Melbourne Ikebana Festival, 7 and 8 September

Saturday 30 March 2019

Thursday 28 March 2019

Shoso at the Melbourne Flower Show 2019 - Stage 1 & 2

Work in Progress: Stage 1 (Day 1 - 30% done) & Stage 2 (Day2 - 70% done).

My work received the 2nd award at the Shop Window Competition. Thank you my team members, Shoto, Shokai, Shoen, Sophi, Jo, Jenny, Shoan 逍蘊​ & Akemi Suzuki​ for great help.

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, 27 - 31 March 2019.

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Shoso at the Melbourne Flower Show 2019 - Brief

Come and see Shoso's work at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2019.
27 - 31 March 2019Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

Home is where the heart is

The ongoing destruction of our environment by man-made pollution continues to push the world towards catastrophic circumstances. 

In particular, the problem of plastic pollution has become ubiquitous in our oceans, with 90% of sea birds consuming some kind of plastic, and over eight million tons of new plastic rubbish finding its way into the oceans every year. 

There have been a number of political, scientific and social attempts to find a way to get this problem with plastic under control, but the most effective way forward is at the personal level. If we change our habits, we can start to move towards a solution.

However, this kind of change does not happen easily. Personal transformation is a big challenge. Ikebana may help to bring about such a transformation. It teaches us to find harmony between people and nature. At its core is the belief that all living beings are united as one. When we stop objectifying nature, we can find a way to stop harming our home.     

This work features ropes made of recycled plastic shopping bags. The bags have been repurposed as art, and the work aims to point to a brighter future for our home, this beautiful earth, if we can reimagine our relationship with plastic and commit in our hearts to finding alternative ways to think about plastic.

Our home depends more than at any other time in history on where our hearts are.

Shoso Shimbo, PhD
Ikebana Artist

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Ikebana Performance, 31 August 2019

Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival presents Ikebana artist Shoso Shimbo in concert with the Grigoryan Brothers.

An award-winning floral artist and sculptor, Shoso has over 30 years experience as an Ikebana practitioner in the Sogetsu school. After completing Ikebana demonstrations in Japan, Germany and Romania in 2018, in this show he brings together his sculptural skills and his deep knowledge of floral design to create an installation in real time.

Recognised for their “uncommon originality and authority” (The NY Times), The Grigoryan Brothers will select a program specially for this event from their broad repertoire embracing genres such as classic, jazz and contemporary music.

The intimate nature of the Primrose Potter Salon makes it the perfect venue for this event. The audience can see the skill of the Grigoryan Brothers as they play, and witness the final work emerging as Shoso brings the elements together over the performance.


Monday 18 March 2019

Shoso at the Melbourne Flower Show 2019

27 - 31 March 2019: Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Shoso Shimbo, Shoan Lo and Akemi Suzuki will exhibit their works.

Monday 11 March 2019

Shoso (Ikebana) & Grigoryan Brothers (Guitar)

Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival presents Ikebana artist Shoso Shimbo in concert with the Grigoryan Brothers. Shoso will create a large scale floral installation to the music of the world renowned guitar duo in an intimate setting that brings the audience right up close to this captivating performance. Details will be announced shortly.

和メルボルン生け花フェスティバルで、国際的に活躍するギター・デュオ、Grigoryan Brothersと新保逍滄が共演いたします。極めて稀な公演会となりますのでぜひお越し下さい。詳細は間も無くこのサイト上で発表いたします。

Monday 4 March 2019

Events Calendar, March 2019

27 - 31 March 2019: Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Shoso Shimbo, Shoan Lo and Akemi Suzuki will exhibit their works. Shoso is looking for several volunteer assistants on 24, 25 & 26 March. Please send an email to, if you are interested.

April 2019: Ikebana Gallery Award 2019, Semifinalists for the March 2019 quarter will be announced.

8 May 2019: A new term for Japanese Aesthetics - From Ikebana to Contemporary Art. RMIT Short Courses.

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