Immerse Yourself in Japanese Flower Arrangement

Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival

September 2024 - Melbourne

Online & eBook Project Connecting ikebana artists with people all over the world 上欄メニュー「日本語案内」もご参照ください。 

About Hanadayori

You can get to see a published photo of your very own personal arrangement from Ikebana artists in response to your request. Online exhibition & ebook for a global audience.

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Send us Your Request

All welcome. Anyone can make request for free by 31 December 2022.

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What Happens Next?

Toward the launch of Hanadayori 2023 on 1 April 2023

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For Ikebana Artists

Can I join this project as an Ikebana artist?

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Special Exhibitors 2023

We are pleased to welcome ikebana artists from Ukraine as exhibitors. They are willing to send messages of flower to you under the most difficult circumstances. We are also excited to welcome international ikebana masters again.

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Hanadayori 2021

We received a large number of positive and warm responses from people around the globe. We think we were able to show what ikebana can do; its amazing power to the world.

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07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Ikebana Dinner Show
Location: Ocha, 3 Church St, Hawthorn

Watch elegant ikebana creations by 3 artists, Shoan Lo, Shoto Duke & Shoka Healey unfold before your eyes as you enjoy a three course meal at one of Melbourne's finest restaurants.
Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Opening
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Awards presentation for Wa Ikebana Award & Melbourne Ikebana Container Award - Hiroe Swen Award.
Each exhibitors (including ikebana container exhibitors) can invite up to 3 friends and family to the opening. If you are invited by an exhibitor, you don't need to book. The number of people you can invite may change due to the restriction. Please contact us (wa.ikebana@gmail.com) if you would like invite 4 or more people.

11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ikebana Exhibition & Ikebana Container Award Exhibition
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Free Admission. All ikebana containers are for sale (Ikebana container award section only).

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Artists Talk
Location: Community Room, Abbotsford Convent

Meet our exhibitors. No booking required.

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Ikebana Demonstration
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Six demonstrators will create Ikebana works in 6 min. each. This event is a great introduction to Ikebana. Some of our demonstrators are members of Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival Committee. We appreciate their hard work for this festival.
Fee: $10.
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03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
Ikebana Workshop
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

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04:00 PM - 04:45 PM
Ikebana Workshop
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ikebana Containers Stalls
Location: Balcony, Community Room, Abbotsford Convent

Nation's top ceramic artists open their stalls.

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky
Location: Melbourne Recital Centre

Shoso Shimbo will create an Ikebana installation with live music by internationally renowned Paul Grabowsky AO.
Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ikebana Exhibition & Ikebana Container Award Exhibition
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Free Admission. All ikebana containers are for sale (Ikebana container award section only).

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Ikebana for Men
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

This workshop is for men who are interested in flowers. Female participants are also welcome.
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Immersion: Ikebana in Japanese
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

English is not allowed in this workshop. All instructions are given only in Japanese. It is like attending an ikebana class in Japan. Ideal for the students doing VEC Japanese or for those who intend to visit Japan soon. Our instructor is a native Japanese speaker with a degree in applied linguistics.
Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Artists Talk
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Meet our exhibitors. No booking required.

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Ikebana Workshop
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Duration: 50 min
Fee: $40
Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

01:00 PM - 01:45 PM
Ikebana Workshop
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Duration: 50 min
Fee: $40
Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Ikebana for Kids
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Duration: 45 min.
Age: Primary School Year 1 - Year 6
Fee: $30.
Early Bird of 10% off ($27 per ticket) offer NOW until 26 August 2022
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03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Ikebana Conference
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival is pleased to host a regular conference of the International Society of Ikebana Research (www.ikebana.link).
What is ikebana performance? Dr Meran Trail and Hiroki Ohara (Headmaster of Ohara School) will talk about performance art & ikebana performance. They will answer to the questions from ikebana practitioners around the world.

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ikebana Containers Stalls
Location: Balcony, Community Room, Abbotsford Convent

Nation's top ceramic artists open their stalls.

12:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Hanadayori
Location: Online

Deadline for sending requests for Hanadayori 花信 : Ikebana by Request - Online Exhibition. We plan to publish ikebana works with requests from the viewers in our website & YouTube. Visit Hanadayori 2023 page for the details.

Exhibitor Guideline - Ikebana Artists

Join our exhibition. All Ikebana Schools Welcome!

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How to Apply - Ikebana Artists

Local, Interstates and International Exhibitors Welcome!

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Melbourne Ikebana Container Award & Exhibition

Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival is pleased to present an opportunity for ceramic artists to create artworks to inspire ikebana artists. Hiroe Swen will be the judge for this award. $1000 cash prize (non - acquisitive).


  • Date: 10.09.2022 11:00 AM - 11.09.2022 05:00 PM
  • Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford Victoria, Australia (Map)

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CONTAINER AWARD FINALISTS

Ikebana Teachers at Wa

Find a reputable ikebana teacher near you

North Balwyn: Sogetsu School

Murrumbeena & City: Sogetsu School

St Kilda: Sogetsu School

Geelong: Sogetsu School

Sogetsu School

Elsternwick & Kooyong: Sogetsu School

Sogetsu School

Ashwood & Springvale: Ikenobo School

Mount Martha: Sogetsu School

Shoka Healey

Langwarrin: Sogetsu School

Wentworth Falls, NSW: Sogetsu School

Goulburn, Canberra & Yass, NSW: Sogetsu School

South Turramurra NSW + Online: Sogetsu School (Komon)

Canberra: Sogetsu School

Clunes, NSW: Sogetsu School

Tokyo: Shinsei School

Kyoto: Kado Honnouji

Tokyo: Ikenobo

Fukuoka: Sogetsu School

Takasaki: Ikebana Shofu

Nagoya: Sogetsu School

Tokyo: Sogetsu School

Brittany, Metropolitan, France: Ikenobo

Madrid, Spain: Sogetsu School

Grimbergen, Belgium: Sogetsu School

Halifax, NS, Canada: Sogetsu School

Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA: The Ichiyo School of Ikebana

Bethesda, USA: Ichiyo School

Mumbai, India: Sogetsu School

Hyderabad, India: Ohara School

Hanoi, Vietnam: Sogetsu School

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Ikebana from Melbourne 2021

This is our message of hope for a better time through flowers. We hope our small efforts will help to cheer up those of us experiencing the COVID blues. Visit our directory for the details of the participating artists.