Program Partners


Founded in 2005, Kyodaiko is a community-based group offering lessons and public performances to the community.

Kyodaiko performs regularly at schools and community events, and has performed at Phillies Games, Stanford University in California, and Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Kyodaiko frequently provides performers for Shofuso’s special events, such as our annual Children’s Day field trip program.

Ikebana International Ch. 71
Ikebana International, founded by the late Ellen Gordon Allen in 1956, is a non-profit, cultural organization dedicated to the promotion of the art of Japanese flower arranging. Her vision was to unite people of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana. Ikebana International boasts over 8,000 members in more than 50 countries. The Philadelphia Chapter was founded in 1964 and includes members are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.

Ikebana International is not a specific school of ikebana, but a consortium of members of all nationalities from many different ikebana schools. Some schools emphasize classical styles, others stress creative, contemporary forms while still others focus on blending the two. All schools openly share their inspirations, styles, philosophies and histories as well as techniques with other Ikebana International members.

Ikebana International provides weekly arrangements at Shofuso, as well as an annual Ikebana Exhibition.

Moss Acres
Moss Acres is the one stop resource for gardening with moss. In business for fifteen years from our Northeastern Pennsylvania location, Moss Acres ships varieties of live moss throughout the U.S. and Canada. Moss Acres also offer a complete line of accessory products for growing moss as well as an extensive technical information section.

Moss Acres provides their technical expertise for moss gardening workshops at Shofuso.

Urasenke Philadelphia
Urasenke Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to supporting and promoting awareness of Japanese tea ceremony (chado or chanoyu in Japanese) in Philadelphia and the surrounding region.

Urasenke Philadelphia offer lectures and demonstrations to groups around the region as well as individualized lessons. Urasenke Philadelphia’s teachers are all licensed by the Urasenke school of tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan.

In addition to private lessons and demonstrations, Urasenke Philadelphia group offers monthly demonstrations at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden from April through October. Urasenke Philadelphia also offers weekly lessons in chado in affiliation with Shofuso.