Melbourne Ikebana Festival, 7 and 8 September

Thursday 24 November 2022

Ikebana for Corporate Events

Shoso created table arrangements and a medium ikebana display for a corporate event of a Japanese automobile company. Received great feedback.   

"Thank you for the breathtaking florals at Attica today.


They are simply stunning.


I look forward to being able to work with you again sometime soon, as well as recommend you within my colleagues. "


Ikebana for your shop / office? 
Would you like to have a fresh ikebana display at your shop or office? Shoso and his team will create beautiful floral arrangements for you. Weekly ikebana from $150 / $200 / $350. 

Monday 7 November 2022

Ikebana Calendar - November 2022

20 October 2022: Shoso’s talk on Ikebana and Japanese aesthetics at the Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture.   

25 October 2022: Ikebana at Beleura. Shoso is going to run workshops at Beleura a few times in 2023. Join their mailing list from their website. 

29 October 2022: Ikebana Introduction Workshop ($60)

5 November 2022: Deadline for Ikebanakaido 2022. All of Shoso’s students and the exhibitors of Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival 2022 are invited to join this Kyoko based nation-wide flower project. #ikebanakaido  

12 November 2022: Ikebana Dojo Level 3 starts

19 November 2022: Last class in 2022

26 November 2022: Ikebana Introduction Workshop ($60)

27 November 2022: Shoso’s talk for Ikebana Panama / Ikebana International 

10 December 2022: Ikebana Introduction Workshop ($60)

31 December 2022: Deadline for Hanadayori Request

1 January 2023: One Thousand Ikebana Challenge starts

14 January 2023: Ikebana Introduction Workshop ($60)

28 January 2023: Ikebana Introduction Workshop ($60)

February 2023: New term stats for our Certificate Course 

Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky - Review

10 September 2022
Melbourne Recital Centre

Review by Lili Tu

Mum spent 7 years to learn Ikebana from Dr Shoso Shimbo so I have seen many of his stunning arrangements. However, only last night I witnessed his true magic as he created a beautiful Ikebana arrangement to improvised music by pianist Paul Grabowsky.
It’s a breathtaking performance!

Shoso started the show by taking us up to the mountain in late winter when the snow began to melt using beautiful snowball viburnum, waxflowers, drift woods and pine branches. Then slowly he made the pink buds appear and blossom by blossom the spring began. Hundreds of cherry blossom branches were brought into Primrose Potter Salon to recreate the scene of the alpine in early spring. The flowers, music and light transported us to the outdoor with the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold - when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. We seriously got goosebumps watching the weather transform with Shoso’s arrangement.

Finally, the colours of spring came to the brightest with the pink oriental lilies in full bloom. We seemed to skip a breath or two when Paul Grabowsky played his final notes and the completed arrangement came to live. It’s an experience that you would never known if just seeing the final arrangement.
Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival is still on today at Abbotsford Convent, highly recommend to come by to enjoy a lovely Spring Sunday there!