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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne 
February 2020 

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

2. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 
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 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 at https://waikebana.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wa.ikebana/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wa.ikebana/

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. Support our secretary & project managers.   
b: Assistant Site Manager - Support our site manager. 
c: Marketing Manager / Media Strategist - Create our marketing plan & help promotion.

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). 

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.    

3. Events Calendar

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

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 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

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 1,  2020  
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.
  • Term 2 will start from July 2020.
  • Our class will be held in Brighton for a few months in 2020. Details not known yet. 

6. Tuition Fees 
We usually 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)  
$250 per term (10 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)
$200 per term (10 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: http://www.shoso.com.au
Bank Details - Account: Shoso Shimbo, BSB: 033-070, No. 286877                             
7. Ikebana Gallery Award 
Semifinalists for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020 were announced. Thank you, Akemi Suzaki for your help in the selection. 

Winners of the Ikebana Gallery Award 2019: https://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com/2019/09/ikebana-gallery-award-2019.html

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. 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 - https://ikebanaakemi.wixsite.com/mysite
Mornington Peninsula: Shoto Duke - @eclipse.ikebana, @shoto.ikebana, or email  eclipse@ikebana.net.au 
9. 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. 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  

10. 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.   

11. Miscellaneous
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