Wednesday, 24 February 2021


The Japanese Summer Festival will be held online this Sunday on 28th February, from 11 am to 4 pm, introducing many aspects of Japanese culture.

An Ikebana demonstration is scheduled to be online streaming from 2 pm to 2.25pm by Chieko Yazaki representing Ikebana international Melbourne Chapter. The aim is for the people who don't know Ikebana to learn and try Ikebana without special tools such as a kenzan or Ikebana vases.

The second event is presented by the Office of the Consul-General of Japan.

It is a special online event in commemoration of His Majesty the Emperor Naruhito's 61st birthday.

Please click on the link as follows:
Consulate-General of Japan, Melbourne
Level 25, 570 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Saturday, 19 December 2020


The final meeting of the Chapter for 2020 was held on the 8th December in the Toorak Uniting Church Hall. This was the first time that members were able to gather together since 10th March owing to the restrictions because of the Covid 19 pandemic. It was also the opportunity to formally hand-over to the new committee as the Annual General Meeting had to be delayed. 

Thirty five members attended the meeting.

We were joined by Mrs Matsunaga the Co-patron with her husband Mr Matsunaga, the Consul General of Japan. It was an opportunity for the incoming President on behalf of the members to thank our patrons for their generous support to the Chapter.

outgoing President, Trish Ward, was presented with a Past President's Pin by the new Chapter President, Julie Ireland. Chieko Yazaki presented Mrs Ward with the gift of an ikebana vessel. She was thanked for her service to the Chapter over the past three and a half years, and particularly for maintaining communication with members during the two extensive 'lock-downs' in Melbourne this year.

At the meeting members made contributions to our regular children's charity the Cottage by the Sea. Members also presented their ikebana arrangements on the theme of 'Celebration'. Below are photos of their work.

Helen Marriott, Shogetsudo koryu school.

Midori Nakajima, Sogetsu School.

Akemi Suzuki
, Sogetsu School.

Betty Karanikolopoulos
, Sogetsu School.

Chieko Yazaki, 
Shogetsudo koryu school.

Christopher James
, Sogetsu School.

Elizabeth Angell
, Sogetsu School.

Emily Karanikolopoulos
, Sogetsu School.

Greta Young
, Sogetsu School.

Josephine Tan, Ohara School.

Kim Ng, Ohara School.

Lara Telford
, Sogetsu School.

Nicole MacDonald
, Sogetsu School.

Friday, 13 March 2020


The meeting on Tuesday 10th March was the Melbourne Chapter's 61st birthday. The theme of the meeting was Japanese Day with a focus on the distinctive Japanese garment, the kimono, which is worn by women and men.

Above are the team members who worked hard on creating the presentation displays and activities for the meeting.
L- R ( Back row) Naomi Cullen, Nobuko Kobayashi, Akemi Suzuki, Jenny Loo, Reiko Ito and Midori Nakajima. (Front row) Yukako Braun, Chieko Yazaki and Michiko Hyde.

Examples of formal and informal kimono, for children and adults, women and men were displayed as well as accessories to wear with the kimono.


This white-on-white silk brocade wedding kimono was also displayed and a twenty minute slideshow on the history and styles of kimono was presented by Nobuko Kobayashi.

After the slideshow Chieko Yazaki spoke about the kimonos, Obis and accessories that were displayed in the meeting room.

Jenny Loo was the volunteer model who was dressed by Reiko Ito. 

Akemi Suzuki demonstrated the technique of dressing in a kimono without having assistance...

...and she made it look easy.

The Chapter's birthday cake was baked by Marjorie Campkin-Smith (left) and cut by her and President Trish Ward (right).

Our guest at the meeting was Tomiko Uesato, an Ohara practitioner, who is a member of the Tokyo Founding Chapter of Ikebana International.

Here Tomiko is speaking about her ikebana which exuberantly arose from a light-weight vessel that she had swathed in an Obi.

This is Tomiko's completed ikebana. 

Below are photos of the ikebana created by members for the meeting.

Lara Telford, Sogetsu School.

Emily, Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School.

Nicole MacDonald,Sogetsu School.

Margaret Wilson, Sogetsu School.

Marjorie Campkin-Smith, Sogetsu School.

Helen Marriott, Shogetsudo koryu School.

Rachel Lok, Shogetsudo koryu school.

Felicia Huang, Ohara School.

Judy Hajdu, Ohara School.

Sally Wilkinson, Ohara School.

Thea Sartori, Sogetsu School.

Christopher James, Sogetsu School.

Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School.