Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging, a disciplined art where nature and humanity are brought together to emphasize shape, line and form. Traditionally materials are living branches, grasses, leaves and blossoms, beauty resulting from colour, natural, shapes and refined lines. However more modern interpretations have been known to incoporate the use of plastics and other synthetic materials to create sculptural interpretations of organic matter. Ikebana is generally minimalist, an arrangement can be created using just a single stem. The container or vase is an essential element in any Ikebana arrangement and can come in any form and made with a number of different materials, including ceramic and bronze.

The container or vase is an essential element in any ikebana arrangement and can come in many different forms and materials including ceramic, bronze, lacquer or bamboo. A kenzan, traditionally a lead, steel or brass weighted base with spikes to support branches and stems in shallow dishes is an important and useful, but not essential tool.

Kazari + Ziguzagu stock a variety of ikebana vases and containers, from antique and vintage to contemporary, streamline design to wabi sabi style pottery, and our stock is ever changing with each new shipment from Japan. In 2002, Kazari were the major sponsors of the Spring Flowers: Autumn Grass exhibition at the NGV and in 2009 hosted a number of exhibitions featuring visiting sogetsu masters in store and elsewhere.

If you are interested in learning ikebana for yourself, register now for our ikebana workshops!

  • Ikebana Workshop with Shoso Shimbo - SSWS006

    Ikebana Workshop with Shoso Shimbo - SSWS006

    Learn the art of Ikebana flower arranging!

    Celebrate Autumn in all its glory by learning the traditional art of Ikebana.

    On Sunday 15th March, award winning flower designer Shoso Shimbo will host an two hour long Ikebana workshop at Kazari + Ziguzagu.

    Sip Japanese tea, while learning how to make a beautiful seasonal flower arrangement informed by a 500 year old tradition. Shoso Shimbo is of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana and will discuss the history and culture of Ikebana, as well as the basic principles.

    Where: Kazari + Ziguzagu shop, 450 Malvern Road, Prahran VIC 3181

    When: Sunday 15th March, 10.30-12.30pm

    Cost: $85 per person


    - Japanese tea

    - 20% discount on all Ikebana related products on the day

    - All Ikebana tools and materials (vessels, kenzan and secateurs).

    - Seasonal flowers to create an Ikebana masterpiece which is yours to take with you.

    Shoso Shimbo PhD is a certified teacher of Ikebana and has over 20 years experience in Ikebana. 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 works were selected for the prestigious publication, International Floral Art (Stichting Kunstboek)

    Shoso has an MA in Japanese Studies, a Master of Fine Art and PhD in Education. He is also qualified as a garden designer. He is a director of the International Society of Ikebana Studies and he teaches Japanese Aesthetics: From Flower Arrangements to Contemporary Art at RMIT.

    If you can't attend, please give 24 hours notice so your place can be offered to someone else.



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