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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne
April 2018
1. Events Calendar
17 March to 2 April 2018: Lorne Sculpture Biennale. Shoso was selected for the biennale.

21 to 25 March 2018: Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Shoan and Akemi from Shoso’s class will exhibit their works at the Shop Window Design Competition.
Friday 23 March 2018: Shoso will talk about environmental art at the Lorne Sculpture 2018.

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.

May 2018: The International Floral Art 2018/2019 will be published from Stiching Kunstboek. Shoso’s work was accepted.

9 May 2018: A new term of Japanese Aesthetics at RMIT starts.
26 May 2018: Ikebana workshops at Made in Japan, South Melbourne.

29 July 2018: Ikebana worksop at Kazari, Prahran.
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. Do you have willow trees?
Shoso needs a lot of willow branches (or other branches) for his 10m long sculpture work at the Lorne Sculpture 2018 in March. If you have any, please contact

3. Volunteers Wanted
At Lorne (join and leave at any time)
15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25 MarchPlease send an email if you are interested.
There may be some changes in the schedule.

4. Class Dates, Term 1, 2018
There is no lesson in April 2018.
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)
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6
May 8

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6
May 8

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10

5. Class Dates, Term 2, 2018
Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
May 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 17, 24, 31

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
May 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 17, 24, 31

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
May 5, 12, 19
June 2, 16, 23, 30
July 21, 28,
August 4

6. Tuition Fees 2018
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: $ 80 for 4 sessions to $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.
7. 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.
Balwyn North: Shoan Lo -
Malvern: Toko Grotowski -

8. 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.

9. 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 9 May 2018. Please book early.

10. Shoso’s eBook
Shoso has made his 2016 Reflections Collection available to purchase as an e-book.
Aus $4.99

11. 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.

12. 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

13. 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.

14. 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).

15. 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.

16. 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.

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

b. Visit following shops for Ikebana containers, etc.. Please note that a number of ikebana containers are available at Kazari and Made in Japan now.
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. Download free Ikebana Calendar 2018

i. 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
(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.

j. Resonance: A Tsunami Violin ConcertDate: Friday 16 March 2018
Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm
Venue: Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010
Cost: $15
All income from purchased tickets will go to the Rikuzen Takata city scholarship programme to help those who have financial difficulties to continue learning.
An individual cannot receive a deductible gift receipt for this payment. (Simply put, it’s not tax deductible.)
Bookings: Bookings are essential for this concert.
Register at:

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