Shoso Shimbo
Murrumbeena & City: Sogetsu School

Shoso Shimbo is a Melbourne based ikebana artist and sculptor.

Class Location: Murrumbeena & City (RMIT University City Campus) 



Shoso Shimbo PhD is a certified teacher of Ikebana and has over 30 years experience in Ikebana. He studied under the late Sogetsu Head Master, Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Shoso was selected by Belle magazine as one of  six “Australia’s top floral designers” and has won multiple awards including the Gold Award at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. His work was selected for International Floral Art 2014/2015, 2016/2017 & 2021/2022 Stichting Kunstboek (Belgium).  

His sculptural works have been featured in some of the major contemporary art exhibitions including the Toyota Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne Sculpture, Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Finalists Exhibition, and the New Wave Art Festival at the NGV. He won the Arnold Bloch Leiber Prize at the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2017. His recent commissions include a public work of art for the Archibald Award Exhibition 2015 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Wye River Project as a part of the Lorne Sculpture 2016. 

Shoso has an MA in Japanese Studies, a Master of Fine Art and PhD in Education. He is also qualified as a garden designer (Japan Horticultural Society) and works as a designer for Tsubo Zen Gardens.

He is the founding director of Ikebana Gallery Award, first online ikebana competition, and Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival, in which he presented an ikebana performance with the Grigoryan Brothers in 2019 and another performance with Paul Grabowsky at Melbourne Recital Centre in 2022. Also, he is a vice president of International Society of Ikebana Research.

He taught Japanese Aesthetics at RMIT Short Courses for over 7 years. Based on his teaching experience at RMIT, he developed online ikebana courses for Zoom Ikebana Dojo.   

He regularly runs Ikebana Introductory Class in Murrumbeena.   

He has numerous publications on Ikebana and contemporary art and is a regular contributor to the International Journal of Ikebana Studies. A collection of his works, "Shoso Shimbo 2020: Ikebana and Environmental Art" is available with eBook. 

新保逍滄 略歴 

新潟県五泉市出身。Monash大学日本研究科修士、 Monash大学美術修士(彫刻)、RMIT大学教育学部博士号取得。華道師範、庭園デザイナー資格取得。メルボルン国際フラワー・ガーデンショー金賞受賞、イェーリング・ステーション現代彫刻展ABL賞受賞他。
現在、オーストラリア、メルボルンにて華道家、彫刻家、ガーデンデザイナー、華道研究家として活動。RMIT大学公開講座「日本の美学:生花から現代芸術へ」担当。アレキサンドル・ヨアン・クザ大学(ルーマニア)、京都芸術大学で特別講師。国際いけ花学会副会長。いけ花ギャラリー賞、メルボルン生け花フェスティバル生花道場(オンライン講座)の創設に関わる。井上治・森田都紀 編集「伝統文化 研究編 (はじめて学ぶ芸術の教科書)」京都芸術大学, 第一章「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」 執筆

Shoso  2016 - 2021

Group Exhibitions (Curated)  展覧会

2019 Wa ∙ Ikebana Exhibition, Abbotsford Convent (Since 2015)

2019 Sogetsu Victoria Group Exhibition, Hawthorn Town Hall

2018 Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition

2017 Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition

Commissioned Works / Special Displays (selected) 主な制作依頼等

2020 New Year’s display, Koko restaurant, Crown Hotel (Since 2009) 

2020 Sculpture commission, Le Pine, Kew East, Melbourne

2019 Ikebana performance, Suntory Roku Launch, Crown Hotel 

2019 Ikebana display, RMIT Open Day

2019 Ikebana performance with the Gregorian Brothers, Melbourne Recital Centre

2019 Ikebana performance: The way of flower, Melbourne Recital Centre

2018 Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA), Ballarat

2018 Ikebana performance, International Academic Forum, Kobe, Japan

2018 Lorne Sculpture

2016 Ikebana Display, the Snow Travel Expo, Japan Foundation  

2016 Wye River Project, Lorne Sculpture 

Awards 受賞

2019 Shop Window Competition, Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show  (2nd Place)

2017 The Arnold Bloch Leiber Prize, 17th Annual Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition & Awards

Publication 出版

2022 A proposal for online ikebana training: Developing and Evaluating a new curriculum to teach ikebana as meditation.

2021 Ikebana: A Flower Arrangement in Search of Poetry, Garland Magazine, #24.  

2021 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.

2021 (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.    

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

2020 Environmental art as public art, UNESCO Observatory, Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, 6, 1.9. 

2018 Nature in ikebana: Beyond sustainability (いけ花における自然:存続可能性を超えて). International Journal of Ikebana Studies (IJIS), 6, pp. 55- 60.  

2017 Ikebana in environmental art (環境芸術におけるいけ花の可能性), International Journal of Ikebana Studies (IJIS), 5, pp. 109-113.

2016 Environmental art and ikebana, International Journal of Ikebana Studies (IJIS), 4, pp. 27-38. 

Conference Papers  国際学術会議                                                                                              

2020  Nature in Ikebana: The freestyle ikebana movement in the 1920’s and 1930’s, and its effect on Avant-garde Ikebana after the war. The 11th Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities, The International  Academic Forum (virtual presentation). 

2018 Creativity & Education: Environmental art as a vehicle of message. Central de Studii European, Facultatea de Drept, Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union, 17 April, Iasi, Romania.     

2018 Environmental art as public art. Creating Utopia Conference, Sponsored by Deakin University, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, March 22 - 25, Qdos Arts, Lorne.  

2018 Japanese aesthetics and environmental art. The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, The International  Academic Forum. March 30 - April 1, Kobe, Japan.    

2017 Transition of environmental art: In search of the strategies for sustainability. The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, The International Academic Forum. March 30 - April 2, Kobe, Japan.