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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne 

July 2022  


1. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 


Ikebana for more people. The Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival will be held on 10 & 11 September 2022.  

Application for exhibitors opened. 

Booking opened for Ikebana Workshops, Ikebana Demonstration, Ikebana Dinner Show, Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky.  


2. Wa: Online Exhibitions & eBook 


What kind of ikebana would you like to see? We will ask ikebana masters and practitioners around the world to make a special arrangement in response to requests and exhibit them at our online exhibition, Hanadayori 2022.

Send your request by 30 June 2022. Let’s promote ikebana to the wider community. Thank you.


3. Ikebana Container exhibition


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


4. Class Dates Term 2, 2022


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

11, 18, 25 May  

1, 15, 22 June 

13, 20 July 

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

11, 18, 25 May  

1, 15, 22 June 

13, 20 July 

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am) 

14, 21, 28 May  

4, 11, 18 June 

16, 23 July

23  July 2022 - to be confirmed.  

Course Fees

  1. $35 per session or
  2. $200 per term (up to 8 sessions) or
  3. $90 for 3 sessions (lesson coupon)

Please check our new terms and conditions (including FAQ). 

How to book & pay: https://www.shoso.com.au/p/tuition.html

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


5. Class Dates Term 3, 2022


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

3, 10, 17, 24 August 

7, 14 September 

5, 26 October 

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

3, 10, 17, 24 August 

7, 14 September 

5, 26 October 

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am) 

6, 13, 20, 27 August 

3 September 

29 October

12, 19 November


5. New Bank Account


Our new account details are as follow:

Account Name: Tsubo Melbourne Pty Ltd

BSB: 033070

Account number: 527917

Our old account for Shoso Shimbo S.T. is no longer available. 


6. 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. 


16 July 2022

30 July 2022

13 August 2022

27 August 2022

24 September 2022

29 October 2022

Order a Gift Voucher.

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7. Ikebana Dojo - Meditation & Dedication - Online Course 

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Ikebana Dojo Level 2 (Four Ikebana Elements) - Starting from 2 July 2022 (All welcome). 

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

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

1000 Ikebana Challenge - Starting from 1 July 2022. Sold Out.  

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

Ikebana Dojo offers one of the most unusual online ikebana courses today. We believe that much of modern ikebana developed with the influence of the Western Modern Art Movement while denying its cultural and spiritual tradition - the way of flowers

Ikebana courses such as “Easy Ikebana”, “Fun Ikebana” , or “Impressive Ikebana” seem to be popular today, particularly outside Japan. Those courses may teach ikebana as art but not as the way of flowers. They can never produce true ikebana masters because they do not teach the essence of ikebana - meditation & dedication. 

Zoom Ikebana Dojo aims to teach meditation through its Ikebana Aesthetic Program, and dedication through its 1000 Ikebana Challenge. Our mission is to teach ikebana as the way of flowers, making links with Japanese traditional culture, and to help more people master ikebana online.   


8. Events Calendar


30 June 2022: Deadline for Hanadayori Request

1 July 2022: 1000 Ikebana Challenge 

2 July 2022: Four Ikebana Elements, Level 2

12 July 2022: Ikebana Workshop at Beleura House - Sold out in one day

16 July 2022: Ikebana Introduction Workshop ($60)  

30 July 2022: Ikebana Introduction Workshop ($60)

1 September 2022: Ikebana Dinner Show.

10 September 2022: Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky

https://www.ikebanafestival.com/book-tickets/ikebana-performance-with-paul-grabowsky. Booking Opened

10 & 11 September 2022: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival. https://www.ikebanafestival.com



9. Ikebana at Villa Alba 


To promote Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival Shoan, Shoka, Karen & Shoso decorated one of the largest rooms of the historical mansion with ikebana. You Tube video will be available shortly. 



10. Recent Publication 


2022a. 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. https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/ikebana/list/-char/en

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

2022c. (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), 「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


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)


Ikebana Conference

What is Ikebana Performance?

Presenters: Dr Jill Orr, Dr Shoso Shimbo & Hiroki Ohara (Ohara School Headmaster) 

When: 11 September 2022

Venue: Community Room, Abbotsford Convent & Online

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.  

g. New publication by the president of ISIR, Dr Osamu Inoue (2021), Nature, Man and Flowers.



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. See their recent works. 

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