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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne 

November 2023  


1. Events Calendar


June/October 2023: Launch of Hanadayori 2023.

22 October - 3 December 2023: Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Award: Shoso’s work was selected as a finalist.  

28 October - 5 November 2023: Five Ways: Wood Fired Exhibition, Meat Market, 2 Wreckyn St, North Melbourne. Shoan Lo created an ikebana work for the exhibition.  @mudibird 

9 November - 3 December 2023: Interior: Small Sculpture Exhibition, YAVA Gallery, Shoso’s work was selected for this exhibition. 

25 November 2023:  Ikebana Introduction Workshop ($60).

9 December 2023:  Ikebana Introduction Workshop ($60).

January 2024: New Intakes for Ikebana Aesthetics Program & 1000 Ikebana Challenge, Ikebana Dojo, 

February 2024: The new term starts for Ikebana Certificate Courses. 

7 & 8 September 2024: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival. 


2. Class Dates Term 3, 2023


There is a change in Saturday Class!!

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

13 September - Nageire Practice/Practice for Exhibitions

 4, 11, 18, 25 October 

1, 8, 15 November 

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

13 September - Nageire Practice/Practice for Exhibitions

 4, 11, 18, 25 October 

1, 8, 15 November 

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am) 

16 September - Nageire Practice/Practice for Exhibitions

7, 14, 21, 28 October 

4, 18, 25 November (No lesson on 11 November)

Course Fees

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

Please check our new terms and conditions (including FAQ). There are some misunderstandings about our make-up lesson service. 

How to book & pay:

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

* 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. 

Dates (Murrumbeena):

25 November 2023

9 December 2023

13 January 2024

27 January 2024


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


What kind of ikebana would you like to see? We will ask ikebana practitioners around the world to make a special arrangement in response to requests and exhibit them at our online exhibition, Hanadayori 2023. We are pleased to welcome so many international ikebana artists! Let’s promote ikebana to the wider community. 

To celebrate the launch of Hanadayori 2023, Metascent has created a new suite of perfumes, the Hanadayori Collection. The collection includes three types of perfume, which have been newly developed using the Japanese plant essences of sakura, yuzu and hinoki. The Hanadayori Collection is a celebration of nature by Metascent.

You can pre-order the Hanadayori Collection from now to June 2023. Your purchase will support the Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival, which will be held on 7 & 8 September 2024.

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6. Ikebana Dojo - Meditation & Dedication - Online Courses 

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Ikebana Dojo Level 1 - Starting from January 2024. 

Details & Booking:

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

1000 Ikebana Challenge - Starting from January 2024.

Make an ikebana work a day over 1000 days. One of the hardest and most enjoyable ikebana courses ever. All welcome including beginners. 

About Zoom Ikebana Dojo.



7. Ikebana Gallery Award 


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


8. 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.  


9. Ikebana in School 


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


10. Shoso at ABC Gardening Australia 


Shoso’s home garden was featured in the popular TV show.


11. Ikebana on The Age Newspaper



12. Talk on Ikebana for SBS


Shoso talked about Ikebana for the SBS Japanese radio program. 



13. Looking for an Ikebana class near you?



14. How to follow Shoso’s activities



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


Saint Dreux, Melbourne Emporium

Parkside Plastic Surgery, East Melbourne


16. Ikebana for your shop/office? 


Would you like 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. 


17. Recent Publication 


2023c. (In Print) 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.

2022e Seeing the Invisible: Applying Discourse Analysis to the Introduction of Senno Kuden (16 c), The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (2022). 

2022d (In Print). Shoso’s essay was selected for “Tradition and Invention - 25 Essays”, Education in the Craft, the Global Experience, Springer Publishers Technical Vocational Education Training Series Book 2. Book 1, “Craft Shaping Society” was published and has been translated into French, Japanese and German. 

2022c. A Proposal for Online Ikebana Training: Developing and Evaluating a New Curriculum to Teach Ikebana as Meditation, International Journal of Ikebana Studies, v.9, 19-36. 

International Journal of Ikebana Studies is available online for free.

2022b. What is ikebana? (1). International Journal of Ikebana Studies, Vol.9, 76 - 78.

2022a. 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 WW)「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

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■Kindleストア 価格¥1200


18. Publication - Shoso 2020


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


19. Ikebana Container Exhibition - Biennale


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


20. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival - Biennale


Ikebana for more people. The Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival will be held again on 7 & 8 September 2024 with more exhibitors and special events. Our aim is to create more demand for ikebana so that our new teachers can work or teach as ikebana artists.    

We are pleased to announce that Oshun Tsukagoshi will join the Wa 2024 with his students from Japan. Details will be advised shortly. 

We are also pleased to announce that Hiroe Swen will join The Wa 2024. 



21. 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