Event Calendar

Jul
6
Wed
KyoDaiko Beginner Taiko Drumming Class
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
KyoDaiko Beginner Taiko Drumming Class @ 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. 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 1: February 10, 17, 24 & March 2
  • Session 2: March 9, 16, 23 & 30
  • Session 3: April 6, 13, 20 & 27
  • Session 4: May 4, 11, 18 & 25
  • Session 1: June 1, 8, 15 & 22

    For more information, please contact KyoDaiko at kyodaikogigs@gmail.com.  For registration assistance, please contact Shofuso staff at info@shofuso.com.

Jul
7
Thu
First Thursday Members Only Evening
Jul 7 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Exercise you membership and enjoy the natural beauty of an evening at Shofuso. Whether it’s catching up on some reading, escaping the city, or enjoying the sunset with someone, these evenings provide a unique way to enjoy Shofuso.

This is an exclusive event for members of Shofuso. Click here for more information and to become a member!

evening guest

Jul
9
Sat
Family Tanabata Weekend
Jul 9 @ 11:00 am – 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 full day of activities includes Japanese storytelling, musical instrument demonstrations, origami, and calligraphy!

See below for a full schedule:

11am: Shofuso opens to the public

11:30am: Japanese kamishibai storytelling

11:45am: Traditional Japanese musical instrument demonstration

12–3pm: Origami

12–3pm: Calligraphy

12:45pm: Traditional Japanese musical instrument demonstration

1pm: Japanese kamishibai storytelling

1:45pm: Traditional Japanese musical instrument demonstration

3:30pm: Japanese kamishibai storytelling

 

Jul
10
Sun
Family Tanabata Weekend
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am – 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 full day of activities includes Japanese storytelling, musical instrument demonstrations, origami, and calligraphy!

See below for a full schedule:

11am: Shofuso opens to the public

11:30am: Japanese kamishibai storytelling

11:45am: Traditional Japanese musical instrument demonstration

12–3pm: Origami

12–3pm: Calligraphy

12:45pm: Traditional Japanese musical instrument demonstration

1pm: Japanese kamishibai storytelling

1:45pm: Traditional Japanese musical instrument demonstration

3:30pm: Japanese kamishibai storytelling

 

 

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Jul 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Japanese Tea Ceremony @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Guests enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by the local chapter of the Urasenke tea school. Visitors will learn about the history and principles of chanoyu (tea ceremony), drink a bowl of matcha (green tea), and taste a beautiful seasonal sweet in this truly unique experience.

Space is limited and reservations are required.

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Jul 10 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Japanese Tea Ceremony @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Guests enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by the local chapter of the Urasenke tea school. Visitors will learn about the history and principles of chanoyu (tea ceremony), drink a bowl of matcha (green tea), and taste a beautiful seasonal sweet in this truly unique experience.

Space is limited and reservations are required.

Jul
11
Mon
Shofuso Summer Camp! Taste of Japan Week
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – Jul 15 @ 3:00 pm
Shofuso Summer Camp! Taste of Japan Week @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Campers will take a tasty tour of Japan during this week long camp. From sushi to sweets, campers will roll up their sleeves to create culinary masterpieces. The week will focus on Japanese food traditions as well as turning food into art in the form of decorative bento boxes.

 

Jul
18
Mon
Shofuso Summer Camp! Way of the Samurai Week
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm
Shofuso Summer Camp! Way of the Samurai Week @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

During this week, campers will explore the lives of the samurai. The samurai were not only warriors but they explored haiku, ikebana and other art forms. Campers will be introduced to samurai techniques from the River of Life Martial Arts Center while participating in martial arts, fine art and other exciting workshops.

Jul
25
Mon
Shofuso Summer Camp! Celebrate Japan Week
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – Jul 29 @ 3:00 pm
Shofuso Summer Camp! Celebrate Japan Week @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Campers will explore the tastes, sounds, games and traditions of Japanese festivals. During this week, each day will celebrate a specific holiday from Tanabata (the Star Festival) to Otsukimi (the Moonviewing Festival). The week will culminate in a festival for parents and friends.

Aug
1
Mon
Shofuso Summer Camp! Sounds of Japan Week
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – Aug 5 @ 3:00 pm
Shofuso Summer Camp! Sounds of Japan Week @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

From Taiko to J-Pop, campers will explore the sounds of Japan. During this week, musicians from Kyo Daiko will teach kids to play taiko drums. Campers will build a variety of instruments while learning some surprising facts about their origins and uses.