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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne
June  2017

1. Event Calendar
27 May 2017: Shoso’s Ikebana workshop at Chotto, Fitzroy. 

30 May 2017: Shoso’s Ikebana workshop at Star of the Sea College, Brighton.

16 June 2017: Shoso’s talk on Ikebana at National Gallery of Victoria  (not a public event).

30 June 2017: Deadline for Ikebana Gallery Award 2017.

August 2017: A new term of our Sogetsu courses starts.  

12 August 2017: Ikebana workshop at Made in Japan, South Melbourne.

7 & 8 October 2017: Wa Ikebana Exhibition at Abbotsford Convent. Shoso’s students exhibit their works with Ikenobo School & Ichiyo School.    

16 August 2017: A new term of Japanese Aesthetics starts at RMIT.

17 August 2017: Dr Kobayashi’s talk on Ikebana. Dr Kobayashi is president of International Society of Ikebana Studies.

30 September 2017: Special wedding flowers. 

25 October 2017: A new term of Japanese Aesthetics starts at RMIT.

30 March 2018: Shoso will conduct an Ikebana demo as a featured presenter at the Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2018, The International Academic Forum, Kobe, Japan.

2. Change of Shoso's email address
Shoso’s new email address is 

3. Class Dates, Term 2, 2017
Please note that there may be some changes in our class dates. Please join our email group so that you will receive all notices for changes etc. 

Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
May 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 20, 27
July 18, 25 
August 1

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
May 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 20, 27
July 18, 25 
August 1

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
May 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 22, 29
August 5

3.1. Special Discounts
Our new term starts from August. Early bird discount rate ($160 for 10 sessions) is available for all the past students (not just for continuing students) only this time. The past students means those who have done Shoso’s certificate courses, RMIT courses, or one hour workshops. This is a great time to come back to Ikebana, if you have been taking a break from it. Other terms and conditions apply.

4. Tuition Fees 2017
Three Types of Fees
a. Standard Rate: $35 per session
You can pick any class you are able to attend among 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: 
Introductory course: $60 for 3 sessions
Certificate course: $200 for 10 sessions
Conditions for the discount rate in certificate course are:
1. Minimum 4 sessions ($80), 
2. Upfront payment.

If you know in advance that you cannot attend the full term, you can buy sessional tickets of $20 per session to suit your schedule, with minimum of 4 sessions ($80). For instance, if you can only attend 5 sessions in one term, you can pay a fee of $100 upfront.

It is possible to extend the number of lessons you attend at this discount rate, but the minimum number of lessons is four. For example, if you book for 4 lessons at the discount rate, then you decide that you want to attend 3 more classes, you will have to pay the minimum of $80 for the extra classes or pay the standard rate each time.

c. Early Bird Discount: $160 for 10 sessions
This option is available only for continuing students. The fee has to be paid during the first week of each term. Continuing students means those who have attended at least 3 sessions in the previous term.  

Please see Q&A in our tuition page for more details. 

5. 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 16 August 2017. Please book early.

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

7. 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. 

8. International Journal of Ikebana Studies, Vol.3 & 4
IJIS, v.3 has been published from International Society of Ikebana Studies. Shoso’s article on Flower in Contemporary Art, the essays by Shoso’s students, Margaret Trail & Tina Beltsos have been accepted.
IJIS, v.4 has been published. Shoso’s article on Environmental Art and Ikebana, the essays by Shoso’s students, Akemi Suzuki and Aileen Duke have been accepted.   
2000 Yen plus Postage

9. 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. 

10. 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). 

11. Download free Ikebana Calendar 2017

12. How to follow Shoso’s activities
a. Subscribe to a newsletter (this newsletter) from News page. 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. 

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

b. Chotto
35 Smith St, Fitzroy

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

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

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

b. Visit ebisu design for Ikebana containers. 161 Ormond Rd Elwood

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.

g. Ikebana secateurs are available. Only 1 left.

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. Some of the Recent Works
(1) Wye River Project
(2) The Way of the Flower: Stillness in a World Gone Mad
(3) Snow Travel Expo

Dr Shoso Shimbo
PO Box 5027
Hughesdale 3166
Victoria Australia
Mob: 0439 314 097