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Ikebana Newsletter Melbourne 

February  2022  


1. Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 


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


2. Wa: Online Exhibitions  


Hanadayori - Online Exhibition by International Ikebana Artists.

News: We are planing to publish Hanadayori 2022 as an eBook & a photo book (33 X 28 cm). 

Ikebana from Melbourne 2021 - Online Exhibition by Wa Exhibitors. 


3. Ikebana Container exhibition


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


4. Class Dates Term 1, 2022


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

2, 9, 16 February 

2, 9, 16, 23 March 

27 April   

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

2, 9, 16 February 

2, 9, 16, 23 March 

27 April  

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am) 

5, 12, 19 February 

5, 12, 19, 26 March 

30 April  

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) carefully. 

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. Ikebana Introductory Class - Gift Voucher Available


One hour all inclusive ikebana workshop for beginners. Join with your friends or family. 

Venue: Murrumbeena or North Balwyn. 


15, 29 January 2022

5, 19 February 2022 

5, 19 March 2022

9, 30 April 2022

Order a Gift Voucher.


6. Ikebana Dojo


Ikebana Dojo Level 1 (Four Ikebana Elements) - Starting from 5 March 2022 (All welcome)


Ikebana Dojo Level 3 (Form 3) - Starting from 5 March 2022 (Advanced Students Only)

Level 3 (Line 3 & Form 3 - Beyond Ikebana Principles) aims to teach how to meditate rather than how to make ikebana: Course Outline. 

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

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


7. Events Calendar


29 January 2022: Ikebana Introduction 

February 2022: New term starts for our Certificate Courses

5 February 2022: Zoom Ikebana Dojo Level 3.3

5 February 2022: Ikebana Introduction

19 February 2022: Zoom Ikebana Dojo Level 3.4

19 February 2022: Ikebana Introduction

6 March 2022: Ikebana Workshop at Villa Alba

30 March - 3 April 2022: Melbourne Flower & Garden Show

11 April 2022: Ikebana Workshop for Richmond Library 

10 June 2022: Ikebana Workshop for Richmond Library 

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


8. Recent Publication 


2021a. An interpretation of Ikenobo Senno Kuden (16c) and its hidden link to the rise of freestyle ikebana in modern Japan, International Journal of Ikebana Studies, v.8, 86-95. 

International Journal of Ikebana Studies is available at Shoso’s class. 

2021b. (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), Traditional Culture, Kyoto University of Arts Publishing.

2021c. (In print) Environmental art: Ikebana meets contemporary art, Craft - Tradition and Invention: Educating in the crafts - The global experience. Book two. Springer Nature. 

2021d. In Search of Poetry in Flower Arrangement, Garland Magazine (Free).    


9. 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. 


10. International Society of Ikebana Research (ISIR)


Ikebana Conference

Eiko Hamasaki (Institute for the Psychological Study of Human Flower Relations) will talk about her research on ikebana therapy.

Presentation in Japanese with English Summary

When: 2 pm (Japan Time), 14 May  2022. 

For the price of coffee, enjoy & support the latest research on ikebana.  

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.



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


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. 


17. Exhibition to See


Found and Gathered: Rosalie Gascoigne / Loraine Connelly-Northey, NGV Australia till 20 Feb 2022.   

Shoso thinks that Gascoigne probably learned the power of line and form through Ikebana, and the power of grid from contemporary art. 

Shimbo, Shoso (2015). Ikebana to Contemporary Art: Rosalie Gascoigne, The IAFOR Academic Review, Vol.1, pp.16-20.

Dr Shoso Shimbo

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Murrumbeena Melbourne

Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival

Ikebana Gallery Award

Zoom Ikebana Dojo

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