Events

Jun
9
Sat
Tea Lessons: Spring Semester
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – Jun 30 @ 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.

Jun
24
Sun
Summer Clean Up Day 2018
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Summer is here and we need your help! We’re looking for up to 30 volunteers to help get our gardens in top shape.

Jul
1
Sun
First Sundays
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Learn about the culture, history, stories and arts of Japan in these monthly, drop-in programs. From May to
October, stop by Shofuso House and Garden for a series of interactive programs for children and families. Free
after admission.

Tell Me A Story: 11 am — 12 pm
In this story hour for children ages 3 to 5 and parents/guardians, hear traditional folktales as well as those by much-loved Japanese authors. Each story will be accompanied by a hands-on craft project and movement activity.

Hands on Japan: 12 pm — 2 pm
Bring your family to experience demonstrations of Japan’s arts and crafts. Try your hand at a new art form every month! Open to visitors of all ages.

Manga Meetup 2 pm — 3:30 pm
Love all things manga? This monthly program moderated by local artists is for youth ages 12 to 16. Sketch, hone your skills, share your artwork, and meet new friends in a relaxed, social environment. Basic drawing materials will be provided. Youth can feel free to bring their own. Participants should meet instructor at admission desk.

For a list of monthly themes and more information, visit our First Sundays page!

Jul
5
Thu
Members Only Night: July
Jul 5 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Members Only Night: July @ Shofuso  | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

JASGP members enjoy exclusive access to Shofuso from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM on the first Thursday night of every month, April through October, rain or shine. Join us to cool off on the veranda and enjoy the Tanabata Star Festival decorations. All attending members will receive a gift as part of membership appreciation.

Registration is requested. For more information or to become a member, click here.

Parks on Tap at Shofuso
Jul 5 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 8 @ 10:00 pm
Parks on Tap at Shofuso @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Parks on Tap, Philadelphia’s first and only traveling beer garden, returns to Shofuso this summer from Thursday, July 5 through Sunday, July 8. Take in the summer garden and our festive Tanabata decorations after hours at Shofuso. Parks on Tap will offer a menu of fresh food and snacks, beer on tap, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks, plus seating and hammocks for lounging.

Enjoy free access to the garden during Parks On Tap hours, with special $5 admission into the house (house open through 6 pm all nights). Visitors are welcome to bring drinks from the beer garden into Shofuso’s garden, but no food, drinks, or pets are allowed inside the house.
Parks on Tap is a partnership between Philadelphia Parks and RecreationFairmount Park Conservancy and Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality.

Daily hours:

  • Thursday, July 5: 5-10 PM
  • Friday, July 6: 4-11 PM
  • Saturday, July 7: 1-11 PM
  • Sunday, July 8: 12-10 PM
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
Jul 5 @ 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
Click here to enroll in June classes

Session 7 – Odaiko: July 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in July classes

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
Click here to enroll in September classes

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
Click here to enroll in December classes

Jul
7
Sat
Family Tanabata Weekend
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – Jul 8 @ 5:00 pm
Family Tanabata Weekend @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Tanabata is a traditional Japanese star festival held in midsummer. Join us to tie wishes (tanzaku) to the bamboo tree, watch our giant Tanabata star ornaments swish in the breeze, and make paper cranes for good luck. This weekend of activities includes Japanese storytelling, musical instrument demonstrations, origami, and calligraphy! Events free with general admission.

 

 

Jul
15
Sun
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Urasenke Tea School
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

Image result for shofuso tea ceremony

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.

Japanese Tea Ceremony: Urasenke Tea School
Jul 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Image result for shofuso tea ceremony

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.

Jul
21
Sat
Japanese Garden Pruning: Weeping Maples
Jul 21 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Layering and thinning out a specimen tree to reveal its character are techniques that have been employed in Japan for many centuries. These universal techniques can also be applied to just about any ornamental tree or shrub.

This one-day, hands-on course led by Japanese garden professional Asher Browne will focus specifically on pruning weeping Japanese maples, a small specimen tree that is very popular but seldom pruned correctly if at all. Before hands-on work begins, there will be a discussion on all related topics from tool selection and use, on-site work procedure and etiquette, and of course basic Japanese pruning methods, approaches, and concepts.

Participants are asked to bring their own pruners. Extra pruners may also be available for use. All hands-on practice will be done from the ground, and there will be no climbing or use of ladders.

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.