About

Shoso Shimbo PhD is a certified teacher of Ikebana who is qualified to run certificate and teaching diploma courses in Sogetsu style Ikebana. He has over 20 years experience in Ikebana and studied under the late Sogetsu Head Master, Hiroshi Teshigahara, who is also known as an award wining film director. He has also leaned from Ms Marjorie Bromilow in Adelaide and Ms Carlyne Patterson in Melbourne.

Shoso was selected by Belle magazine as one of the six “Australia’s top floral designers” and has won multiple awards including the Gold Award at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. His work was selected for the prestigious publication, International Floral Art 2014/2015, Stichting Kunstboek (Belgium).   

Shoso has BA in Asian Philosophy (Waseda), MA in Japanese Studies (Monash), Master of Fine Art (Monash) and PhD in Education (RMIT). 

He is a director of JAPEP and a directer of International Society of Ikebana Studies (ISIS).

He teaches "Japanese Aesthetics: From Ikebana to Contemporary Art" at the RMIT Short Courses.

He is also qualified as a garden designer (Japan Horticultural Society) specializing in Japanese gardens.  

In 2009 Shoso exhibited his work at the Chelsea Flower Show, UK. His current works include traditional and unique contemporary wedding flowers.
        
His sculptural works have been featured in some of the major contemporary art exhibitions including the Toyota Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne Sculpture, Melbourne Now (National Gallery of Victoria), New Wave Art Festival (National Gallery of Victoria), and the finalists exhibition for Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award.


Solo Exhibition
2013
Distilling Nature: Master of Fine Art Project, MADA  Project Gallery, Monash University


Group Exhibitions
2014
Lorne Sculpture
2014
Light On Light Off, Upper West Side, Melbourne
2014
Canterbury Art Show
2014
Twenty Five Sculptures at the World Trade Centre, The WTC Gallery  
2012
Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery (SInce 2010)
2012
Glen Eira Artists' Exhibition, Glen Eira City Council Gallery
2012
Ikebana at Kings Arcade, Armadale (Since 2010) 
2011
Rural Art Competition - Seymour Alternative Farming Expo
2011
 Lorne Sculpture 
2010
Greater Than One, Monash university faculty gallery
2007
Sogetsu group Ikebana exhibition, Manningham gallery 
2006
Sogetsu group Ikebana exhibition, Qdos gallery, Lorne
2005
Exhibition and workshops for the Odyssey House Victoria 
2004
Town Hall Gallery opening, Hawthorn
               
Commissioned Works / Special Displays (selected)
2014
Ikebana installation & performance with a Butoh dancer, Yumi Umiumare, Melbourne Now, The National Gallery of Victoria
2014
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (Since 2005)
2014
Koko restaurant, Crown hotel (Since 2009)  
2013
Christmas installation in Ballarat
2012
New Wave Art Festival, National Galley of Victoria 
2010
Herald Sun, Home Show Garden Expo, Floral Inspiration
2009
ABC Gardening Australia Expo, Caulfield (Since 2006)

2009
Chelsea Flower Show, UK
2005
Hiroshima & Nagasaki 60th Commemorative Concert, Federation Square
2005
Flower wall for Melbourne Fashion Festival, Mural Hall, Myer, City
2005
Window displays, Myer, City
2005
Ellerslie Flower Show, Auckland, NZ  
        

Awards
2013
The Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award (Selected as a finalist)
2007
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (Silver Award)
2006
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (Gold Award)
Publication - Monograph
2009
Positive Thinking: The Secret to Success in the Language Classroom. Köln: Lambert Academic Publishing.  


Publication - Referred Journal Papers
2013
Hiroshi Teshigahara in the Expanded Field of Ikebana, The International Journal of Ikebana Studies, 1, p.31-52. 
2008
Effects of Music, Relaxation and Suggestion on Tertiary Students’ Affect and Achievement in Learning Japanese as a Foreign Language. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. Monash University epress: Victoria, Australia.    16.1-16.22. DOI:10.2104/aral0816       
2007
The Effect of Suggestion on Tertiary Students’ Attribution and Self-Concept. Education Research and Perspective, 34 (1), 179-197. 


Publication - Non-referred Journal Articles (Selected)
2009
February to date, Monthly Ikebana column, “Hana o Tomeru” Dengon Net.
2009
Spiritual Development through Ikebana, Living Now Annual, pp.8-11.
2009
The Spiritual Power of Flowers: Ikebana and Shinto, Dare to Dream, Issue 5, pp.26-29.
2007
The Ten Virtues of Ikebana: Ikebana and Zen, Living Now, September to December.
2007
Ikebana and Haiku. Living Now, August, p.11.                                                                                              
Conference Papers  
2013
Ikebana to Contemporary Art: Cross Cultural Transformation in Rosalie Gascoigne, The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies. The International Academic Forum. May 24-26, Osaka, Japan.
2012
Repositioning Ikebana in Contemporary Art. The Third Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, The International Academic Forum. April 5-8, Osaka, Japan.


Bibliography
2013
International Floral Art 2014/2015, p.232. Oostkamp: Stichting Kunstboek. 
2013
Australian Flower Industry Magazine, Mar, pp.36-8.
2013
So, No. 221, p.18. Tokyo: Sogetsu Foundation (Accepted over 15 times since  2006)   
2012
ABC Radio, 30 March.
2012
Floral Design Magazine, Feb, pp.38-53.
2011
Leader Newspaper, Stonnington, 8 Nov.
2010
Melbourne Weekly, p.34, 10 Nov.
2009
Nine AM, Channel 10, October.
2009
M, The Sunday Age, March 29, p.20.
2008
Postcards Magazine, Issue 3, p.56.
2006
Caulfield Leader, 2 May.
2006
Dumbo Feather, Issue 7, pp.50-67.
2006
Master of Ceremonies, Belle, January, p.188.
2006
Garden Gurus, Channel 9, May.
2005
City Weekly, 8 September.
2004
Australia's top floral designers, Belle, September, p.106.
2004
Good Morning Australia, Channel 10, 29 June.

Clients List (Selected)
Apollo Bay Music Festival
Chi Hair Dresser (Canterbury)
City of Ballarat
Costume National (Melbourne GPO)
Evado Clinical Software
Hanabishi Japanese Restaurant (Melbourne)
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
Japan Cup (Moony Pond)
Japanese for Peace
Lesley Kehoe Galleries
Mars Marketing Consultancy
Mayer (Melbourne)
Melbourne Fashion Festival
Mitsuno Japanese Restaurant (Malvern)
National Gallery of Victoria
NEC Australia
Nikolaous Institute of Philanthropy
Olympus Australia
Renouf & Associates Pty Ltd
Star of the Sea College 
State Government Victoria
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria

Shoso Shimbo's Logo


Shoso's logo is his own family crest. The crest, Ken Katabami means swords and Oxalis corniculata ( Creeping Woodsorrel ). 
The original design of the crest was first used in Heian period (794 - 1185). Swords are symbol of samurai spirit and three leaves represent, compassion, wisdom and virtue.