Pattern 2 - Task

Ikebana Aesthetics Program - Zoom Ikebana Dojo 

Learn about the four Ikebana principles online in November & December 2020. Beginners welcome. 日本からのご参加歓迎いたします。

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Group 1, 4:00 - 4:30 PM,  19 December  2020 (Melbourne Time) Fully Booked

Group 2, 4:00 - 4:30 PM,  26 December 2020 (Melbourne Time) Book Now

Group 3, 4:45 - 5:15 PM,  26 December 2020 (Melbourne Time) 

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FacilitatorsShoso Shimbo & Shoan Lo 

Who can Join: Anyone, regardless of ikebana school, stage of learning or country of residence. Beginners welcome. Sessions will be conducted in English. 

How Much: Aus $10 for one session. Pay by credit card. Book Now.


In Pattern 1, Pattern was defined as a regular arrangement of repeated (or alternated) elements or motifs. In Ikebana you may arrange shapes, lines, or colours repeatedly to create an interesting effect. Please revisit Pattern 1 for sample works demonstrating the use of Pattern.  

"Pattern is just like sugar in Japanese cuisine. While it is often used, it is often disguised. When it is applied particularly by a master, it is hard to recognise"  (Pattern 1-Task).

Is there any Pattern in basic styles? 

Yes, but it is not very obvious. You can make a good basic style without thinking about Pattern. But you may see some differences in your basic style if you successfully incorporate Pattern.    

Pattern in basic styles can be used in 2 ways: preparing materials and arranging materials. See Session Notes - Pattern 2 for the details. 

The goal of Pattern 2 is to incorporate the principle of Pattern in your basic style.   

Objectives in Pattern 2

1. Become familiar with basic ikebana diagrams. See Session Notes - Pattern 2.
2. Learn basic Moribana techniques. 
3. Find suitable branch materials. Please consider what types of tree are suitable, and which part of the tree branches are easy to work with. See Session Notes - Contrast 2. 
4. Pay attention to how to arrange fillers. You may apply Pattern here. See Session Notes - Pattern 2.
5. Advanced students can use more than 3 materials i.e. 1 branch material & 2 flower materials.

What You Need

1. secateurs

2. container - any include a cup

3. kenzan - or other means to hold flowers

4. flower materials:

  • Branch materials 
  • Flowers 

Flower materials are guide only. You can choose any other materials as long as you focus on the topic. 

How to Make It?

You will receive Session Notes Pattern 2  with step-by-step instructions for making your arrangement after your payment is received. Our free video and the Session Notes will help you make your ikebana work. 

How to Apply & Participate

Step 1 - Book & Pay 

(1) Book from our Booking Calendar. Pay by credit card (our cancellation policy). 

(2) Upon receipt of your payment, our booking system will send you an email of invitation to the Zoom session. Also you will receive session notes on how to make our sample work usually 5 days prior to the session. 

- Please contact us if you did not receive them in time. 

- Please visit our orientation page for more practical advice on how to use Ikebana Dojo. 

Step 2 - Get Ready

(3) Do your assignment. Make your ikebana work before the session. 

(4) Take a photo of your work (less than 0.5 Meg.) and send to at least 24 hours before the session starts if you want detailed feedback.

(5) Alternatively, you can share the photo of your work during the session. Find a way to share your file using Zoom.

Step 3 - Join Dojo

(6) Join the session. Prepare your work and its photo. Please join the session about 5 min before the session starts, and check your connection etc.

(7) Enjoy show and tell by other students before and after your own presentation. Group interaction is helpful for your learning. Works by others can inspire you. 

Step 4 - Rework

(8) Rework soon after the dojo. Send the image of your revised work to Ikebana Dojo or share it to Ikebana Gallery Facebook Page. See how to apply for Ikebana Gallery Award if you are a student. 

(9) If you would like to join Zoom Ikebana Dojo again, please visit our pages on Ikebana Aesthetics Program or Special Program. Register your email and follow our site to receive the latest updates.

Samples for Advanced Students - See Pattern 1 


Ikebana Aesthetics Curriculum