Friday, 16 August 2019


On Tuesday 13th August 41 members attended the AGM of the Melbourne Chapter. A new committee was elected with six members returning and six new members joining the committee. As is the custom for this meeting there was no guest speaker and the Heads of Schools who were present, Ikenobo, Shogetsudo koryu, Ohara and Sogetsu, gave a demonstration. 

Heads of Schools, left to right, Yukako Braun, Ikenobo school. Lyn Wong, Ohara school. Christopher James, Sogetsu school. Chieko Yazaki, Shogetsudokoryu.

On this occasion the demonstrators created their ikebana concurrently and then each Head of School spoke about the ikebana they had created.     

Yukako Braun. 

Completed ikebana.

Chieko Yazaki.

Completed ikebana.

Lyn Wong.

Completed ikebana.

Christopher James.

Completed ikebana.

Below are the ikebana arrangements made by members that were presented following the demonstration and the close of the formal meeting.

Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu School

Nicole McDonald, Sogetsu School

Margaret Wilson, Sogetsu School

Marjorie Campkin-Smith, Sogetsu School

Rachel Lok, Shogetsudo koryu School

Helen Marriott, Shogetsudo koryu School

Lara Telford, Sogetsu School

Elizabeth Angell. Sogetsu School

Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School

Josephine Tan, Ohara School

Felicia Huang, Ohara School

Kim Ng, Ohara School

Judy Hajdu, Ohara School 

Anne Conrick, Ohara School


Hiroshima Peace Day was commemorated by a special service in St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne on Sunday 4th August. The service was attended by Mr Matsunaga the Consul-General of Japan, who with his wife are the patrons of the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International. The Hiroshima Peace Candle was lit by Mr Matsunaga who also gave an address on the theme of international peace.

The Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International provided two large ikebana works for the service.

This larger installation, above, was created by members of the Shogetsudo koryu school led by Chieko Yazaki.

The second work was created by Emily Karanikolopoulos representing the Sogetsu school.

Members of the Melbourne Chapter of I.I. attended the Service along with the President, Trish Ward. Following the Service a morning tea in the Chapter House was attended by Mr and Mrs Matsunaga, members of Ikebana International,  members of Melbourne Japanese Community and other guests.The Service and our Ikebana arrangements were filmed, and attendees were interviewed on the day. It later broadcasted on SBS. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2019


In spite of the cold wintery weather 27 members of the Chapter and 3 visitors attended the Saturday afternoon workshop on 13th July. The leader of the workshop was Chieko Yazaki, the head of the Shogetsudokoryu School in Melbourne. The theme she chose was arrangements using Aspidistra leaves. These leaves are the traditional material used in classical Seika arrangements which are the signature style of the Shogetsudokoryu School. 

 Chieko demonstrated the basic Seika style with five leaves and explained the names of each leaf and its symbolic significance. 

In the previously prepared Seika with seven leaves, shown above, Cheiko had added a small number of burnt orange chrysanthemums. When flowers are added they must be very subtle as the leaves are more important. She also pointed out that a dying leaf in this Seika is used to express the season and although leaves in this case were not perfect the arrangement was still graceful.

Chieko then went on to demonstrate a number of techniques to manipulate the leaves for use in modern ikebana styles. 

In this case she showed how to partially shred leaves to create elegant lines.

Here is her completed arrangement

Her next demonstration showed how to create wavy lines in the leaves...

...using wire attached with tape on the back of the leaves.

This example and the next one are using this technique.

In this example the amber coloured leaves have been allowed to dry naturally over a couple of months.

Another technique demonstrated was the use of scissors to change the shape of the leaves as shown in the example above.

The following photos are of ikebana created on the day of the workshop. As usual, in their exploration of this material, the members created a great variety of ikebana. The editor regrets that the names of the individual ikebanists were not recorded.