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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne 

March  2021 


1. 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 Elements Level 2

Line: 6 February 2021  

Form: 6 March 2021 

Space: 10 April 2021

Colour: 1 May 2021 

How much: $10 for one session / $40 for 4 sessions

Details & Booking: http://www.ikebanadojo.org/2021/01/four-ikebana-elements-level-2.html

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  


2. Ikebana Dojo with Mr Katayama


Session with Mr Katayama was sold out. It was great learning experience for the participants. See their works.  


3. Ikebana Introductory Class - New


One hour all inclusive ikebana workshop for beginners. Venue: Murrumbeena or North Balwyn. 


4. New Mail Group


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


5. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 


a. A new website Launched: https://bit.ly/MelbourneIkebana Join the Wa mailing list from the website. 

b. Directory: Free directory service available for ikebana teachers who have exhibited at Wa.

c. Wa will present “Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky 

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

e. Wa is looking for several new team members (volunteer positions). 

f. Essays by Wa committee members have been published in the website of the International society of Ikebana Research. https://www.ikebana.link/essays   


6. Events Calendar


3 & 6 February 2021: Term 1 started. 

6 March 2021: Ikebana Dojo, Four Elements Level 2

6 March 2021: Ikebana Introductory Class. One hour all inclusive ikebana workshop for beginners.  

20 March 2021: Ikebana Introductory Class. One hour all inclusive ikebana workshop for beginners.

25 - 31 March 2021: Third entry period for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021.

10 April 2021: Ikebana Dojo, Four Elements Level 2

17 April 2021: ISIR online conference. 国際いけ花学会第35回例会、無料オンライン·イベント。花いけバトル司会の日向雄一郎氏による発表です。予約受付近日開始。

24 April 2021: Ikebana Introductory Class. One hour all inclusive ikebana workshop for beginners.

1 May 2021: Ikebana Dojo, Four Elements Level 2

5 & 8 May 2021: Term 2 starts (our ikebana certificates courses). 

11&12 September 2021: Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival. https://bit.ly/MelbourneIkebana


8. Class Dates Term 1, 2021


Note: March 24 & 27 have been added, because the classes on Feb 13 & 17 were cancelled due to a Covid lockdown. 

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

February 3, 10, 17

March 3,10, 17, 24

April 21, 28

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

February 3, 10, 17

March 3,10, 17, 24

April 21, 28

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am) 

February 6, 13, 20

March 6, 13, 20, 27

April 24 

May 1

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: 3 options.

  1. Book online & pay by credit card: https://cal.smoothbook.co/5fbf1b8f2bb1eb37f3bde318. You can cancel your booking by 2 February. Cancellation fee (institution fees) will apply.  
  2. Email to book & pay by bank transfer: Bank Details - Account: Shoso Shimbo, BSB: 033-070, No. 286877 
  3. Email to book & pay cash on the first day: Please note late fee will apply if you don’t pay on the first day. 

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


9. Ikebana Gallery Award - Don’t Miss the Deadline


Important changes have been made. If interested, please choose 3 of your recent best works and post them by yourself to IGA Facebook page. http://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com.au

25 - 31 March 2021: Third entry period for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2021.

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


10. 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.  


11. Publication - Shoso 2020


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


12. Ikebana in School 


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



13. Looking for Ikebana class near you?




14. How to follow Shoso’s activities




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




16. Miscellaneous


Gift ideas, Vouchers, eBook, shopping, Japanese garden design, ikebana related information etc. Miscellaneous. 


Dr Shoso Shimbo

0439 314 097



Murrumbeena Melbourne

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Ikebana Gallery Award

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