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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne 

August 2023  


1. Events Calendar


July 2024: A Collaboration Project between Shoso & Hiroe Swen.

17 July 2024: Ikebana Workshop at Beleura, Mornington  

3 August 2024: New Term for our Certificate Course

10 August 2024: Ikebana Introduction Workshop

10 August 2024: Monthly Ikebana Challenge, Zoom Ikebana Dojo

11 August 2024: Ikebana Workshop at Glen Eira Art Gallery.

5 - 8 September 2024: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival. 

7 September 2024: Hanadayori Night: Ikebana Performance by Shoso Shimbo Accompanied by Slava Grigoryan (guitar), Melbourne Recital Centre.

14 September 2024: Monthly Ikebana Challenge, Zoom Ikebana Dojo

14 September 2024: Ikebana Aesthetics Program Level 3 - Beyond Design Principles, Ikebana Dojo. 

12 October 2024: Ikebana Introduction Workshop 


2. Class Dates Term 3, 2024


Note: There are some changes!

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

7 August - Nageire Practice

14, 21, 28 August    

11, 18 September

16, 23 October

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

7 August - Nageire Practice

14, 21, 28 August    

11, 18 September

16, 23 October

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am) 

3 August - Nageire Practice

10, 17, 24, 31 August

14, 21 September

12 October

Course Fees

  1. $40 per session or
  2. $200 per term (up to 8 sessions) or
  3. $100 for 3 sessions

How to book & pay:

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

  • Please check our new terms and conditions (including FAQ). 
  • There are some misunderstandings about our make-up lesson service & late fees. Check FAQ.
  • Please join our mailing list. There may be some changes in our class dates. 
  • The first session of each term is a nageire challenge. Master basic nageire styles! 


3. Ikebana Introductory Class - Gift Voucher Available


One-hour all-inclusive ikebana workshop for beginners. Join with your friends or family. $60 p.p. 

Venue: Murrumbeena or North Balwyn. 


4. New Bank Account


Our new account details are as follows:

Account Name: Tsubo Melbourne Pty Ltd

BSB: 033070

Account number: 527917


5. Hanadayori: Online Exhibitions, Photo Book & Perfumes


Online Exhibition -

Photobook -

Perfumes -

In celebration of the Hanadayori 2023 launch, Metascent proudly introduces the Hanadayori Collection, a bespoke line of fragrances. This collection features three meticulously crafted perfumes incorporating Japanese plant essences—sakura, yuzu, and hinoki. It's a tribute to nature by Metascent, and your purchase directly supports the Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival scheduled for September 7 & 8, 2024.


6. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival - International Ikebana Event


a: Apply to Exhibit (ikebana artists & ceramic artists)

b: Book Tickets

c. Seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join our team.

Expanding the joy of ikebana to a wider audience! Save the dates for the Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival on 7 & 8 September 2024, featuring an increased number of exhibitors and special events. 

Our goal is to generate greater interest in ikebana, enabling our new teachers to thrive in their roles as both working artists and instructors. Join us in cultivating a flourishing community of ikebana enthusiasts!

Mr. Oshun Tsukagoshi is going to bring over 20 artists to Melbourne. If you have an Instagram account, we encourage you to follow Oshun, show your appreciation by liking his posts, and leave thoughtful comments. Let's come together to express our wholehearted support for this endeavour.

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7. Ikebana Dojo - Online Courses - Book Now

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Ikebana Dojo Level 3 - Starting from September 2024. 

Details & Booking:

Note: All welcome. Now you can watch many of our video tutorials for free. Subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Monthly Ikebana Challenge & 1000 Ikebana Challenge

All welcome. About Zoom Ikebana Dojo.



8. Ikebana Gallery Award 2024


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


9. International Society of Ikebana Research (ISIR)


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

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 as the Vice President of ISIR. Shoan Lo was appointed as a Secretary of ISIR. 

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

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


10. Ikebana in School 


Shoso and his associates started a new project to promote Ikebana to Australian students.


11. Shoso featured in the media  


ABC Gardening Australia -

The Age Newspaper -

SBS - SBS Japanese radio program. 



12. Looking for an Ikebana class near you?



13. How to follow Shoso’s activities


YouTube Video - Autumn Arrangement.


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


Saint Dreux, Melbourne Emporium

Parkside Plastic Surgery, East Melbourne


15. Ikebana for your shop/office? 


Elevate your shop or office ambience with a touch of fresh ikebana! Shoso and his skilled team are ready to craft stunning floral arrangements tailored to your space. 

Enjoy the beauty of weekly ikebana starting from $150, $200, or $350. Treat yourself and those around you to the enduring charm of these exquisite displays.


16. Recent Publications 


Shoso’s Publication 

2024a. The Way of Ikebana (Translation), a chapter from “Hana ni ikiru hitotachi e” (1967) by Suido Yamane. International Journal of Ikebana Studies, 11, 31-34.

2024b. いけ花と環境倫理 International Journal of Ikebana Studies, 11, 26-30

2024c. Art of Meditation: Attitudes to Nature in Japanese Gardens and Ikebana, Garland Magazine 35, Launch - 24 June 2024.

2023c. いけ花の国際化:オーストラリア、メルボルンから、(Internationalisation of Ikebana: Case Studies in Melbourne), 花美術館

2023b.「専応口伝」における面かげの形而上学International Journal of Ikebana Studies,10, 21-28.

2023a. What is Ikebana (2): Selected passages from “Hana ni ikiru hitotachi e” (1967) by Suido Yamane. International Journal of Ikebana Studies, 10, 29-30.

2022. 第二次大戦前後の生け花場における自由花運動の相対的位相 (Relative positions of Freestyle Ikebana Movement in the field of ikebana before and after the WWⅡ)「はじめて学ぶ芸術の教科書、伝統文化研究編」井上治、森田都紀(編)、京都芸術大学芸術学舎

amazonPOD  価格¥1300

Kindleストア 価格¥1200


17. Publication - Shoso 2020


eBook, “Shoso Shimbo 2020” is on sale now. It is now available in Apple iBooks.


18. Ikebana Container Exhibition - Biennale


Entries opened. Australia Ikebana Container Award & Exhibition. Internationally renowned Hiroe Swen is the judge for this award (Aus$1000). Hiroe was recognised with the Order of Australia (AM) on 12 June 2023. 


19. Miscellaneous


Tsubo Zen Gardens specialises in creating small Japanese gardens in Melbourne. See a recent project, a private garden in Seddon.  

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

Dr Shoso Shimbo

0439 314 097

Murrumbeena Melbourne

Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival

Ikebana Gallery Award

Zoom Ikebana Dojo

Tsubo Zen Gardens