Melbourne Ikebana Festival, 7 and 8 September

Friday 24 April 2020

Shoso's talk will be online

24 - 27 May 2020: Dr Shoso Shimbo will present a paper, “Nature in Ikebana: Beyond sustainability” online at the Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities.


Western culture, in particular the Modernism Art Movement has had a significant influence on ikebana since the Meiji period. To discern an aspect of cultural transformation in Japan this study focus on the works by several ikebana artists and theorists in 19th and 20th centuries who contributed to develop radical free style ikebana with the influence of Modernism.

There is an argument that under the influence of Modernism, there was a shift in the view of what ikebana symbolically represents from universal structural orders to life energy. However, both of these views were implicated in the classic ikebana text, Senno Kuden (1542), where the author discussed his approach in terms of creating ikebana for a deeper appreciation of nature. This concept of ikebana as a representation of life energy did not begin with the reformers, it has been around since the early stages of development in ikebana and deserves more attention.

This study suggests that, after encountering Modernism, it became necessary for ikebana artists and theorists to reconsider the defining features of ikebana in the light of the differences in the perception of nature in the West and in Japan. Rather than accepting Modernism as a whole, they selectively adopted some elements of it to develop free style ikebana that embodies reemergence of the original approach to nature in ikebana.

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Ikebana Events Calendar

There may be some changes due to the current health concern. 

14 April 2020: Zoom online Ikebana lesson was very successful. Thank you all participants. 

24 - 27 May 2020: Shoso will present a paper, "Nature in Ikebana: Beyond sustainability" online at the Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities.

June 2020: Sculpture Installation - Shoan Lo & Shoso Shimbo have been commissioned to design art works (stainless steel sculpture and wall piece ) for the newly built Le Pine Hall in Kew. Both works reflect ikebana aesthetics and philosophy.   

12 August 2020: Japanese Aesthetics (From Ikebana to contemporary art), RMIT Short Courses.

12 September 2020: Shoan & Shoso will present Ikebana Dinner Show, Quaff Restaurant, Toorak.   

19 & 20 September 2020: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival.

20 September 2020: Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky at Melbourne Recital Centre.

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Looking for Ikebana class near you?

 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. 

Mulgrave: Akemi Suzuki -
Mornington Peninsula: Shoto Duke -@shoto.ikebana, or email

Where can I see Shoso’s works in Melbourne?

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. Saint Dreux
Level 2, St. Collins Lane, 260 Collins St, Melbourne 

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

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

Monday 20 April 2020

How to follow Shoso’s activities

How to follow Shoso’s activities

a. Subscribe to a 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. 

f. Follow Shoso in Instagram. @shoso_shimbo,



Following information may be useful for those who are interested in Ikebana.    

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

b. Great Japan tours.

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

d. Great gift. Buy Ikebana lesson vouchers online.

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

f. Shoso’s Wedding Flowers.

g.  Shoso’s eBook

Shoso 2020”, a collection of Shoso’s work from 2016 to 2020 is available with eBook or hardcover version.

h. Online Ikebana Lesson
Zoom Ikebana Dojo

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 Melbourne  
(2) Shoso's home garden was selected as one of the top ten gardens in the city of Glen Eira.

Tuesday 14 April 2020