New! Shofuso Mobile Classroom In-School Programs, 2017 – 2018

New! Shofuso Mobile Classroom In-School Programs, 2017 – 2018

Bring the culture and arts of Japan into your school’s classroom through the introduction of Japanese holidays. Students will learn about holiday traditions through hands-on activities and kamishibai, traditional Japanese storytelling.  Each two-part program can be tailored to accommodate 45 to 60 minute sessions. Programs include an initial and a follow-up visit for one class for $225. Additional classes booked on the same day are $100 each for their two part sessions. No more than 3 additional classes can be booked per day.

Book as a stand alone program or as a perfect compliment to Shofuso’s group tour program.  Your students can be introduced to Japanese culture prior to their field trip or reinforce ideas post trip. For more information, contact Nicole Schaller at

To reserve your dates, click on the program of your choice. Select your initial date and a staff member will follow up to complete your booking. To see availability, check the program calendar below.

Oshogatsu Oshogatsu

Tuesdays and Thursdays in December and January

Oshogatsu is Japanese New Year. After being introduced to the traditions and decorations of the holiday, students will hear the story Hats for Jizo and make their own kakizome, the first of the year calligraphy. Recommended for grades 3rd and 4th

Setsubun Setsubun

Tuesdays and Thursdays in February

Setsubun is celebrated the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. Students will learn about the tradition of mamemaki (bean throwing) and create their own oni (goblin) masks. Before participating in the bean throwing, a traditional story about oni will be presented. Recommended for grades 1st through 4th

ChildrensDay Children’s Day

Tuesdays and Thursday in April

Children’s Day is celebrated annually on May 5th. This holiday celebrates children, their health and well- being. During this program, students will make a large group carp windsock that can be displayed in their classroom, hear the story of Peach Boy, participate in a fan dance and be introduced to traditional clothing. Recommended for grades 1st through 3rd

Program Calendar

Learn about kamishibai!


Kamishibai (kah-mee-she-bye) is a type of storytelling and street theatre that originated in Japan. It was popular from the 1930s through the post-war period in Japan until the advent of television in the twentieth century. Kamishibai was told by a kamishibaiya (kamishibai narrator) who traveled to street corners with sets of illustrated boards which were placed in a miniature stage-like device and narrated by changing each image.