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Ikebana Newsletter September 2019 

1. New Mail Group
Please join our email group.

2. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 
Wa 2019 was a great success. Thank you all for your hard work. Shoso’s thank you message at the opening:

Some of comments we received:
“Thank you for the immense amount of organization on the part of yourself and the committee to make the Ikebana Festival such a successful event. I feel fortunate to have found your school and such a talented and dedicated group of artists to work with. I look forward to the 2020 Festival”
“Thanks for the great team effort during the weekend. Well done everyone. “
“ I’m writing to thank you for organising such a lovely concert last night. I hope you were happy with the outcome.  It certainly was a great experience for all who attended.”
“I am pleased that the Wa Festival was successful. I do know what a huge amount of work goes into such an event.”
I did not include authors' names here, because I did not have a time to check their consent to publish. But I'm sure that they are all happy for me to share a part of their comment here. 
3. Events Calendar
29 September 2019: Ikebana Workshop at Kazari 

30 September 2019: Deadline for submitting essay for International Journal of Ikebana Studies. Would you like to get your ikebana essay published?

23 October 2019: RMIT Japanese Aesthetics.

19 & 20 September 2020: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival.

20 September 2020: Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky at Melbourne Recital Centre

4. 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! 
5. Class Dates, Term 3,  2019  
There may be some changes in class dates. Please join our email group.

Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
August 6, 13, 20, 27  
September 10, 17
October 8, 15

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
August 6, 13, 20, 27  
September 10, 17
October 8, 15

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
August 3, 10, 17, 24
September 7, 14
October 12, 26

6. Tuition Fees 
We will have 8 sessions in one term. 
Our fees are not negotiable and not refundable. 
The fee is valid only for the term in which you paid. 

a. Standard Rate: $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. We prefer that you book by email when you are planning to attend. This is very simple and flexible, and ideal for short time visitors to Melbourne, or people who are unsure how many classes they can commit in a term.

b. Discount Rate: $200 per term (8 sessions)  
$75 for introductory Course (3 Sessions)
Post introductory Course (up to 5 sessions) - available only once
A condition for the Discount Rate is upfront payment. If payment is not made full on the first lesson, the discount rate does not apply. This is non-negotiable.

c. Early Bird Discount: $160 per term (8 sessions)
This option is available only for continuing students. The fee has to be paid during the first week of each term. If payment is not made full on the due date, the discount rate does not apply and only standard rate applies for the term. This is non-negotiable. It is your responsibility to check the due date each term.  

Continuing students means those who have attended at least 3 sessions in the previous term. “Regular students” who took a break for one term, for instance, are not continuing students in our definition.  

Those who have attended 8 sessions in one term and would like to attend extra sessions in the same term can pay $25 per session. If payment is not made on the day, however, standard rate applies. 

Check class dates online:
Bank Details - Account: Shoso Shimbo, BSB: 033-070, No. 286877                             
7. Ikebana Gallery Award 

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.
8. Diploma Course Redefined
With introduction of a new text book 5 in Sogetsu school, we need to make some changes in our teaching diploma course. When you start a diploma course, please choose A, aiming to obtain the diploma ASAP or B, aiming to obtain the diploma at your own pace. Under our current course conditions, A is done in 40 to 60 sessions and B requires 80 to 90 sessions to complete. Please tell your intention and discuss with your teacher.   

If you choose A, there will be HOMEWORK. If you don’t do HOMEWORK, you will not be able to complete the course in time and we assume that your choice is B ( 3 to 4 years to complete diploma if attended 24 sessions per year). Please ask the details in class. This applies only to Shoso Shimbo’s courses.  

Please note that there will be important restructuring in our post-diploma courses shortly.   
9. Looking for Ikebana class near you?
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 -
Mornington Peninsula: Shoto Duke - @eclipse.ikebana, @shoto.ikebana, or email 

10. Shoso's Ikebana Course at RMIT 
Shoso teaches  "Japanese Aesthetics: From Ikebana to Contemporary Art" at RMIT University Short Courses. It will be available for anyone (not just for RMIT students). This class will take participants on a journey to explore the theory of Japanese aesthetics through practical exercises.


Q: Hello Shoso
I was in your course this year & enjoyed it so much, I would like to do another with you next year. Hopefully the one starting in Feb.
Could you advise if you will be covering different topics. I don't mind repeating though but want to learn as much as I can for my second trip to Japan, April 2019. I may have a few friends also interested.
I loved my recent trip & took up many of your suggestions, Nezu Gallery & garden, Cerulean Hotel, garden of New Otani hotel, plus sampled wagashi & bought some home, everything I saw & experienced was a delight.

A: Our next course starts from 23 October 2019 with new topics. The course includes many trip advices on appreciating Japanese art. Please book early.
11. How to follow Shoso’s activities
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.

c. If you have a Facebook account, like his page.

d. Like our Ikebana Gallery Facebook Page, 
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,  

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

22. Miscellaneous
a. Visit following shops for Ikebana containers, etc.
Kazari, 450 Malvern Rd, Prahran   
Made in Japan, 1-7 Wynyard St, South Melbourne
Nicholson Imports, 65 Myrtle St, Glen Waverley

b. Great Japan tours.

c. International Society of Ikebana Studies (ISIS) welcomes new members.

d. Buy Ikebana lesson vouchers online.

e. Ikebana Display and Delivery in Melbourne. Weekly flowers by Shoso and his team for receptions etc. are available.

f. Shoso’s Wedding Flowers.

g.  Shoso’s eBook

h. Online Ikebana Lesson
Send a photo of your work to receive expert feedback.

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. 
(3) Vertical garden at Mondopiero, Fitzroy.

Dr Shoso Shimbo
0439 314 097
Murrumbeena Melbourne