Event Calendar

Sep
1
Thu
First Thursday Members Only Evening
Sep 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Exercise you membership and enjoy the natural beauty of a September 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!

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Sep
3
Sat
Tea Ceremony Lessons: Autumn Semester
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Tea Ceremony Lessons: Autumn Semester @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of Japanese tea ceremony? Register for our Autumn Semester and begin the journey! Beginner’s lessons start at 9am and occur on Saturdays. 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.

Reciprocal Membership Weekend at the Barnes Arboretum
Sep 3 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Reciprocal Membership Weekend at the Barnes Arboretum @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Shofuso members enjoy free admission to the Barnes Arboretum on the final weekend of their 2016 season. The 12-acre property in Merion, PA is the original estate of Dr. and Mrs. Barnes and is home to over 3,000 species of rare plants and trees. Visit their website for more information by clicking here.
Sep
4
Sun
Reciprocal Membership Weekend at the Barnes Arboretum
Sep 4 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Reciprocal Membership Weekend at the Barnes Arboretum @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Shofuso members enjoy free admission to the Barnes Arboretum on the final weekend of their 2016 season. The 12-acre property in Merion, PA is the original estate of Dr. and Mrs. Barnes and is home to over 3,000 species of rare plants and trees. Visit their website for more information by clicking here.
Sep
7
Wed
KyoDaiko Beginner Taiko Drumming Class
Sep 7 @ 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.

Sep
11
Sun
A Taste of Ikebana Workshop
Sep 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Taste of Ikebana Workshop @ Sakura Pavilion | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Learn–Watch–Do! This 3-part workshop series meets over three consecutive Sundays (September 11, 18, and 25) to cover the basics of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

Each workshop begins with a short presentation followed by a demonstration from one of Ikebana International’s instructors. Students then apply what they’ve learned in a hands-on workshop experience.

Students interested in additional lessons can speak with instructors to find the right school and schedule that works for them.

These lessons, taught by instructors from Ikebana International Chapter 71, meet at the Sakura Pavilion (about 75 yards from our site). Tuition includes all materials.

 

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Sep 11 @ 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
Sep 11 @ 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.

Sep
17
Sat
Bonsai Workshop
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bonsai Workshop @ Dixon Room, Horticulture Center | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Spend a Saturday afternoon with us learning the ins and outs of bonsai while crafting your own to take home! This program includes a presentation on bonsai and 2+ hour hands-on workshop. Trees, pots, soil and other supplies are included with registration.

Sep
25
Sun
Kumamoto Disaster Relief Tea
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Kumamoto Disaster Relief Tea @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to those supporting relief efforts for those affected by the Kumamoto Disaster of 2016.