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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne 

August 2021  


1. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 


Our situation is a bit uncertain. We may have to cancel Wa due to the restriction. However, our committee agreed to go ahead with caution following the government’s safety advice. Let’s enjoy our new challenge. 

Wa is a very important ikebana event. Visiting Wa may be the first ikebana experience for some members of the community. It may be the only ikebana experience this year for many visitors. They will remember and talk about Wa when they think of ikebana. Let’s make it the best we can under the circumstances.     

a. Hanadayori: Ikebana by Request - Online Ikebana Exhibition

Thank you for your requests. Participating artists have a great opportunity to exhibit with several international artists. 

We will launch the exhibition on 4 September 2021. 



b. Tickets are on sale now. Please book now and also help our promotion. https://www.ikebanafestival.com/book-tickets

Ikebana Dinner Show (50% of the tickets sold)

Ikebana Demonstration 

Ikebana Workshops - Ikebana for Men, Ikebana for kids & Ikebana in Japanese, etc. 

Ikebana Conference - Kyoto, Melbourne & Belgium 

Ikebana & Perfume 

Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky (15% of the tickets sold)


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. 

All ceramic works at the exhibition are for sale. We have received entries of outstanding ceramic artists from all over Australia.

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

e. 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.  

f. 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

The latest restriction (3 August 2021) allows us to run a class in our creative studio. We have a class on 4 August 2021.

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

May 5, 12, 19   

June 23

July 14

August  4, 11, 18

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

May 5, 12, 19   

June 23

July 14

August 4, 11, 18

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am) 

May  8, 15, 22

June 19 

July 31  

August 7, 14, 21, 28

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) 

September 4

October 9, 16, 23

November 6, 13, 20, 27


4. Ikebana Introductory Class - New


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


5. Events Calendar


31 July 2021: Ikebana Introductory Class. Fully Booked & Cancelled

August 2021: Announcement of the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021.


14 August 2021: Ikebana Introductory Class

28 August  2021: Ikebana Introductory Class Fully Booked

4 September  2021Ikebana Introductory Class

4 September 2021: Ikebana Dinner Show

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

18 September 2021Ikebana Introductory Class


6. 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  


7. 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  


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


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



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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



Murrumbeena Melbourne

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Ikebana Gallery Award

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