Events

Apr
1
Sat
Opening Weekend at Shofuso
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Opening Weekend at Shofuso @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Come to Shofuso on April 1st as we reopen for our 59th season and kick-start a year of exciting events! Take in the spring blossoms, tour our house and garden, and feed our koi. Shofuso will be open daily from 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday and 11 AM – 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays during the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival.

Admission to Shofuso is $10 for adults, $5 for children, seniors, and students with college ID, and $3 for ACCESS card holders with up to four guests. Members, children under three, and active military with ID and up to five guests are free.

Apr
2
Sun
Opening Weekend at Shofuso
Apr 2 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Opening Weekend at Shofuso @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Come to Shofuso on April 1st as we reopen for our 59th season and kick-start a year of exciting events! Take in the spring blossoms, tour our house and garden, and feed our koi. Shofuso will be open daily from 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday and 11 AM – 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays during the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival.

Admission to Shofuso is $10 for adults, $5 for children, seniors, and students with college ID, and $3 for ACCESS card holders with up to four guests. Members, children under three, and active military with ID and up to five guests are free.

Apr
6
Thu
First Thursdays Members Night
Apr 6 @ 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 April to celebrate the opening of Shofuso’s 2017 season and the 2017 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival with a light reception. Not a JASGP member yet? Join at japanphilly.org today!

Beginner Taiko Classes with KyoDaiko
Apr 6 @ 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.

Session 1: Jan 5, 12, 19, 26  
Session 2: Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
Session 3: Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 (no class on March 30)
Session 4: April 6, 13, 20, 27
Session 5: May 4, 11, 18, 25
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 JASGP staff at japanesehouse@japanphilly.org.
Apr
8
Sat
Cherry Blossom Tea Ceremony (Nodate)
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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.

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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.

Cherry Blossom Tea Ceremony (Nodate)
Apr 8 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Nodate TeaEnjoy 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.

Taiko Taster Drumming Workshop
Apr 8 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Taiko TasterTry taiko drumming at this beginner’s workshop! Explore the rhythmic beats and group choreography of Japanese taiko drumming at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival’s first taiko drum workshop. The workshop is open to adults and children ages 12 and up. No experience required!

 

Apr
9
Sun
Sakura Sunday Tours
Apr 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sakura Sunday Tours @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Visit Shofuso during Sakura Sunday, the main festival day of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival! Free timed tickets will be available the day of the festival, granting you access to a tour of the house led by one of our visitor services associates. Please make sure to show up 10 minutes before your tour time.

Apr
10
Mon
Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy, and the Manga/Anime Revolution
Apr 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy, and the Manga/Anime Revolution @ University of Pennsylvania, 402 Cohen Hall | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

In Japan, Osamu Tezuka is known as the manga no kami-sama, or the “God of Manga.” In a heavily illustrated talk, translator, interpreter, award-winning writer Frederik L. Schodt will focus on Tezuka’s Tetsuwan Atomu (known as “Astro Boy” in the United States). In doing so, he will also discuss Tezuka’s role in the development of Japan’s enormous modern manga and anime industries.

May
2
Tue
Conversation Club
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Conversation Club @ Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Conversation Club is JASGP’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.