Events

Apr
29
Sun
Stepping Stone Paths
Apr 29 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Stepping stone paths are found in gardens in many countries around the world. In Japan, the aesthetics and concepts of stepping stone placement have been highly development. In this workshop led by Japanese gardening professional Asher Browne, we will look at many examples of stepping stones paths in Japan, explore common layouts and material usage, and discuss concepts like blending function and beauty.

Participants of this one-day course will work in teams and set their own stepping stones, applying Japanese principles and techniques. Please be advised that this hands-on work is physical, and requires squatting, digging and moving stones. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

Members must be logged in to their account for the discount to be applied during checkout.

About the Instructor
Asher Browne is a Japanese garden builder based in New Jersey, and has been Shofuso’s garden
consultant for the past decade. Asher started his quest to learn the techniques and principles of
Japanese gardening nearly twenty years ago. With a background in the Fine Arts, he moved to
Japan for eight years, four years of which was spent training full-time with garden companies in
Kyoto. By working with Japanese garden crews every day in some of Kyoto’s most famous
gardens, he learned the traditional techniques that have been used for centuries to build and
develop Japan’s beautiful gardens.

For more information about Asher, please visit his website, asherbrowne.com.

May
3
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums from Philadelphia’s community taiko drumming group! Kyo Daiko’s Beginner Taiko 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, striking technique, and the history and traditions of taiko. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.

Students practicing on beta drums.

Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It is 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 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. New students can begin in any session and will renew per session.

The dramatic odaiko drum may be played by one or two people.

Please note: Classes take place at the Defensive Arts Center located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131

Choreographed naname drumming.

Each session focuses on one of four styles of taiko: beta, odaiko, shime and naname. New students can start with any style. In beta style, the drumhead faces up to the drummer and is parallel to the ground. With the dramatic odaiko style, the drum is put up on a tall stand with the drumhead perpendicular to the ground. The small shime drum plays an important role as the timekeeper in a taiko ensemble, keeping the base beat, or what we call the “ji.” In the shime session, you will learn basic “ji” patterns. With naname style, the drum is set at a slant, which opens up lots of opportunity for beautiful choreography. The full schedule with list of styles is below.

Two shime drums in action.

For more information, please contact KyoDaiko at kyodaikogigs@gmail.com. For registration assistance,
please contact Shofuso staff at japanesehouse@japanphilly.org.

2018 Beginner Taiko Sessions:
Session 1 – Naname: January 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in January classes

Session 2 – Beta: February 1, 8, 15, 22
Click here to enroll in February classes

Session 3 – Odaiko: March 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class on the 1st)
Click here to enroll in March classes

Session 4 – Shime: April 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in April classes

Session 5 – Naname: May 3, 10, 24, 31 (no class on the 17th)
Click here to enroll in May classes

Session 6 – Beta: June 7, 14, 21, 28
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Session 7 – Odaiko: July 5, 12, 19, 26
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Session 8 – Shime: August 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class on the 9th)
Click here to enroll in August classes

Session 9 – Naname: September 6, 13, 20, 27
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Session 10 – Beta: October 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in October classes

Session 11 – Odaiko: November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class on 22nd)
Click here to enroll in November classes

Session 12 – Shime: December 6, 13, 20, 27
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May
5
Sat
Tea Lessons: Spring Semester
May 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Image result for shofuso tea ceremonyHave you ever wanted to learn the art of Japanese tea ceremony?

Register for Tea School on Saturdays at Shofuso and begin the journey. Beginner’s lessons begin at 11am. For more information, please contact the Chado Association of Philadelphia at info@phillytea.org or Shofuso staff at info@shofuso.com.

Tea ceremony — called chanoyu or chado in Japanese — is at once an art form, a spiritual discipline, a way to socialize, and a window on Japanese culture. Practiced for more than 450 years, this unique way of sharing tea has spread around the world. Our teachers are licensed by the Urasenke school of chanoyu, one of the largest in Japan, which is headquartered in Kyoto.

The fee is $100 per month of study, with a one time materials fee of $65 payable to the teacher on the first day of class. Students will renew monthly.

May
6
Sun
Japanese Classical Dance: Spring Semester
May 6 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn how to wear kimono and dance gracefully while studying Nihon buyō (Japanese classical dance) at Shofuso! Dance classes are open to anyone, including youth ages 10 and up. In fact, no experience is necessary. Students learn different dances at their own pace. Remember – the more work you do at home, the faster you will learn!

Learning classical Japanese dance means much more than studying dance alone. Many different interests are included: music, poetry and theatre; textiles, kimono and dressing; fans and props; costumes, makeup and wigs; language and etiquette; and Japanese history. What are your interests?

The Class
Dance class begins at 1:30 pm and ends by 4:00 pm. By tradition, all classes are group classes, and include students with different levels of experience.

At the start of each class, students dress in kimono or yukata (cotton kimono), obi (sash) and tabi (special socks). Those attending a Nihon buyō “taster” class should wear leggings or gym shorts, a t-shirt, and white gym socks.

During class, students line up by seniority, then bow to the teacher. No mirrors are used. Beginning students take their lessons first by standing beside the teacher, or between the teacher and a senior student (to “sandwich” you) and moving as the teacher directs, generally following her movements. Following this, novice students dance at the back of the class, where they can watch and follow more advanced choreography. Writing down choreography is allowed, and following the movements of other lessons is encouraged!

Performances
From time to time, students perform at Shofuso or at other venues. Students will be asked to join, first as helpers and later as dancers, at the teachers’ discretion.

The Teacher
Helen Moss, whose performing name is Fujima Nishiki-no (藤間錦乃) has been teaching Sōke Fujima style dance at Shofuso for more than five years. Click here to read Moss’s bio. Dancer Yoshiko Furuse, who has studied Nihon buyō since 2010, is an assistant teacher.

The Semester
Classes are organized into semesters. The semester fee is $135 for members, and $150 for non-members.

Spring 2018 Semester
Fall 2018 Semester
 May 6  August 25
 May 20  September 16
 June 3  October 7
 June 17  October 21
 July 1  November 4
 July 15  November 18

The teacher comes from New York City, so sometimes weather conditions either delay or prevent her from coming. In that case, she will make every attempt to notify you. In the event that students are unable to make a class due to weather conditions, travel, or a medical emergency, they should contact Moss via email or phone.

Most students are adults, but children 10 and over are also welcome. Parents should fill out a photo release form and an emergency/medical form.

After the first semester, students are asked to purchase a dance fan and a cotton yukata/obi set. The teacher will make every effort to see that those are available for a reasonable price.

Additional Information
Please contact the teacher, Helen Moss. For registration assistance, please contact the Shofuso staff at japanesehouse@japanphilly.org.

 

May
12
Sat
Love Your Park Day
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Love Your Park Day @ Love Your Park Day | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Come out and volunteer on Love Your Park Day, a semi-annual city-sponsored effort to clean up and beautify Philadelphia’s public spaces.

May
13
Sun
Mother’s Day Tea Ceremony
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

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Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by Shofuso’s own tea school.  Members of Urasenke Philadelphia will demonstrate a tea ceremony, and then provide guests with a bowl of matcha (green tea) and a seasonal sweet.

Be prepared to sit on the floor for the duration of the program.  Limited chairs are available.

Members must sign in to receive a $5 discount during checkout.

Mother’s Day Tea Ceremony
May 13 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

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Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by Shofuso’s own tea school.  Members of Urasenke Philadelphia will demonstrate a tea ceremony, and then provide guests with a bowl of matcha (green tea) and a seasonal sweet.

Be prepared to sit on the floor for the duration of the program.  Limited chairs are available.

Members must sign in to receive a $5 discount during checkout.

Mother’s Day Sips and Suminagashi Scarves
May 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Mother's Day Sips and Suminagashi Scarves @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Bring your mom or the favorite woman in your life to Shofuso for a one of a kind after-hours experience! Sip mimosas on our veranda while taking in the beautiful views, take a private tour of the house, and create a beautiful suminagashi silk scarf to commemorate the experience.

Suminagashi or floating ink is a marbling technique that dates back to the 12th century in Japan. Pigment is added to a vat of water and manipulated to make beautiful organic designs and patterns. Each scarf created will be a one of a kind work of art.

Members must be logged in to see the discount applied during check-out.

Meet The Artist: Richard Aldorasi

As an international jazz musician, the exposure to several folk arts directed his attention to the visual arts and in 1989 he founded the Philadelphia Handmade Paper Company / World Art Project.

He has since continually conducted hands-on programs and workshops in papermaking, Turkish (ebru) and Japanese Suminagashi marbling. As a working artist for over 40 years, his talents go unsurpassed in
handmade paper and silk marbling.

For more information, please visit Richard’s website, createyourownsilkscarf.com.

Jun
2
Sat
Japanese Garden Pruning: Pine Trees
Jun 2 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Pine trees have played the role of primary specimen tree in Japan’s gardens for centuries. Catch a glimpse into the world of Japanese gardening techniques with this one-day course led by professional Japanese gardener Asher Browne.

This class will cover the basic principles of pine pruning in a lecture and discussion. Then, we will step outside and discuss specific techniques like pine candling, thinning out, and proper usage of tools and equipment. There will also be some limited hands-on practice of pine tree candling. No tools are necessary.

Members must be logged in to their account to see the discount applied at check-out.

About the Instructor
Asher Browne is a Japanese garden builder based in New Jersey, and has been Shofuso’s garden
consultant for the past decade. Asher started his quest to learn the techniques and principles of
Japanese gardening nearly twenty years ago. With a background in the Fine Arts, he moved to
Japan for eight years, four years of which was spent training full-time with garden companies in
Kyoto. By working with Japanese garden crews every day in some of Kyoto’s most famous
gardens, he learned the traditional techniques that have been used for centuries to build and
develop Japan’s beautiful gardens.

For more information about Asher, please visit his website, asherbrowne.com.

 

Japanese Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Experience a traditional tea ceremony demonstration at Shofuso.  This demonstration is led by practitioners from the Omotesenke Tea School visiting from the Princeton and New York regions.

Be prepared to sit on the floor for the duration of the demonstration. Limited chairs are available.

Members must sign in to receive a $5 discount during checkout.