Event Calendar

Oct
1
Sat
Formal Thick Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Formal Thick Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Enjoy traditional Japanese tea ceremony in a beautiful, authentic setting, sitting either on tatami mats or chairs. Experience a formal traditional Japanese thick tea (koicha) ceremony conducted by a guest tea school. Only 4 tickets per seating are available to the public!

Japanese Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Enjoy traditional Japanese tea ceremony by a guest tea school in a beautiful, authentic setting, sitting either on tatami mats or chairs. Drink a bowl of matcha (green tea) and taste a seasonal sweet. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Formal Thick Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School
Oct 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Formal Thick Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Enjoy traditional Japanese tea ceremony in a beautiful, authentic setting, sitting either on tatami mats or chairs. Experience a formal traditional Japanese thick tea (koicha) ceremony conducted by a guest tea school. Only 4 tickets per seating are available to the public!

Japanese Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School
Oct 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Enjoy traditional Japanese tea ceremony conducted by a guest tea school in a beautiful, authentic setting, sitting either on tatami mats or chairs. Drink a bowl of matcha (green tea) and taste a seasonal sweet. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Oct
5
Wed
Beginner Taiko Classes with KyoDaiko
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Beginner Taiko Classes with KyoDaiko @ Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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. (Children 12 and older are also welcome, with parental supervision.)

Each 4-week session focuses on a fundamental styles of taiko drumming: beta style, odaiko, and shime. 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 Wednesday nights. Students can begin in any session and will renew per session.

Session 9 – Beta Style: October 5, 12, 19, 26
Session 10 – Odaiko Style: November 2, 9, 16, 30 (no class on Nov. 23)
Session 11 – Shime Style: December 7, 14, 21, 28

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

Oct
6
Thu
First Thursday Members Only Evening – Special Film Screening
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
First Thursday Members Only Evening - Special Film Screening @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Close out Shofuso’s season with a special Members Only Night screening of MA:Space/Time in the Garden of Ryoanji, a short film by Takahiko Iimura. Join us for a light reception beginning at 4:30pm with screening to follow. This presentation is a collaboration between the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and Collaborative Cataloging Japan.

This is an exclusive event for members of Shofuso and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. Click here for more information and to become a member!

Oct
7
Fri
Tour Day – Modernism, Japanese Carpentry, and the Garden: Preserving the Architecture of Junzo Yoshimura
Oct 7 @ 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Tour Day - Modernism, Japanese Carpentry, and the Garden: Preserving the Architecture of Junzo Yoshimura @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Kykuit (NY), and Manitoga (NY) | New York | United States

Day one of a two day conference of the North American Japanese Garden Association, this full day tour will begin and end at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden and includes bus travel and admission to two other architectural treasures. Tour Day will explore the architectural and design legacy of Junzo Yoshimura (1908 -1997) and Russell Wright (1904-1976) in two estates that embrace the Japanese garden experience: Kykuit and Manitoga.

Traditional Japanese design shares common ground with Mid-century modern aesthetics in the emphasis on buildings and the outdoors as integrated spaces, and in abiding by a principle of artful simplicity and functionality. Yoshimura and Wright  are two of the design stalwarts from the last century who have explored this nexus between the two design traditions and executed their vision through notable examples of Modernist architecture in a garden setting.

Guests will learn firsthand how Yoshimura’s heritage in Shofuso is being preserved through traditional Japanese craftsmanship and take away some insights on how to start properly documenting heritage structures for the purpose of preservation in your own communities.

Day two of the conference on October 8th will focus on preservation and Japanese carpentry. Join us for one or both days. JASGP and NAJGA members receive a discount on tickets. Members should contact Membership and Development Manager Kara Petraglia for their discount code.

A portion of proceeds benefit the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden Roof Restoration Fund.

Oct
8
Sat
Heritage Preservation Workshop – Modernism, Japanese Carpentry, and the Garden: Preserving the Architecture of Junzo Yoshimura
Oct 8 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Heritage Preservation Workshop - Modernism, Japanese Carpentry, and the Garden: Preserving the Architecture of Junzo Yoshimura @ Sakura Pavilion | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Day two of a two day conference of the North American Japanese Garden Association, this full day workshop will focus on heritage and preservation. Participants will have a rare opportunity to learn about an actual preservation project in progress through a series of demonstrations and lectures about preserving Shofuso (Pine Breeze Villa), a traditional shoin-zukuri Japanese house designed by Yoshimura in 1953 and built in Nagoya, Japan using traditional materials and techniques. Workshop sessions include a Japanese carpentry demonstration, Historic preservation and condition reporting with practicum by participants, and a Hinoki roof demonstration.

Day ond of the conference – Tour Day on October 7th – will explore the architectural and design legacy of Yoshimura and Wright in three estates that all embrace the Japanese garden experience: Shofuso, Kykuit and Manitoga. Join us for one or both days. JASGP and NAJGA members receive a discount on tickets. Members should contact Membership and Development Manager Kara Petraglia for their discount code.

A portion of proceeds benefit the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden Roof Restoration Fund.

Shichi-Go-San Child & Family Photos
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shichi-Go-San Child & Family Photos @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Shichi-Go-San at Shofuso is back! Seize this opportunity to have your 3 and 7 year old girls and 5 year old boys photographed in full kimono professionally dressed and photographed by certified kimono consultant and Shinto priestess Kuniko Kanawa. (More information on Rev. Kanawa can be found on her website www.atelierkanawa.com)

Please see this attached PDF for more information on sizing and optional (cash-only) family member photos and Shinto ceremony.

Please follow this link to our registration page and use the red Other Dates and Other Times to select an available date and time.

Saturday times are hourly from 11am to 3pm.

Sunday times are hourly from 11am to 4pm.

$250 ($230 for members)

Oct
9
Sun
Shichi-Go-San Child & Family Photos
Oct 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Shichi-Go-San Child & Family Photos @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Shichi-Go-San at Shofuso is back! Seize this opportunity to have your 3 and 7 year old girls and 5 year old boys photographed in full kimono professionally dressed and photographed by certified kimono consultant and Shinto priestess Kuniko Kanawa. (More information on Rev. Kanawa can be found on her website www.atelierkanawa.com)

Please see this attached PDF for more information on sizing and optional (cash-only) family member photos and Shinto ceremony.

Please follow this link to our registration page and use the red Other Dates and Other Times to select an available date and time.

Saturday times are hourly from 11am to 3pm.

Sunday times are hourly from 11am to 4pm.

$250 ($230 for members)