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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne
January  2019 

A Happy New Year

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1. New Mail Group
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Please join our new email group. http://www.shoso.com.au/p/newsletter.html
We will stop using the old email group with Brave Net soon.

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2. Events Calendar
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17 January 2019 (to be confirmed): Shoso will create several arrangements including a large work for a display suite of a new development in Barenya Court, Kew. Volunteer assistants welcome. 

February 2019: Ikebana Gallery Award 2019, Semifinalists for the December 2018 quarter will be announced. http://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com.au 

13 February 2019: Japanese Aesthetics - From Ikebana to Contemporary Art.
RMIT Short Courses. http://bit.ly/1IFmuyl

27 February 2019: The Way of the Flower - Ikebana performance with live music. Melbourne Recital Centre. Please book early. http://bit.ly/FlowerWay  

27 - 31 March 2019: Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 

31 August & 1 September 2019: Wa - Melbourne Ikebana Festival, Abbotsford Convent. Ikebana exhibition, award, workshops, performances, demos & ikebana market etc.    

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3. Class Dates, Term 1,  2019  
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Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
February 5, 12, 19
March 5, 12, 19
April 23, 30

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
February 5, 12, 19
March 5, 12, 19
April 23, 30

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16
April 27

Our term 2 will start from May 2019.

There is homework for advanced students during this holiday (November to January). If you are not sure what it is, please send an email. 

We hope that all the students will keep posting their works to Ikebana Gallery Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/IkebanaGallery/
    
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4. Tuition Fees 
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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. 

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 only once
A condition for the Discount Rate is upfront payment. If payment is not made full on the first lesson, the discount rate does not apply. This is non-negotiable.

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 full on the due date, the discount rate does not apply and only standard rate applies for the term. This is non-negotiable. It is your responsibility to check the due date each term.  

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. If payment is not made on the day, however, standard rate applies. 

Check class dates online: http://www.shoso.com.au
Bank Details - Account: Shoso Shimbo, BSB: 033-070, No. 286877                             

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5. Ikebana Gallery Award 
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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.


Ikebana Gallery Award 2019 Semi-finalists will be announced quarterly. The semi-finalists for the September 2018 quarter were announced. https://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com/2018/11/semi-finalists-for-ikebana-gallery.html

Ikebana Gallery is running a petition, Make Facebook Safer & Wiser. Please help by adding your name. https://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com/2018/10/make-facebook-safer-wiser.html

Please like Ikebana Gallery Facebook page to receive the updates. https://www.facebook.com/IkebanaGallery/

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6. Judges for Ikebana Gallery Award 
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We are pleased to announce that Dr Mino joined 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. 
              
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7. Diploma Course Redefined
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With introduction of a new text book 5 in Sogetsu school, we need to make some changes in our teaching diploma course. When you start a diploma course, please choose A, aiming to obtain the diploma ASAP or B, aiming to obtain the diploma at your own pace. Under our current course conditions, A is done in 40 to 60 sessions and B required 80 to 90 sessions to complete. Please tell your intention and discuss with your teacher.   

If you choose A, there will be HOMEWORK. If you don’t do HOMEWORK, you will not be able to complete the course in time and we assume that your choice is B ( 3 to 4 years to complete diploma if attended 24 sessions per year). Please ask the details in class. This applies only to Shoso Shimbo’s courses.  

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8. Wa 2019
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There will be some changes in our Ikebana exhibition 2019. It will be held at Abbotsford Convent on 31 August & 1 September 2019. It will expand in many ways. It aims to be the largest and the most significant Ikebana event outside Japan. It focus on promoting Ikebana to the wider community, aiming to recruit more Ikebana students.  

We need new committee members as well as many volunteers. Please let us know if you are interested. So far following people have been appointed (there may be some changes): Shoan Lo (Treasurer), Shoen Loo (Secretary), Takako Routledge & Aileen Duke (Public Relations), Sue Healey & Takako Routledge (Venue Management), Aileen Duke (Administrator for Opening Ceremony).         

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9. Looking for Ikebana class near you?
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Is Murrumbeena too far for you? Some of Shoso’s students have been qualified to teach and are running their own classes. 
Camberwell: Shoen Loo - Instagram: ikebanajenny
Malvern: Toko Tazawa - https://tokoikebana.com
Mulgrave: Akemi Suzuki - https://ikebanaakemi.wixsite.com/mysite

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10. Salvos Community Fundraising through Ikebana:
Ikebana workshops at your venue 
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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. 

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11. Shoso's Ikebana Course at RMIT 
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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.

Q&A

Q: Hello Shoso
I was in your course this year & enjoyed it so much, I would like to do another with you next year. Hopefully the one starting in Feb.
Could you advise if you will be covering different topics. I don't mind repeating though but want to learn as much as I can for my second trip to Japan, April 2019. I may have a few friends also interested.
I loved my recent trip & took up many of your suggestions, Nezu Gallery & garden, Cerulean Hotel, garden of New Otani hotel, plus sampled wagashi & bought some home, everything I saw & experienced was a delight.

A: Our next course starts from 13 February 2019 with new topics. The course includes many trip advices on appreciating Japanese art. Please book early.

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

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13. Online Ikebana Lesson
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Send a photo of your work to receive expert feedback. http://bit.ly/17T886Q
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. 

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14. International Journal of Ikebana Studies
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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

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15. Publications
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Shoso’s ikebana works have been featured in the following magazines; 
Junkies Magazine, Summer Issue 15, 2018. https://junkies.com.au
Garland Magazine, Online Exhibition, 31 December 2018. https://garlandmag.com/article/tsukumogami/

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

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16. How to follow Shoso’s activities
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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. www.shoso.com.au

c. If you have a Facebook account, like his page. http://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia

d. Like our Ikebana Gallery Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/IkebanaGallery 
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. 

f. Follow Shoso in Instagram. @shoso_shimbo, @ikebana.gallery  

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17. Where can I see Shoso’s works in Melbourne?
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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    
https://www.crownmelbourne.com.au/restaurants/premium/koko/info-booking
Shoso’s flowers will be on display from Christmas day to the New Year day.   

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18. Miscellaneous
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a. http://www.shoso.com.au will host Ikebana online courses soon.

b. Visit following shops for Ikebana containers, etc.
Kazari, 450 Malvern Rd, Prahran http://www.kazari.com.au/   
Made in Japan, 1-7 Wynyard St, South Melbourne https://mij.com.au
Nicholson Imports, 65 Myrtle St, Glen Waverley https://www.nicholsonimports.com.au

c. Great Japan tours. http://www.artsinspire.com.au/

d. International Society of Ikebana Studies (ISIS) welcomes new members. http://ikebana-isis.org/

e. Buy Ikebana lesson vouchers online. http://www.shoso.com.au/p/gift-vouchers.html

f. Ikebana Display and Delivery in Melbourne. Weekly flowers by Shoso and his team for receptions etc. are available. http://www.shoso.com.au/p/display.html

g. Shoso’s Wedding Flowers. http://www.shoso.com.au/p/wedding.html

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. One 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
shososhimbo@gmail.com