Events

Nov
19
Sun
Extended Fall Hours at Shofuso
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Extended Fall Hours at Shofuso @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Tour our house, view our garden, and take in the fall foliage for the first time at Shofuso! We have extended our fall season, with the house and garden open on weekends in November and December. Watch as our maples come to life with breathtaking fall colors, view decorations for the Japanese New Year, Oshogatsu, and shop for holiday gifts in our gift shop.

Please note that the house is not heated, and make sure to dress warmly. We will have a limited number of slippers available for guests to wear inside the house. Regular admission rates apply.

Nov
25
Sat
Extended Fall Hours at Shofuso
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Extended Fall Hours at Shofuso @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Tour our house, view our garden, and take in the fall foliage for the first time at Shofuso! We have extended our fall season, with the house and garden open on weekends in November and December. Watch as our maples come to life with breathtaking fall colors, view decorations for the Japanese New Year, Oshogatsu, and shop for holiday gifts in our gift shop.

Please note that the house is not heated, and make sure to dress warmly. We will have a limited number of slippers available for guests to wear inside the house. Regular admission rates apply.

Nov
26
Sun
Extended Fall Hours at Shofuso
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Extended Fall Hours at Shofuso @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Tour our house, view our garden, and take in the fall foliage for the first time at Shofuso! We have extended our fall season, with the house and garden open on weekends in November and December. Watch as our maples come to life with breathtaking fall colors, view decorations for the Japanese New Year, Oshogatsu, and shop for holiday gifts in our gift shop.

Please note that the house is not heated, and make sure to dress warmly. We will have a limited number of slippers available for guests to wear inside the house. Regular admission rates apply.

Nov
28
Tue
Giving Tuesday: Pay What You Wish at Shofuso
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Giving Tuesday: Pay What You Wish at Shofuso @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Support Shofuso and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia during Giving Tuesday! Help us raise $2,500 — that’s 10% of our annual appeal — during this accelerated day of fundraising.

Pay what you want on November 28, and enjoy a complimentary cup of hot green tea in the garden. All admission revenue will go toward our annual appeal goal. Use the hashtags #japanphillygiving and #GivingTuesdayPHL to spread the word.

To learn more about our annual appeal, and to make a donation today, please visit bit.ly/japanphillygiving.

Dec
2
Sat
Extended Fall Hours at Shofuso
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Extended Fall Hours at Shofuso @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Tour our house, view our garden, and take in the fall foliage for the first time at Shofuso! We have extended our fall season, with the house and garden open on weekends in November and December. Watch as our maples come to life with breathtaking fall colors, view decorations for the Japanese New Year, Oshogatsu, and shop for holiday gifts in our gift shop.

Please note that the house is not heated, and make sure to dress warmly. We will have a limited number of slippers available for guests to wear inside the house. Regular admission rates apply.

Japanese New Year: Celebrate Oshogatsu!
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Japanese New Year: Celebrate Oshogatsu! @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Oshogatsu is the Japanese New Year, celebrated on the first day of January. Celebrate an early Japanese New Year this holiday season with lush ikebana flower arrangements and traditional decorations of pine, bamboo, and berries. Displays for the new year’s tea and holiday games will be on view, along with an exhibition of winter kimono. Our Jizo statue will be decorated with a traditional cap and bib, and we we will share the kamishibai story “Hats For The Jizos” throughout the weekend.
 
Wear warm socks (we have slippers, too) and warm up with a complimentary cup of green tea on the veranda to enjoy the spare beauty of the winter Japanese garden from the sun-soaked veranda. We hope you’ll join us during this beautiful time of the year!
Dec
3
Sun
Extended Fall Hours at Shofuso
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Extended Fall Hours at Shofuso @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Tour our house, view our garden, and take in the fall foliage for the first time at Shofuso! We have extended our fall season, with the house and garden open on weekends in November and December. Watch as our maples come to life with breathtaking fall colors, view decorations for the Japanese New Year, Oshogatsu, and shop for holiday gifts in our gift shop.

Please note that the house is not heated, and make sure to dress warmly. We will have a limited number of slippers available for guests to wear inside the house. Regular admission rates apply.

Japanese New Year: Celebrate Oshogatsu!
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Japanese New Year: Celebrate Oshogatsu! @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Oshogatsu is the Japanese New Year, celebrated on the first day of January. Celebrate an early Japanese New Year this holiday season with lush ikebana flower arrangements and traditional decorations of pine, bamboo, and berries. Displays for the new year’s tea and holiday games will be on view, along with an exhibition of winter kimono. Our Jizo statue will be decorated with a traditional cap and bib, and we we will share the kamishibai story “Hats For The Jizos” throughout the weekend.
 
Wear warm socks (we have slippers, too) and warm up with a complimentary cup of green tea on the veranda to enjoy the spare beauty of the winter Japanese garden from the sun-soaked veranda. We hope you’ll join us during this beautiful time of the year!
Dec
5
Tue
Conversation Club
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Conversation Club @ Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Conversation Club is the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia’s informal, bi-monthly language exchange meeting, free to all! Whether you are looking to improve your Japanese or your English, or just talk about Japan-related topics, everyone is welcome. Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided.

Conversation Club is open to speakers of all levels. No RSVP is necessary.

Dec
7
Thu
Beginner Taiko Classes with KyoDaiko
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Beginner Taiko Classes with KyoDaiko @ Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Dates and Times have changed for beginner lessons in 2017!  Beginner classes now meet on Thursdays at 6:00pm!
Who wants to play LOUD drums?! Taiko drums have been used in Japan for thousands of years for a variety of reasons. However, a relatively new form of taiko drumming is fast becoming a popular passion for drumming enthusiasts all over the world. Called kumi daiko, this form of drumming brings people together to play different taiko drums as an ensemble, with flashy, synchronized choreography.
Learn how to play taiko drums with our Beginner Taiko Classes. Classes are open to adults of all ages, musical backgrounds and experience. In fact, no experience is necessary. We will teach you everything from proper stance, how to hold the drum sticks, and striking technique, in addition to teaching you about the history and traditions of taiko.
Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It’s a good workout, so you may want to bring a bottle of water too.
The fee is $60 per four week session. Classes are 90 minutes, once a week on Thursday nights.
Students can begin in any session and will renew per session.
June: 1, 8, 15, & 22 (no class on 29) – Beta
July: 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Odaiko
August: 3, 10, 17, & 24 (no class on 31) – Shime
September: 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Naname
October: 5, 12, 19 & 26 – Beta
November: 2, 9, 16 & 30 (no class on 23) – Odaiko
December: 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Shime
Please note:  Classes take place at the Defensive Arts Center located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131
For more information, please contact KyoDaiko at kyodaikogigs@gmail.com.  For registration assistance, please contact Shofuso staff at japanesehouse@japanphilly.org.