Wednesday, 14 February 2018


At the first meeting for this calendar year our President Trish Ward was pleased to welcome our Co-patron Mrs Yoko Matsunaga and a visitor Akemi Suzuki.

Vice President Christopher James gave a talk about the 'Preservation of Botanical Materials'. He drew on a booklet prepared by the Victorian Department of Agriculture containing information based on research undertaken by the Institute of Plant Sciences.

This arrangement by Christopher is of 'Two kinds of Branch Material' that had been prepared four days earlier according to the method prescribed in the booklet.

The ikebana theme of the meeting was 'Memories of Summer Holidays'. Members told a variety of interesting stories explaining their choices of materials and style of arranging. Unfortunately they were too complex to include in this blog.

Chieko Yazaki. 

Betty Karanikolopoulos.

Toula Karanikolopoulos.

Elizabeth Angell.

Aiko Nakada.

Nicole McDonald

Marjorie Campkin-Smith.

Emily Karanikolopoulos.

Lucy Papas.

Pat Hetrel.

Joy Manie.

Lara Telford.

Akemi Suzuki.

Beverley Webster.

Trish Ward.

Sunday, 19 November 2017


The final meeting for 2017 of the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International was held on Tuesday 14th November. The guest speaker was Mr Masashi Sato of Ito En Australia, a company that produces green tea for export to Japan. Mr Sato gave a demonstration of making both hot and cold green tea which is quite different to the preparation of matcha, which is used in traditional Tea Ceremony. 

The ikebana theme for the meeting was: Ikebana celebrating in an Australian style. 

Lee Johnstone gave a demonstration using Banksia and gold coloured eucalyptus leaves and 'gum-nuts' in a nageire vase. 

This first arrangement was made by a visitor Rosemary Seacombe. Below are arrangements made by members on the day.

Aiko Nakada.

Elizabeth Angell. 

Emily Karanikolopoulos.

Pat Hetrel.

Betty Karanikolopoulos.

Toula Karanikolopoulos.

Thea Sartori.

Rosemary Hordern.

Philip Keon.

Judy Hajdu.

Kim Ng.

Lucy Papas.

Monday, 30 October 2017


Sakura picnic Day was held at Banksia Park in Bulleen on 15th October 2017 from 11 am to 2 pm. It was a fine warm day and 50 Cherry trees were in full bloom.

About 1500 people came to enjoy various aspects of Japanese culture including: Tea ceremony, Koto performance, Kendo demonstration, Bonsai display and origami.

The art of Ikebana was also there to be experienced by the visitors to the park.

Aiko Nakada, Head of the Ohara School and Chieko Yazaki, Head of Shogetsudokoryu School created Ikebana in a demonstration representing Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter.

The Cherry Trees in Banksia Park in the north eastern suburbs of Greater Melbourne were the gift of Prime Minister Ohira on his official visit to Melbourne in 1980 to the people of Victoria.

Further images from Sakura Picnic Day.