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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne 

July 2020 


1. Ikebana Dojo


Join an online learning community using Zoom.


Next Session, 4:00pm - 4:30pm, Saturday 20 June 2020

(Apply by 16 June 2020)

Details of the task: https://zoomikebanadojo.blogspot.com/2020/06/task-for-session-on-20-june-2020.html 

Details: https://bit.ly/dojoikebana

Please follow the site by subscribing at “Follow by Email”  

Note: Now you can watch a video tutorial for free. https://zoomikebanadojo.blogspot.com/2020/06/ikebana-dojo-balance-1.html Subscribe our Youtube Channel.  

What is the rationale for this project?

1. To provide ikebana teachers, including early career teachers, opportunities to practice teaching ikebana in a relaxed environment. We also hope to help our teachers develop skills to teach online. 

2. To provide many ikebana students with the opportunity to learn from international ikebana artists. In particular, there are many students who don't have access to quality ikebana tuition due to where they live. We are planning to invite the world class masters to take part in this project as facilitators. 

3. To supplement the traditional teaching of ikebana, in which design theories are not to be discussed. Shoso developed a new curriculum to help beginners as well as those who need extra help in learning the essence of ikebana.  


2. A Special Guest for Ikebana Dojo


Dr Inoue, Associate Professor of Kyoto University of the Arts will join Ikebana Dojo as a special guest facilitator. Dr Inoue is nationally & internationally regarded as the most outstanding ikebana philosopher with numerous publications on ikebana and he is Professor at Sagagoryu School of Ikebana. Also he has been a special judge for Ikebana Gallery Award.

When: 4:00pm - 4:30pm, Saturday 4 July 2020

How much?: A$20 

How to join?: Send your application form from the site, https://bit.ly/dojoikebana 


3. New Mail Group


Please join our email group. http://www.shoso.com.au/p/newsletter.html


4. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 


Check the latest update: https://waikebana.blogspot.com/2020/04/wa-2020-update-20-april-2020.html



5. Events Calendar


24 - 27 May 2020: Shoso presented a paper, “Nature in Ikebana: Ikebana before and after the war” online at the Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities. https://acah.iafor.org/acah2020/

June 2020: Sculpture Installation. Shoan Lo & Shoso Shimbo have been commissioned to design art works (stainless steel sculpture and wall piece ) for the newly built Le Pine Hall in Kew. Both works reflect ikebana aesthetics and philosophy.   

19 June 2020: Shoso will conduct an Ikebana workshop using Zoom for the students of Shelford Girls Grammar School. 

4pm, 20 June 2020: Ikebana Dojo. Zoom online Ikebana lesson.


24 - 30 June 2020: Post your work to win the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020. https://bit.ly/IkebanaAward20

27 June 2020: Shoso will give a lecture using Zoom for the students of Kyoto University of the Arts.

4 July 2020: Ikebana Dojo with Associate Professor Dr Inoue (Kyoto University of the Arts). 


14 July 2020: A new term of ikebana course starts at 60 Martin Street, Brighton. Thank you for waiting. 

12 September 2020: Shoan & Shoso will present Ikebana Dinner Show, Quaff Restaurant, Toorak. https://waikebana.blogspot.com/p/program.html   


19 & 20 September 2020: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival. https://waikebana.blogspot.com/


20 September 2020: Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky at Melbourne Recital Centre. https://www.shoso.com.au/2019/10/ikebana-performance-with-paul-grabowsky.html



6. Class Dates Term 2, 2020


Venue: 60 Martin Street, Brighton 

NOTE 1: All students (including current students), please apply using an application form this term. We need to update your contact details. https://form.jotform.com/200651984101852  

Thank you. 

NOTE 2: We have a senior family member in the house. If you have any flu like symptoms, please don’t join our class yet, and wait a bit longer. Instead join our Zoom Ikebana Dojo.  

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

July 14, 21

August 4, 11, 18

September 1, 8, 15

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

July 14, 21

August 4, 11, 18

September 1, 8, 15

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)   

July 18, 25, 

August 1, 8, 15, 29

September 5, 12



7. New Tuition Fees - Effective in July 2020 


Details: https://www.shoso.com.au/p/tuition.html

Check class dates online: http://www.shoso.com.au

Join our newsletter: http://www.shoso.com.au/p/newsletter.html

Bank Details - Account: Shoso Shimbo, BSB: 033-070, No. 286877               



8. Q & A: Tuition 





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


Important changes have been made. If interested, please choose 3 of your recent best works and post them by yourself to IGA Facebook page between 24 to 30 June. Please visit website for the details. 



10. Publication


Following essays by Wa 2019 exhibitors were accepted for the International Journal of Ikebana Studies, Vol.6. Congratulations!



11. 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! 

Details: 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


Vouchers, gifts, shopping, Japanese garden design, ikebana related information etc. Miscellaneous. 


Dr Shoso Shimbo

0439 314 097



Murrumbeena Melbourne

Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival

Ikebana Gallery Award

Zoom Ikebana Dojo