Melbourne Ikebana Festival, 7 and 8 September

Monday 31 August 2020

Tuesday 25 August 2020

Ikebana Calendar, August 2020

June 2020: Sculpture Installed! Shoan Lo & Shoso Shimbo were 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.

July 2020: Finalists for the Ikebana Gallery Award 202 announced.

August 2020: Winners of the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020 announced.

20 August 2020: “Shoso 2020”, a collection of Shoso’s work from 2016 to 2020 is available with eBook (Aus$4.99) or hardcover version.

25 August 2020: An internationally renowned ikebana master, Mr Ken Katayama joins Ikebana Dojo as a guest facilitator. His sessions have been fully booked. The session will be recorded and will be available on YouTube.

29 August 2020: Shoso will give a talk on Tea Flower using Zoom. Closed event. 

5 September 2020: Zoom Ikebana Dojo, Topic - Line 1.

24 - 30 September 2020: First entry period for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021.

11&12 September 2021: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival.

Thursday 20 August 2020

eBook "Shoso Shimbo 2020"

Special Offer Aus$4.99 until 31 Aug 2020. 発売記念価格$4.99 (eBook)
Normal Price: Aus $14.99 (eBook), Aus $119 (hardcover)  


This is the second collection of Shoso Shimbo’s work , following the first collection, Shoso 2016. It focuses on his works from 2016 to 2020. This is a significant period for Shoso’s career as an artist, expanding the possibilities of Ikebana into the areas of contemporary art, and environmental art in particular.

Shoso has been exploring environmental art from an Ikebana perspective. It is in a sense investigating Western art in the light of Eastern traditions of art.

Some traditional aspects of Eastern art can offer a different perspective on our attitudes to the environment. Art may not be able to instantly solve the difficult problems we currently face, but it can raise questions about the role of capitalism in environmental degradation.

Shoso 2020 reveals his direction toward new type of minimalism, where Japanese aesthetics are re-examined in the age of environmental crisis. Shoso is exploring the possibilities of a union between environmental aesthetics and environmental ethics.


この作品集「Shoso 2020」は「Shoso 2016」以降の作品、2016年から2020年までの新保逍滄の作品を紹介するものです。この間の活動の焦点のひとつは環境芸術における生花の可能性の追求であったと言えそうです。環境破壊の元凶が資本主義でありながら、資本主義のシステム内でしか環境芸術は存在できないのでしょうか。純粋な環境芸術のひとつの形は「贈与」にも似た概念芸術ということになるのかもしれません。相手を決めず、報酬を求めず、できれば匿名で贈る行為。それは自然界の隅々にまで浸透する資本主義に対峙しうる最後の砦。あるいはそれを本物の精神文化と呼んでもいいのではないでしょうか。すると「贈与」は日々の生花の修練が深いところで意味するものとも似通ってくるようにも思えます。孤軍奮闘の折にふと浮かんだ想念です。

Sunday 16 August 2020

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Sculpture for Le Pine, East Kew, Melbourne

Magnolia Flower

Designed by Shoso Shimbo & Shoan Lo
Stainless Steel, 450 x 1200 x 450

The form of this sculpture was inspired by the magnolia flower. Flowers have held spiritual significance since ancient times. In some cultures, the magnolia flower signifies an enduring true love that lasts throughout time and space.

Based on Ikebana aesthetics, this sculpture shows the different stages of an opening flower. As the viewers walk around, the flower may slowly open before their eyes.

Floating Petals

Designed by Shoso Shimbo & Shoan Lo

The work represents flower petals floating on running water. This combination is one of the most highly admired poetic images in Japanese culture. It signifies both the transience of our existence and the eternal cycle of nature, our spirituality. The metal flowers come from Hiromitsu blacksmith in Izumo, Japan.

Web: Le Pine Funerals




Saturday 8 August 2020

Ikebana Dojo in August 2020

15 August 2020

Special Program - Using more than 5 materials
Apply by 11 August 

25 August 2020

Apply by 11 August - New Deadline!
Mr Katayama agreed to facilitate 2 sessions on 25 August. A few more extra seats are available now.
Please apply soon. We changed application deadline because the participants need some time to prepare for this very special Dojo session. 

5 September 2020

Please check our post about the sessions in September & October.  We focus on 4 ikebana elements in September & October. Beginners welcome.