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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne 
March 2020 

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

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2. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 
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Please join our exhibition! All ikebana schools welcome.
Wa, an international ikebana festival, will be bigger and better this year with more new exciting events. 

Wa can promote ikebana most effectively and consequently it will provide our ikebana teachers with more professional opportunities. Wa also provides our teachers & students with opportunities to challenge and to develop as international ikebana artists. 

Some of highlights this year are: 
Ikebana Dinner Show, Renka with Mozart: Group Ikebana Performance with Orchestra 21, and Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky.    

Our Committee has been formed as follow: Director - Shoso Shimbo, Secretary - Nobuko Kobayashi, Treasury - Angeline Lo, Project Managers - Aileen Duke, Angeline Lo & Katrina (TBC), Site Manager - Sue Healey & Curator - Kaye Wong  

2.1. Please follow Wa & help promote Wa
Register your email to receive the latest news at https://waikebana.blogspot.com/

2.2 Volunteers Wanted
We need many volunteers toward the Wa 2020. Following positions are available at the moment. Please send an email to apply. wa.ikebana@gmail.com
a: Public Relation Manager - Create database/lists of our participants. Jenny Vu was appointed for this position.    
b: Assistant Site Manager - Support our site manager. 
c: Marketing Manager / Media Strategist - Create our marketing plan & help promotion. Yuki Matsuoka was appointed for this position. 

2.3. Application Opened for Exhibitors
We already have an international exhibitor from Japan. 
All ikebana teachers including local teachers - please apply through our online application now. We need your details soon. Local teachers can pay your fee later. Local students can apply through their teachers after June 2020.

2.4. Renka Performers Wanted
Would you like to perform at the Rena with Mozart? This is the first Renka with live orchestra in the Australian history of ikebana (arguably in the history of ikebana). Now only 4 positions left.       

Performers will be paid a small amount, if we sold more than 30 tickets, which is very likely! More importantly you will be a part of ikebana history in an international cultural festival.        

Details will be announced in class. All selected applicants have to attend special trainings including full day workshops.https://waikebana.blogspot.com/2020/01/news-ikebana-orchestra.html

2.5. More New Additions
  1. There will be dinner that all exhibitors can join on 19 September. 
  2. Poster exhibition project: All ikebana schools represented in Wa will be introduced in beautiful posters.   

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3. Events Calendar
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16 February 2020: The Bushfire Relief Auction. Shoso's ikebana work was sold at $950. Thank you.

15 March 2020: Special Ikebana workshop at Kazari. 

25 - 29 March: Melbourne Flower Show, 2020. See ikebana works by Shoan Lo & Shoso Shimbo. They will create displays under "Melbourne Ikebana Festival" at Shop Window Competition sections of the show. http://melbflowershow.com.au/

24 - 27 May 2020: Shoso will present a paper, Nature in Ikebana: Beyond sustainability at the Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, Tokyo. https://acah.iafor.org/acah2020/

12 August 2020: Japanese Aesthetics (From Ikebana to contemporary art), RMIT Short Courses. http://bit.ly/rmit-ikebana

12 September 2020: Shoan & Shoso will present Ikebana Dinner Show, Quaff Restaurant, Toorak. This is an opening event of the Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 2020 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

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4. Ikebana in School 
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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! 
    
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5. Class Dates, Term 1,  2020  
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Lessons on March 17 have been cancelled.

Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
February 4, 11, 18    
March 3, 17 
April 14, 21, 28                                         
May 5, 12

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
February 4, 11, 18    
March 3, 17 
April 14, 21, 28                                         
May 5, 12

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)   
February 1, 8,15, 22, 29   
March 14, 
April 18,                                          
May 2, 9, 16
  • Term 1 is a long term (10 sessions).  
  • Early bird discount is $200 for this term.
  • Discount Rate: $250 per term (10 sessions - long term).  
  • Standard Rate: $35 per session.
  • Term 2 will start from July 2020.
  • Our class will be held in Brighton for a few months in 2020. Details not known yet. 

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6. New Tuition Fees - Effective in July 2020 
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We have decided to update our fee policy for 2020. Please check the new conditions below, and make sure you ask if there is anything you don't understand. Please note that we are not offering an early bird discount any more as it seemed to be confusing for some students.

Six Important Principles 
1. We have 8 sessions in one term.  
2. Our fees are not negotiable and not refundable. 
3. The fee is valid only for the term in which you paid. 
4. The fee has to be paid upfront on the first lesson of the term.
5. If payment is not made on the first day you attended in the term, a late of fee of $10 will apply. 
6. Regular students can pay either by session ($35) or by term ($200). Don’t mix or change your option in the same term.     

Regular Students ( 2 options )
a. $35 per session
You can pick any class you are able to attend from the dates specified in our class dates and pay session by session. 
Please book by email when you are planning to attend. This is our most flexible option. It's ideal for short time visitors to Melbourne, or people who are unsure how many classes they can commit to in a term. 
b. $200 per term (8 Sessions)

New Students - First Term Only
a. Introductory Course: $75 for 3 Sessions
b. Post Introductory Course (from the 4th session to the end of the term): $25 X number of remaining lessons in the term (up to 5).
From your second term, you are not a new student but a regular student.  

More about Late Fee
The late fee of $10 will apply every time your payment is not made. If you pay on your third lesson of term you will incur a late payment of $20 because your payment was due on your first  & second lesson and is two sessions late on your third lesson. In short, don’t attend class without paying. Late fee applies for being late for paying in full upfront, but not for being late to start the term.
Q: When does the late fee apply? - Regular Students
A 1: If you attended the first lesson without paying in full because you did not have enough cash, or you could not work out how much to pay or any other reasons. You have 2 options on the second lesson. 
1) You pay $35 (1st lesson) + $35 (2nd lesson) + $10 (late fee)
2) You pay $200 (for the term) + $10 (late fee)
A 2: The late fee does not apply, if you start from the second week or later in a term, and pay on the day you attend. You have 2 options for the term:
1) Pay $35 each lesson.
2) $200 for the term (up to 8 sessions) 

Check class dates online: http://www.shoso.com.au
Bank Details - Account: Shoso Shimbo, BSB: 033-070, No. 286877               

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7. Q & A: New Tuition Fees - Effective in July 2020 
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Q: I missed one lesson this term. Can I make up the lesson next term?
A: No. You have to make up your missed lesson in the same term.

Q: I missed a few lessons this term. Can I get a discount next term?
A: No. Fees paid do not carry over from one term to another. We only give credit for the term when due to circumstances outside our control we have to cancel a class and cannot reschedule a make up lesson within a term.

Q: I missed some lessons this term. Can I get refund?
A: No. No refunds will be given. 

Q: I have attended 8 sessions in a term and would like to attend more in the same term. How much to pay for the extra sessions?
A: You must have attended more than once in a week. Pay $25 per session from the 9th session in the term. If payment is not made on the day, however, the late fee of $10 applies. 

Q: I failed to pay full on the first day I attended. What happens? 
A: Always pay on the first lesson to avoid the late fee. If you fail to pay on the first day you attend the term, the late fees apply. 
If you pay on the second lesson, you have 2 options. 
1) Pay $80 ($70 for 2 sessions plus $10 for late fee). Pay $35 lesson by lesson for the rest of the term. 
2) Pay $210 (the term fee and late fee).

Q: I failed to pay in full on the first two days I attended. How much do I have to pay on the third session? 
A: Find out yourself by reading the terms and conditions. Because you missed payment twice, your late fee is $20. If you failed to work out the right amount, we will send you an invoice of $90 ($35 x 2 sessions plus $20). 

Q: I missed the first 2 sessions and would like to start from the third week of the term. I can attend only 6 sessions this term. How much should I pay?
A: You have 2 options.
1) Pay $35 session by session.
2) Pay $200 for the term. If you don't pay on your first session, a $10 late fee will apply.

Q: I missed the first 3 sessions and would like to start from the fourth week of the term. How much should I pay?
A: You have 2 options.
1) Pay $35 session by session.
2) Pay $200 for the term. If you don't pay on your first session, a $10 late fee will apply.

Q: I paid by session twice. But my situation has changed. Can I pay by term from the third lesson?
A: No. You cannot change the way you pay in the same term. In addition, due to our non-refundable policy, changing your paying option does not give you much benefit.     
Only one possible option is to pay additional $200 for the term and restart the term from the third lesson. You may attend up to 6 weekly lessons and 2 make up lessons in the term. Paying by term may be cheaper per session, but that option has some conditions. 

Q: I am attending a course using a voucher that includes both tuition and flower materials. I could not give 24 hours notice to cancel my lesson. Can you prepare flowers for me again next time? 
A: Because we had late or no notice, the flowers we prepared for you were wasted. So you have two options. You may bring your own flowers next time or pay an extra fee to have your flowers prepared for you again. 

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8. Volunteers Wanted for Flower Show
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Please send an email, if you are available. shososhimbo@gmail.com             
Venue: Royal Exhibition Building
When: 10am - 6pm, Sunday 22 March
3pm - 7pm, Monday 23 March
9am - 5pm, Tuesday 24 March

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9. Ikebana Gallery Award 
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Semifinalists for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020 were announced. Thank you, Akemi Suzaki for your help in the selection. 


Ikebana Gallery Award is the first online Ikebana competition for all Ikebana students in the world and has been recognised as historically significant. This award provides the students with not just a special addition to their cv but also a rare opportunity to show their works, receive Likes and encouraging comments from more than 16,000 viewers around the world and international art experts.
                

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10. Looking for Ikebana class near you?
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Is Murrumbeena too far for you? Some of Shoso’s students have been qualified to teach and are running their own classes. 
Mulgrave: Akemi Suzuki - https://ikebanaakemi.wixsite.com/mysite
Mornington Peninsula: Shoto Duke -@shoto.ikebana, or email  eclipse@ikebana.net.au 
   
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11. How to follow Shoso’s activities
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a. Subscribe to a newsletter (this newsletter) from the News page in Shoso’s website. All of Shoso’s students have to join our email group.

b. Become a follower of his blog. The easiest way is to register your email address from the top page of his website. Find “follow by email" on the right hand side column. You will receive a notice when the blog is updated. www.shoso.com.au

c. If you have a Facebook account, like his page. http://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia

d. Like our Ikebana Gallery Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/IkebanaGallery 
You can see some of the works by Shoso's students on this page.

e. Shoso's Japanese blog contains all of the works he has had published monthly in the Japanese community paper, Dengon Net. 

f. Follow Shoso in Instagram. @shoso_shimbo, @ikebana.gallery  

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12. Where can I see Shoso’s works in Melbourne?
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a. Hanabishi Japanese restaurant
187 King St, Melbourne

b. Parkside plastic surgery 
1/168 Gipps St, East Melbourne

c. Saint Dreux
Level 2, St. Collins Lane, 260 Collins St, Melbourne 

d. Mondopiero
28 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 
Floating bamboos and a couple of ikebana sculptures are usually on display.

e. Koko Japanese Restaurant, Crown, Southbank    
Shoso’s flowers will be on display from Christmas day to the New Year day.   

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13. Miscellaneous
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a. Visit following shops for Ikebana containers, etc.
Kazari, 450 Malvern Rd, Prahran http://www.kazari.com.au/   
Made in Japan, 1-7 Wynyard St, South Melbourne https://mij.com.au
Nicholson Imports, 65 Myrtle St, Glen Waverley https://www.nicholsonimports.com.au

b. Great Japan tours. http://www.artsinspire.com.au/

c. International Society of Ikebana Studies (ISIS) welcomes new members. http://ikebana-isis.org/

d. Great gift. Buy Ikebana lesson vouchers online. http://www.shoso.com.au/p/gift-vouchers.html

e. Ikebana Display and Delivery in Melbourne. Weekly flowers by Shoso and his team for receptions etc. are available. http://www.shoso.com.au/p/display.html

f. Shoso’s Wedding Flowers. http://www.shoso.com.au/p/wedding.html

g.  Shoso’s eBook

h. Online Ikebana Lesson
Send a photo of your work to receive expert feedback. http://bit.ly/17T886Q

i. Japanese garden designs by Shoso Shimbo. Ask for a free quote.
(1) Shoso has designed a Japanese zen garden for Komeyui Japanese restaurant.
Where: 396 Bay St, Port Melbourne  
(2) Shoso's home garden was selected as one of the top ten gardens in the city of Glen Eira. 

Dr Shoso Shimbo
0439 314 097
Murrumbeena Melbourne