IKEBANA- SHOSO SHIMBO

Shoso Shimbo PhD, has over 20 years experience in Ikebana. He studied under the late Sogetsu Head Master, Hiroshi Teshigahara and now teaches Japanese aesthetics at RMIT University and teaches Ikebana. 
A common theme through Shoso's works is harmony with nature's organic order and the relationship between man and nature, where man is a part of the natural order rather than the owner of it. In many ways all forms of Japanese art have been an aesthetic response to the transience of nature, and Ikebana in particular has been grappling with the essence of nature for over five centuries. 
The Ikebana aesthetic is often related to a Zen aesthetic. However, in its attitude to nature, Ikebana is closely related to the Shinto religion, in which nature plays a central role. Ikebana artists do not seek to impose their will on nature according to man-made notions of art and design. They search for ways to perceive and express the invisible essence of nature. Ikebana works bloom, grow and die as does all organic life, and evoke in the viewer feelings of joy and a peaceful, spiritual acceptance of the cycle of life.