
Addis Abeba, Finfinne is a big city and large amount of time is spent in transport from one part of the city to another. While being driven in a new city, I like to observe the life that is flowering on the streets. Some of these snapshots have inspired my ikebanas and some of my ikebanas have inspired the snapshots. Both photographs and ikebanas help me tell you stories about my experiences. However, you can retell those stories and make them your own. Enjoy!