Events

Sep
21
Thu
Conversation Club
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Conversation Club @ Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Conversation Club is the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia’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.

Sep
30
Sat
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Experience a traditional tea ceremony demonstration at Shofuso.  This demonstration is led by practitioners from the Omotesenke Tea School visiting from the Princeton and New York regions.

Be prepared to sit on the floor for the duration of the demonstration. Limited chairs are available.

Members must sign in to receive a $5 discount during checkout.

Thick Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Experience a formal “thick tea” ceremony conducted in the tea house by Omotesenke Eastern Region Chapter (Domonkai). Only 6 guests may attend; registration is required.

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Japanese Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School
Sep 30 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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Experience a traditional tea ceremony demonstration at Shofuso.  This demonstration is led by practitioners from the Omotesenke Tea School visiting from the Princeton and New York regions.

Be prepared to sit on the floor for the duration of the demonstration. Limited chairs are available.

Members must sign in to receive a $5 discount during checkout.

Thick Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke Tea School
Sep 30 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Experience a formal “thick tea” ceremony conducted in the tea house by Omotesenke Eastern Region Chapter (Domonkai). Only 6 guests may attend; registration is required.

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Oct
5
Thu
First Thursdays Members Night
Oct 5 @ 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 May for a light reception and take in the blossoming azaleas, magnolias, and Children’s Day decorations. Not a JASGP member yet? Join at japanphilly.org today!

First Thursdays Members Night
Oct 5 @ 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 October for a special reception themed around Otsukimi, the Japanese moon-viewing festival. Sample dumplings, edamame, and other treats, and enjoy dance performances by IchiFuji-Kai Dance and tea ceremony demonstrations by Urasenke Philadelphia.

Not a JASGP member yet? Join at japanphilly.org today!

Beginner Taiko Classes with KyoDaiko
Oct 5 @ 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.
June: 1, 8, 15, & 22 (no class on 29) – Beta
July: 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Odaiko
August: 3, 10, 17, & 24 (no class on 31) – Shime
September: 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Naname
October: 5, 12, 19 & 26 – Beta
November: 2, 9, 16 & 30 (no class on 23) – Odaiko
December: 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Shime
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 Shofuso staff at japanesehouse@japanphilly.org.
Oct
10
Tue
Conversation Club
Oct 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Conversation Club @ Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Conversation Club is the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia’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.

Oct
11
Wed
Hinoki Bark Roof Restoration
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm
Hinoki Bark Roof Restoration @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Get a first-hand look at Japanese architecture as we restore Shofuso’s roof. Our roof is made of hinoki, a Japanese cypress, and is the only one of its kind in the United States. The care and upkeep of a hinoki bark roof demands precision and knowledge of traditional roofing techniques. Only 100 people know how to work with the materials, and all are based in Japan.
 
This October, Tanigami Roofing Co. LLC, a Japanese roof restoration company, will come to Shofuso and restore part of the roof, preserving it for an additional 15 or more years beyond its predicted life.
 
From October 11 to October 22, take a guided tour and learn more about roof restoration and Japanese woodworking. A planned scaffold ramp will offer a birds-eye view of the Japanese craftsmen at work during special ticketed tours at 12pm and 3pm during regular admission hours.