Events

Jul
17
Mon
Summer Camp – The Wonderful World of Studio Ghibli
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm

Spend a week (or five!) this summer experiencing Japanese culture at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden!  Boys and girls ages 7 through 12 can try many Japanese hands-on activities in beautiful Japanese House and Garden in West Fairmount park.

Image result for shofuso summer camp studio ghibliEach week ends with a special camper-led tour and performance for their parents and guardians!

Campers will experience a different theme each week.  Sign up for any or all of the offerings.

This week, campers will experience the the wonderful world of Studio Ghibli.

Explore the wonderful and weird animations of Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo, Totoro) who is one of the most well-known animators in Japan. Campers will explore manga and anime techniques while creating their own group animations.

Check out our promo video for a sneak peak at our summer camp program!

Members must sign in to get a $25 discount during checkout.

Jul
24
Mon
Summer Camp – Cats and Monkeys and Rabbits, Oh My!
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm

Spend a week (or five!) this summer experiencing Japanese culture at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden!  Boys and girls ages 7 through 12 can try many Japanese hands-on activities in beautiful Japanese House and Garden in West Fairmount park.

Image result for shofuso summer campEach week ends with a special camper-led tour and performance for their parents and guardians!

Campers will experience a different theme each week.  Sign up for any or all of the offerings.

Animals play a big part in the tales, holidays and art of Japan. During this week, campers will learn about the maneko neko (lucky cat), usagi (rabbit), kitsune (fox), and more! Activities will include origami, printmaking and other traditional art forms using animals as their inspiration.

 

Check out our promo video for a sneak peak at our summer camp program!

Members must sign in to get a $25 discount during checkout.

Jul
31
Mon
Summer Camp – Build It, Plant It
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – Aug 4 @ 3:00 pm

Spend a week (or five!) this summer experiencing Japanese culture at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden!  Boys and girls ages 7 through 12 can try many Japanese hands-on activities in beautiful Japanese House and Garden in West Fairmount park.

Image result for shofuso summer campEach week ends with a special camper-led tour and performance for their parents and guardians!

Campers will experience a different theme each week.  Sign up for any or all of the offerings.

Campers will get to know Shofuso inside and out during this architecture and garden week. Using the site as inspiration, campers will design and construct their own dream space and Japanese garden. Activities will include creating a noren door curtain using traditional designs or favorite kawaii or manga characters.

Check out our promo video for a sneak peak at our summer camp program!

Members must sign in to get a $25 discount during checkout.

Aug
1
Tue
Conversation Club
Aug 1 @ 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.

Aug
3
Thu
First Thursdays Members Night
Aug 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
First Thursdays Members Night @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

JASGP members enjoy members only evenings at Shofuso on the first Thursday of every month, April through October, rain or shine. Join us in May for a light reception and take in the blossoming azaleas, magnolias, and Children’s Day decorations. Not a JASGP member yet? Join at japanphilly.org today!

First Thursdays Members Night
Aug 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
First Thursdays Members Night @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

JASGP members enjoy members only evenings at Shofuso on the first Thursday of every month, April through October, rain or shine. Join us in August to cool off on the veranda and enjoy a light reception.

Not a JASGP member yet? Join at japanphilly.org today!

Beginner Taiko Classes with KyoDaiko
Aug 3 @ 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.
Aug
7
Mon
Summer Camp – Games and Toys
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – Aug 11 @ 3:00 pm

Spend a week (or five!) this summer experiencing Japanese culture at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden!  Boys and girls ages 7 through 12 can try many Japanese hands-on activities in beautiful Japanese House and Garden in West Fairmount park.

Image result for shofuso summer campEach week ends with a special camper-led tour and performance for their parents and guardians!

Campers will experience a different theme each week.  Sign up for any or all of the offerings.

This week will be all fun and games for campers who like to play! Learn about traditional Japanese toys and games while trying them out. Make a kokeshi doll in the form of your favorite character, fold origami water bombs and jumping frogs, learn to juggle otedama (bean bags) and create feats for our own Japanese-style game show.

Check out our promo video for a sneak peak at our summer camp program!

Members must sign in to get a $25 discount during checkout.

Aug
17
Thu
Conversation Club
Aug 17 @ 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.

Aug
27
Sun
Philadelphia Obon Festival
Aug 27 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Philadelphia Obon Festival @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Come to Shofuso Japanese House and Garden on Sunday, August 27 for the fifth annual Philadelphia Obon Festival. The day will include live music, food, Japanese arts and crafts, a flea market, and a traditional bon dance. All Obon Festival events are free.

Obon is a time in Japan where everyone returns home – even the spirits of ancestors. It’s both a traditional celebration of one’s ancestors and a contemporary summer festival with music, food, and dance. Bon odori are dances that vary from place to place — if you’d like to share your hometown dance at our festival, please let us know.