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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne
July  2018 

1. Events Calendar
29 June 2018: Ikebana workshop at Star of the Sea Collage, Brighton. Ikebana in School Program: 

30 June 2018: Deadline for Ikebana Gallery Award 2018.

29 July 2018: Ikebana worksop at Kazari, Prahran. 

15 August 2018: A new term of Shoso’s course, From Ikebana to Contemporary Art at RMIT Short Courses will start.

21 September to 6 November 2018: Biennale of Australian Art. Shoso was selected for the biennale.

6 & 7 October 2018: Wa Ikebana Exhibition and Workshops.

2. Class Dates, Term 2, 2018
Tuesday lessons on 19 June have been cancelled. The tenth lesson in term 2 is on 7 August.   
Please join our email group so that you will receive all notices for changes etc. 

Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
May 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 26
July 17, 24, 31
August 7

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
May 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 26
July 17, 24, 31
August 7

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
May 5, 19, 26
June 2, 16, 23, 30
July 21, 28, 
August 4

3. Class Dates, Term 3, 2018  
Our term 3 for 2018 starts from 11 August. We will have 8 sessions in one term with a new fee system. 

Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
August 14, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18 
October 9, 16

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
August 14, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18 
October 9, 16

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
August 11, 18, 25 
September 1, 8, 15  
October 13, 20

4. New Tuition Fees Effective August 2018
We will have 8 sessions in one term. 
Our fees are not negotiable and not refundable. 
The fee is valid only for the term in which you paid. 

Three Types of Fees: It seems that our fee system has been causing some confusion for students. We try to keep our fees as reasonable as possible and we try to accommodate as many people as possible but it is frustrating to have to keep repeating the terms and conditions. Therefore we’re introducing a simpler system from next term. Here are the options:

a. Standard Rate: $35 per session
You can pick any class you are able to attend from the dates specified in our class dates and pay session by session. We prefer that you book by email when you are planning to attend. This is very simple and flexible, and ideal for short time visitors to Melbourne, or people who are unsure how many classes they can commit in a term.

b. Discount Rate: $200 per term (8 sessions)  
$75 for introductory Course (3 Sessions)
Post introductory Course (up to 5 sessions) - available on consultation with your teacher. 
A condition for the Discount Rate is upfront payment. If payment is not made in full on the first lesson, the discount rate does not apply. 

c. Early Bird Discount: $160 per term (8 sessions)
This option is available only for continuing students. The fee has to be paid during the first week of each term. If payment is not made in full on the first lesson of term, the discount rate does not apply and only the standard rate applies for the term. This is non-negotiable. It is your responsibility to check the term dates.  

Continuing students means those who have attended at least 3 sessions in the previous term. 

Those who have attended 8 sessions in one term and would like to attend extra sessions in the same term can pay $25 per session. However, if payment is not made on the day, the standard rate applies. 

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Bank Details - Account: Shoso Shimbo, BSB: 033-070, No. 286877    
5. Ikebana Gallery Award - A new Associate Director
We are pleased to announce that Shoan Lo has been appointed as an Associate Director for Ikebana Gallery Award.  

Ikebana Gallery Award is the first online Ikebana competition for all Ikebana students in the world and has been recognised as historically significant. 
This award provides the students with not just a special addition to their CV but it’s also a rare opportunity to show their work and receive Likes and encouraging comments from more than 16,000 viewers around the world and international art experts.

6. Vacant Positions: Join our team!  
Ikebana Galley Award (IGA) is looking for two committee members. With our world class judging panel, IGA needs to further expand its presence in social media and its capacity to reach more Ikebana students around the world. 

The positions are volunteer base and there is no remuneration. The Committee's job includes helping select semi-finalists for the IGA and maintaining and updating the IGA Facebook page regularly. 
Applicants must have a teaching qualification in Ikebana and experience in social media, in particular Facebook. Before you apply, please read our mission statement, FAQ and award details in our website. 

Please send your CV with your Facebook account information to by 30 June 2018.  

7. Ikebana & Competition
While we try to promote Ikebana Gallery Award (IGA), we sometimes hear the statements like “Our master said that Ikebana should not be judged,” “Why do we have to compete?” There is some truth in those statements. After all, everyone is allowed to have their own beliefs or philosophies. As long as they don’t harass us or act unethically online, we can just ignore them and ask them to leave us alone. If they are persistent, all we can do is to ask them to read the mission statements on our website. 

However, there are some points to make about such a narrow view on judging and competition in ikebana. 

  1. All of the three major ikebana schools (Ikenobo, Ohara & Sogetsu) are running their own ikebana competitions today. They recognise the benefits of competitions in ikebana. But we have to note that they are “the winners” in the field of ikebana in which there are over 1000 schools. Some of the other schools may insist that those winners’ attitudes are not always right and may even develop a negative attitude to competitions in ikebana. Instead of attacking those large schools, some of them may attack us, as we are a small and easy target at the moment.      
  1. Historically, competitions have always existed in the development of ikebana. However, the concept of competition in ikebana is not the same as those in contemporary professional sports, for example, where winning is highly and sometimes overly valued. In principle, ikebana is an inner pursuit. Our main focus is internal progress rather than what expressed externally and therefore not comparable. Accordingly, even after Western Modernism influenced ikebana in 1920’s and 1930’s, competitions that followed the style of western art were not always well perceived. Some competitions were totally unsuccessful. History of ikebana competitions is a fascinating research topic but I won’t go into more detail here. Seeing some ikebana competitions being managed properly and getting appropriate attention today, however, I personally feel that ikebana practitioners are mature enough (or Westernised enough) to enjoy friendly competitions. I am confident that IGA will present a positive case study and will prove to be historically significant as a researcher has already mentioned. Everyone is a winner in IGA. 
  1. Ikebana discourse overseas is sometimes different from those in Japan. I hear such statement as “ikebana should be this and that” just too often. Some overseas ikebana masters (and their followers) can be more authoritative than masters in Japan. They tend to mystify ikebana. They are often angry and prone to criticise others. In addition they hate competitions. We may need to keep away from those “masters”. 
  1. As to the benefits and necessities of IGA, please read the following writings.                                  

8. Looking for Ikebana class near you?
Is Murrumbeena too far for you? Some of Shoso’s students have been qualified to teach and are running their own classes. 
Malvern: Toko Tazawa -
Mulgrave: Akemi Suzuki -

9. Salvos Community Fundraising through Ikebana:
Ikebana workshops at your venue 
Shoso Shimbo and his team can offer many type of ikebana workshops now. You may be able to earn more than $200 per hour and donate $50 or more to a charity by hosting our popular one hour workshop.   
Shoso’s team has joined Salvos Community Fundraising.
Share this story if you know someone who might be interested. 

10. Shoso's Ikebana Course at RMIT 
Shoso teaches  "Japanese Aesthetics: From Ikebana to Contemporary Art" at RMIT University Short Courses. It will be available for anyone (not just for RMIT students). This class will take participants on a journey to explore the theory of Japanese aesthetics through practical exercises. Next term will start from 15 August 2018. Please book early.

11. Shoso’s eBook
Shoso has made his 2016 Reflections Collection available to purchase as an e-book.

12. Online Ikebana Lesson
Send a photo of your work to receive expert feedback.
Please follow the instruction, particularly the size of the photo to send.
You work may be published on our blog, but this exercise does not contribute directly to your Sogetsu certificate. 

13. International Journal of Ikebana Studies
IJIS, v.4 has been published. 
Shoso’s article, “Environmental art and ikebana: Reflection of Wye River Project”,  
the essays by Shoso’s students, Akemi Suzuki and Aileen Duke have been accepted.   
3000 Yen inc. Postage

14. Ikebana Gallery Award 
Ikebana Gallery Award is the first online Ikebana competition for all Ikebana students in the world and has been recognised as historically significant. 
This award provides the students with not just a special addition to their cv but also a rare opportunity to show their works, receive Likes and encouraging comments from more than 16,000 viewers around the world and international art experts.

15. A new judge for Ikebana Gallery Award 
We are pleased to announce that Dr Mino will join the Ikebana Gallery Award Judging panel. Dr Mino is the Director - Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, the Vice Chairman - Sotheby’s North America, the Chief Executive Director - the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa & the Honorary Director - Osaka Municipal Museum of Art. 
Dr Mino obtained his PhD in Art History at Harvard University and is regarded as Japan’s leading art gallery director with numerous publications. He has worked for the Art Institute of Chicago, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Related posts on welcoming Dr Mino.

16. Publications
Some of Shoso’s articles are now available for download.  

Shoso Shimbo, Power in the Discourse of Art: Ephemeral Art as Counter Monuments, The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2015, Osaka, Japan. Official Conference Proceedings, pp.817-829. ISSN: 2186-229X.

Shoso Shimbo, Flower in Contemporary Art, International Journal of Ikebana Studies (IJIS), Vol.3, 11-20 pp, International Society of Ikebana Studies (ISIS). 

Shoso Shimbo, Environmental Art and Ikebana: Reflection of Wye River Project, International Journal of Ikebana Studies (IJIS), Vol.4, 27-38 pp, International Society of Ikebana Studies (ISIS).

17. How to follow Shoso’s activities
a. Subscribe to a newsletter (this newsletter) from the News page in Shoso’s website. All of Shoso’s students have to join our email group.

b. Become a follower of his blog. The easiest way is to register your email address from the top page of his website. Find “follow by email" on the right hand side column. You will receive a notice when the blog is updated.

c. If you have a Facebook account, like his page.

d. Like our Ikebana Gallery Facebook Page, 
You can see some of the works by Shoso's students on this page.

e. Shoso's Japanese blog contains all of the works he has had published monthly in the Japanese community paper, Dengon Net. 

18. Where can I see Shoso’s works in Melbourne?
a. Hanabishi Japanese restaurant
187 King St, Melbourne

b. Parkside plastic surgery 
1/168 Gipps St, East Melbourne

c. Mondopiero
28 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 
Floating bamboos and a couple of ikebana sculptures are usually on display.

d. Koko Japanese Restaurant, Crown, Southbank
Shoso’s flowers will be on display from Christmas day to the New Year day.   

19. Miscellaneous
a. will host Ikebana online courses soon.

b. Visit following shops for Ikebana containers, etc.
Ebisu Design, 161 Ormond Rd Elwood
Kazari, 450 Malvern Rd, Prahran   
Made in Japan, 1-7 Wynyard St, South Melbourne
Nicholson Imports, 65 Myrtle St, Glen Waverley

c. Great Japan tours.

d. International Society of Ikebana Studies (ISIS) welcomes new members.

e. Buy Ikebana lesson vouchers online.

f. Ikebana Display and Delivery in Melbourne. Weekly flowers by Shoso and his team for receptions etc. are available.

g. Shoso’s Wedding Flowers.

h. Japanese garden designs by Shoso Shimbo. Ask for a free quote.
(1) Shoso has designed a Japanese zen garden for Komeyui Japanese restaurant.
Where: 396 Bay St, Port Melbourne  
(2) Shoso's home garden was selected as one of the top ten gardens in the city of Glen Eira. 
(3) Vertical garden at Mondopiero, Fitzroy.

i. Four pairs of Ikebana secateur are available now. Priority is given to those who are doing our certificate courses. $45 each.

Dr Shoso Shimbo
Murrumbeena Melbourne
Mob: 0439 314 097