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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne 

July 2021  


1. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 


a. Hanadayori: Ikebana by Request - Online Ikebana Exhibition

Thank you for your requests. Your requests have been sent to the participating ikebana artists around the world. With several international artists, this challenging project will help Wa & participating artists in many ways. We will launch the exhibition on 4 September 2021. https://www.ikebanafestival.com/news/hanadayori-2021


b. Tickets are on sale now. Please help our promotion. 

Ikebana Dinner Show

Ikebana Demonstration 

Ikebana Workshops

Ikebana Conference 

Ikebana & Perfume 

Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky (will go on sale on 14 July)



c. Wa will run Australia Ikebana Container Award & Exhibition. Internationally renowned Hiroe Swen will be the judge for this award. Win Aus$1000 award. Please help promote this award. 

This project has been listed in https://calendarforartists.com.    

e. Wa is looking for several new team members (volunteer positions). Check our opportunities page. We need volunteers who can support following programs: Opening, Artists Talk, Ikebana Workshops, Ikebana Demonstration, Reception & Container Exhibition. Send an email to join. wa.ikebana@gmail.com     

f. Join our exhibition. You can apply now in our ikebana class or directly from our website. https://www.ikebanafestival.com/exhibitors

To maintain our low fee, the exhibitors are expected to help setting up and cleaning. Thank you.  

g. Workshop spaces and stalls are available. 



2. Class Dates Term 2, 2021


There may be some changes due to the COVID restriction. Please join our email group. http://www.shoso.com.au/p/newsletter.html

Wednesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)

May 5, 12, 19   

June 23

July 14, 21, 28

August  4, 11, 18

Wednesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)

May 5, 12, 19   

June 23

July 14, 21, 28

August 4, 11, 18

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am) 

May  8, 15, 22

June 19 

July 17, 24, 31

August 7,14, 21

Course Fees

  1. $35 per session or
  2. $200 per term (up to 8 sessions)

Please check our new terms and conditions (including FAQ) carefully. 

How to book & pay: https://www.shoso.com.au/p/tuition.html

New Student: Please send an application form, after reading our terms & conditions.


3. Class Dates Term 3, 2021


There may be some changes due to the COVID restriction. Please join our email group. http://www.shoso.com.au/p/newsletter.html

Wednesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)

August 25

September 1, 8, 15

October 6, 13, 20, 27

Wednesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)

August 25

September 1, 8, 15

October 6, 13, 20, 27

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am) 

August 28 

September 4

October 9, 16, 23

November 6, 13, 20


4. How to Learn Ikebana


If you have not really experienced the meditation in making ikebana, it may be hard for you to teach ikebana. Hope my message to new teachers and participants in Zoom Ikebana Dojo Level 3 will help them find the joy in ikebana. https://www.shoso.com.au/2021/06/how-to-learn-ikebana.html  


5. Ikebana Dojo


Join an online learning community using Zoom. Ikebana Dojo is not an online ikebana workshop, in which you can create your ikebana work by simply following instructions. Ikebana Dojo asks you to be more proactive. It is a great aid for independent ikebana training (Jishu Tore - in Japanese).

Four Ikebana Principles Level 3 - Starting soon 

How much: $10 for one session / $40 for 4 sessions

Details & Booking: http://www.ikebanadojo.org/2021/01/four-ikebana-elements-level-2.html

Note: Now you can watch video tutorials for free. Subscribe to our Youtube Channel. http://www.ikebanadojo.org/2020/07/ikebana-dojo-contrast-1.html  


6. Ikebana Introductory Class - New


One hour all inclusive ikebana workshop for beginners. Join with your friends or family. Venue: Murrumbeena or North Balwyn. 


7. Events Calendar


24 - 30 June 2021: Forth (and final) entry period for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021.

17 July 2021: Ikebana Introductory Class.

31 July 2021: Ikebana Introductory Class.

August 2021: Announcement of the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021.


14 August 2021: Ikebana Introductory Class

28 August  2021: Ikebana Introductory Class

4 September 2021: Ikebana Dinner Show

11&12 September 2021: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival. https://bit.ly/MelbourneIkebana


8. Ikebana Gallery Award - Don’t Miss the Deadline


24 - 30 June 2021: Fourth entry period for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021.

People’s Choice Award and Ikebana Gallery Award 2021 will be announced shortly. 


The International Society of Ikebana Research (ISIR) is now an official partner of Ikebana Gallery Award.  


9. International Society of Ikebana Research (ISIR)


a. International Society of Ikebana Research (ISIR) welcomes new members. www.ikebana.link. 

b. If you come across any unfamiliar ikebana related term, send an email to ISIR. ISIR will translate it for free and add it to its glossary. 

c. Shoso Shimbo was appointed to the Vice President of ISIR. Shoan Lo was appointed to a Secretary of ISIR. 

d. More ikebana essays are published in the ISIR website.  www.ikebana.link

e. Join their mailing list to receive the latest news. 

f. Call for ikebana essays. Share your ikebana experience.  


10. Publication - Shoso 2020


eBook, “Shoso Shimbo 2020” is on sale now. It is now available in Apple iBooks. http://bit.ly/Shoso2020


11. Ikebana in School 


Shoso and his associates start a new project to promote Ikebana to Australian students. http://bit.ly/Ikebana-School



12. Looking for Ikebana class near you?




13. How to follow Shoso’s activities




14. Where can I see Shoso’s works in Melbourne?




15. Miscellaneous


Gift ideas, Vouchers, eBook, shopping, Japanese garden design, ikebana related information etc. Miscellaneous. 


Dr Shoso Shimbo

0439 314 097



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