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Ikebana Newsletter August 2019 

1. New Mail Group
Please join our email group.

2. Ikebana Performance 
Wa: Ikebana Performance with the Grigoryan Brothers 
31 August 2019
Melbourne Recital Centre
Tickets are selling fast. Over 65% sold 

3. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival  
a. We have closed application for new Wa committee members, but we will ask many of you to be volunteers. Please visit our New website:      

b. Please note that booking is required for all the programs except exhibition. Please don’t assume that exhibitors will have free access to all the programs. In particular, don’t miss our demonstration. Learn great techniques from our own top teachers, and interstate & international visitors. Visit programs page for the details.

c. If you are going to exhibit, please read information in our blog, In particular, Program & Exhibitor Guideline page. Please don’t forget to submit your design proposal.   

d. Wa website, will help promote you, your work & your business, if you are a qualified ikebana teacher. We will start a series of posts on “our exhibitors”, introducing you and your works. Hope this will encourage more people to exhibit with us. 
Please send 2 images of your works (0.5 Meg or less each), your short Bio (up to 200 words), and websites, Facebook accounts etc to Your work and your contact etc will be published in our site, Facebook and Instagram.    

4. Events Calendar
1 July 2019: Booking is open for Artists Talk and Ikebana Demonstration at Wa.  

July 2019: Ikebana Gallery Award 2019, Semifinalists were announced.

4 August 2019: Deadline for joining Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival (individual participant). Join Melbourne Ikebana Festival as an exhibitor.

August 2019: Ikebana Gallery Award 2019 will be announced.

14 August 2019: 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.   

31 August 2019: Ikebana Performance with the Grigoryan Brothers
Melbourne Recital Centre

30 September 2019: Deadline for submitting essay for International Journal of Ikebana Studies.
Would you like to get your ikebana essay published?

5. Ikebana in School 
Shoso and his associates start a new project to promote Ikebana to Australian students. If you know someone who is teaching Japanese language at a primary or secondary school, please let her/him know! 
6. Class Dates, Term 2,  2019  
Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
May 7, 14, 21  
June 4, 18, 25
July 23, 30

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
May 7, 14, 21  
June 4, 18, 25
July 23, 30

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
May 4, 18  
June 1, 8, 15, 22
July 20, 27

7. Class Dates, Term 3,  2019  
There may be some changes in class dates. Please join our email group.

Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
August 6, 13, 20, 27  
September 10, 17
October 8, 15

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
August 6, 13, 20, 27  
September 10, 17
October 8, 15

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
August 3, 10, 17, 24
September 7, 14
October 12, 26

8. Tuition Fees 
We will have 8 sessions in one term. 
Our fees are not negotiable and not refundable. 
The fee is valid only for the term in which you paid. 

a. Standard Rate: $35 per session
You can pick any class you are able to attend from the dates specified in our class dates and pay session by session. We prefer that you book by email when you are planning to attend. This is very simple and flexible, and ideal for short time visitors to Melbourne, or people who are unsure how many classes they can commit in a term.

b. Discount Rate: $200 per term (8 sessions)  
$75 for introductory Course (3 Sessions)
Post introductory Course (up to 5 sessions) - available only once
A condition for the Discount Rate is upfront payment. If payment is not made full on the first lesson, the discount rate does not apply. This is non-negotiable.

c. Early Bird Discount: $160 per term (8 sessions)
This option is available only for continuing students. The fee has to be paid during the first week of each term. If payment is not made full on the due date, the discount rate does not apply and only standard rate applies for the term. This is non-negotiable. It is your responsibility to check the due date each term.  

Continuing students means those who have attended at least 3 sessions in the previous term. “Regular students” who took a break for one term, for instance, are not continuing students in our definition.  

Those who have attended 8 sessions in one term and would like to attend extra sessions in the same term can pay $25 per session. If payment is not made on the day, however, standard rate applies. 

Check class dates online:
Bank Details - Account: Shoso Shimbo, BSB: 033-070, No. 286877                             
9. Ikebana Exhibition - Sogetsu Victoria
When: 16 - 21 July & 23 - 28 July 
Where: Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery
Some of Shoso’s students will exhibit their works.  

10. Ikebana Gallery Award 
Ikebana Gallery Award is the first online Ikebana competition for all Ikebana students in the world and has been recognised as historically significant. This award provides the students with not just a special addition to their cv but also a rare opportunity to show their works, receive Likes and encouraging comments from more than 16,000 viewers around the world and international art experts.
Ikebana Gallery is running a petition, Make Facebook Safer & Wiser. Please help by adding your name.

Please like Ikebana Gallery Facebook page to receive the updates.

11. Judges / Committee for Ikebana Gallery Award 
We are pleased to announce that Dr Mino joined the Ikebana Gallery Award Judging panel. Dr Mino is the Director - Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, the Vice Chairman - Sotheby’s North America, the Chief Executive Director - the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa & the Honorary Director - Osaka Municipal Museum of Art. 

We are excited that Mr Yuichiro Hinata joined the IGA committee. Mr Hinata is a master teacher in Sogetsu School and director of Hanaike Battle,
12. Diploma Course Redefined
With introduction of a new text book 5 in Sogetsu school, we need to make some changes in our teaching diploma course. When you start a diploma course, please choose A, aiming to obtain the diploma ASAP or B, aiming to obtain the diploma at your own pace. Under our current course conditions, A is done in 40 to 60 sessions and B requires 80 to 90 sessions to complete. Please tell your intention and discuss with your teacher.   

If you choose A, there will be HOMEWORK. If you don’t do HOMEWORK, you will not be able to complete the course in time and we assume that your choice is B ( 3 to 4 years to complete diploma if attended 24 sessions per year). Please ask the details in class. This applies only to Shoso Shimbo’s courses.  

Please note that there will be important restructuring in our post-diploma courses shortly.   
14. 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 - @eclipse.ikebana, @shoto.ikebana, or email 

15. Salvos Community Fundraising through Ikebana:
Ikebana workshops at your venue 
Shoso Shimbo and his team can offer many type of ikebana workshops now. You may be able to earn more than $200 per hour and donate $50 or more to a charity by hosting our popular one hour workshop.   
Shoso’s team has joined Salvos Community Fundraising.
Share this story if you know someone who might be interested. 

16. Shoso's Ikebana Course at RMIT 
Shoso teaches  "Japanese Aesthetics: From Ikebana to Contemporary Art" at RMIT University Short Courses. It will be available for anyone (not just for RMIT students). This class will take participants on a journey to explore the theory of Japanese aesthetics through practical exercises.


Q: Hello Shoso
I was in your course this year & enjoyed it so much, I would like to do another with you next year. Hopefully the one starting in Feb.
Could you advise if you will be covering different topics. I don't mind repeating though but want to learn as much as I can for my second trip to Japan, April 2019. I may have a few friends also interested.
I loved my recent trip & took up many of your suggestions, Nezu Gallery & garden, Cerulean Hotel, garden of New Otani hotel, plus sampled wagashi & bought some home, everything I saw & experienced was a delight.

A: Our next course starts from 14 August 2019 with new topics. The course includes many trip advices on appreciating Japanese art. Please book early.

17. Shoso’s eBook
Shoso has made his 2016 Reflections Collection available to purchase as an e-book.

18. Online Ikebana Lesson
Send a photo of your work to receive expert feedback.
Please follow the instruction, particularly the size of the photo to send.
You work may be published on our blog, but this exercise does not contribute directly to your Sogetsu certificate. 

20. How to follow Shoso’s activities
a. Subscribe to a newsletter (this 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,  

21. 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.   

22. Miscellaneous
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. 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. 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. 
(3) Vertical garden at Mondopiero, Fitzroy.

Dr Shoso Shimbo
0439 314 097
Murrumbeena Melbourne