Ikebana in Schools

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, is one of the most popular cultural activities in
Japan. It is the perfect introduction of Japanese traditional culture for students of all ages. It is a
creative art with a contemplative aspect and has strong links with Zen meditation. Students will
learn a little about the traditions of this art form and have a chance to try their hand at creating a
floral work of art, guided by some basic design principles. Through Ikebana, students can de-
velop a sense of respect for nature and reflect upon the search for our place within the natural

Shoso Shimbo is a certified teacher of Ikebana in Sogetsu School. He has over 20 years expe-
rience in Ikebana and studied under the late Sogetsu Head Master, Hiroshi Teshigahara. Shoso
was selected by belle magazine as one of “Australia’s top six floral designers” and he won the
coveted Gold Award at the 2006 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. He is a Direc-
tor of International Society of Ikebana Studies. He has BA (Eastern Philosophy), MA (Japanese
Studies), MFA (Sculpture) and PhD (Education).

A. Demonstration: 40 minutes/$300
Shoso will create 5 arrangements ranging from traditional basic styles and miniature arrange-
ment to medium size arrangements (up to 100 cm high), one of which the clients can keep to
display. During the demonstration, Shoso will give a brief history of Ikebana and talk about its
significance in contemporary Japanese culture and society.

B. Workshop: 40 - 60 minutes/$210, Up to 10 students
This workshop starts with a Power Point presentation to overview social, cultural and historical
aspects of Ikebana. Then, students will enjoy the relaxing and contemplative process involved
in creating their own arrangements. They may find themselves re-energised through the magic
of touching nature’s gifts. At the end of the session, they will have an opportunity to have an
individual consultation with Shoso. Shoso will provide all materials (flowers, sectors, container
and flower holder). Students can keep their floral works.
§ Additional Students: $8 per student, Up to 25 students in one group.

C. Display Services
Special occasion arrangements (school concert installation etc.). Although not compulsory, it is
recommended to provide your vase or container such as a pot for plants and give the descrip-
tion of it (height & diameter).
Small (up to 50 cm): $50 / Medium (up to 100 cm): $150 / Large: $300 ~

In case Shoso Shimbo is not available on the day you requested, one of his students (qualified
Ikebana teachers) will be sent to your school. www.shoso.com.au
Ikebana in School: Booking Form

Please fill in this form and send it by e-mail. When we receive your application, we will send you
an invoice by e-mail. The invoice will be confirmation of your booking. Please contact us by e-
mail, if you have any queries (shososhimbo@gmail.com).

School Name:
Contact Person: Mr/Ms     Phone:
SCHEDULE: Please outline the schedule of events,
e.g., 9.00-9.40 Demonstration for 80 students, years 10-12
9.50-10.30 Workshop with 20 Year 11 students
By 3:30 one large Ikebana display for the hall

Demonstration @ $300 $
$300 each for subsequent demonstrations $
____ Workshop @ $210 $
$8 each for additional students $
____ Large Ikebana display @ $300 $
Description of your Container:
____ Medium Ikebana display @ $150 $
Description of your Container:
____ Small Ikebana display @ $50 $
Description of your Container:
Transportation Cost: $2 per 10 km return for schools more than $
100 km from Melbourne.



TOTAL FEE (Inc. GST. Minimum order $150) $

Shoso Shimbo ▪ Ph: 0439 314 097 ▪ E-mail: shososhimbo@gmail.com

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