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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne 

October  2021  


1. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 


The Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival will be held on 10 & 11 September 2022. https://www.ikebanafestival.com

If you have already paid your exhibitor fee for this year, please let us know your bank details by email (wa.ikebana@gmail.com). We will refund your fee as soon as possible. 


2. Wa: Online Exhibition  


Hanadayori - Online Exhibition by International Ikebana Artists.


News: Hanadayori was very popular and successful. As there were several requests to see the project in a book format, we are planing to publish Hanadayori 2022 as an eBook & a photo book (33 X 28 cm) so that we can sell it to a global audience. 

Ikebana from Melbourne 2021 - Online Exhibition by Wa Exhibitors. 



3. Ikebana Container exhibition


Wa will run Australia Ikebana Container Award & Exhibition. Internationally renowned Hiroe Swen will be the judge for this award. Win Aus$1000 award. 

We are pleased to show you the amazing artworks by nation's top ceramic artists. The exhibitors’ catalogue has been published in our website.


4. Lesson Coupon


Due to the current conditions, our class dates have been so irregular. To give a bit more flexibility, we will introduce Ikebana Lesson Coupon. You can join any class without waiting for a new term. 

Check our class dates on News page, book & join the class.  

Price: $90 for 3 sessions.


1. The coupon is valid for 1 year from the date of the purchase.    

2. No refund will be given.  

3. We may stop selling coupons at any time.  

4. Please book each lesson, as there may be a limit in number of students to attend. 


5. 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

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

2 more session after lockdown

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

2 more session after lockdown

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am) 

4 more sessions after Lockdown

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.


6. Class Dates Term 3, 2021


September to December 2021. Will be rescheduled after the current lockdown. Please check News page in www.shoso.com.au


7. Ikebana Introductory Class 


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

Visit the following post for the latest update.



8. Events Calendar


September 2021: Entries open for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2022.

23 October 2021: Ikebana Introductory Class - to be confirmed. 

December 2021:  Entries open for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2022.


9. Recent Publication 


2021a. An interpretation of Ikenobo Senno Kuden (16c) and its hidden link to the rise of freestyle ikebana in modern Japan, International Journal of Ikebana Studies, v.8, 86-95.

2021b. (In print) 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), Traditional Culture, Kyoto University of Arts Publishing.

2021c. (In print) Environmental art: Ikebana meets contemporary art, Craft - Tradition and Invention: Educating in the crafts - The global experience. Book two. Springer Nature. 

2021d. In Search of Poetry in Flower Arrangement, Garland Magazine.   


10. 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 (Early November)

Details & Booking: http://www.ikebanadojo.org

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  


11. Ikebana Gallery Award 


Entries to the Ikebana Gallery Award 2022 have opened. 



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

News: The winner of Ikebana Gallery Award will be invited to join the Hanadayori project. 


12. 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.  


13. Publication - Shoso 2020


eBook, “Shoso Shimbo 2020” is on sale now. It is now available in Apple iBooks. http://bit.ly/Shoso2020


14. Ikebana in School 


Shoso and his associates start a new project to promote Ikebana to Australian students. http://bit.ly/Ikebana-School



15. Looking for Ikebana class near you?




16. How to follow Shoso’s activities




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




18. Miscellaneous


Tsubo Zen Gardens specialises creating small Japanese gardens in Melbourne. 

Gift ideas, Vouchers, eBook, 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

Tsubo Zen Gardens