Events

Feb
1
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums from Philadelphia’s community taiko drumming group! Kyo Daiko’s Beginner Taiko 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, striking technique, and the history and traditions of taiko. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.

Students practicing on beta drums.

Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It is 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 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. New students can begin in any session and will renew per session.

The dramatic odaiko drum may be played by one or two people.

Please note: Classes take place at the Defensive Arts Center located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131

Choreographed naname drumming.

Each session focuses on one of four styles of taiko: beta, odaiko, shime and naname. New students can start with any style. In beta style, the drumhead faces up to the drummer and is parallel to the ground. With the dramatic odaiko style, the drum is put up on a tall stand with the drumhead perpendicular to the ground. The small shime drum plays an important role as the timekeeper in a taiko ensemble, keeping the base beat, or what we call the “ji.” In the shime session, you will learn basic “ji” patterns. With naname style, the drum is set at a slant, which opens up lots of opportunity for beautiful choreography. The full schedule with list of styles is below.

Two shime drums in action.

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

2018 Beginner Taiko Sessions:
Session 1 – Naname: January 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in January classes

Session 2 – Beta: February 1, 8, 15, 22
Click here to enroll in February classes

Session 3 – Odaiko: March 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class on the 1st)
Click here to enroll in March classes

Session 4 – Shime: April 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in April classes

Session 5 – Naname: May 3, 10, 24, 31 (no class on the 17th)
Click here to enroll in May classes

Session 6 – Beta: June 7, 14, 21, 28
Click here to enroll in June classes

Session 7 – Odaiko: July 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in July classes

Session 8 – Shime: August 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class on the 9th)
Click here to enroll in August classes

Session 9 – Naname: September 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in September classes

Session 10 – Beta: October 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in October classes

Session 11 – Odaiko: November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class on 22nd)
Click here to enroll in November classes

Session 12 – Shime: December 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in December classes

Mar
8
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums from Philadelphia’s community taiko drumming group! Kyo Daiko’s Beginner Taiko 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, striking technique, and the history and traditions of taiko. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.

Students practicing on beta drums.

Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It is 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 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. New students can begin in any session and will renew per session.

The dramatic odaiko drum may be played by one or two people.

Please note: Classes take place at the Defensive Arts Center located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131

Choreographed naname drumming.

Each session focuses on one of four styles of taiko: beta, odaiko, shime and naname. New students can start with any style. In beta style, the drumhead faces up to the drummer and is parallel to the ground. With the dramatic odaiko style, the drum is put up on a tall stand with the drumhead perpendicular to the ground. The small shime drum plays an important role as the timekeeper in a taiko ensemble, keeping the base beat, or what we call the “ji.” In the shime session, you will learn basic “ji” patterns. With naname style, the drum is set at a slant, which opens up lots of opportunity for beautiful choreography. The full schedule with list of styles is below.

Two shime drums in action.

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

2018 Beginner Taiko Sessions:
Session 1 – Naname: January 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in January classes

Session 2 – Beta: February 1, 8, 15, 22
Click here to enroll in February classes

Session 3 – Odaiko: March 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class on the 1st)
Click here to enroll in March classes

Session 4 – Shime: April 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in April classes

Session 5 – Naname: May 3, 10, 24, 31 (no class on the 17th)
Click here to enroll in May classes

Session 6 – Beta: June 7, 14, 21, 28
Click here to enroll in June classes

Session 7 – Odaiko: July 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in July classes

Session 8 – Shime: August 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class on the 9th)
Click here to enroll in August classes

Session 9 – Naname: September 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in September classes

Session 10 – Beta: October 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in October classes

Session 11 – Odaiko: November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class on 22nd)
Click here to enroll in November classes

Session 12 – Shime: December 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in December classes

Apr
5
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums from Philadelphia’s community taiko drumming group! Kyo Daiko’s Beginner Taiko 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, striking technique, and the history and traditions of taiko. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.

Students practicing on beta drums.

Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It is 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 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. New students can begin in any session and will renew per session.

The dramatic odaiko drum may be played by one or two people.

Please note: Classes take place at the Defensive Arts Center located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131

Choreographed naname drumming.

Each session focuses on one of four styles of taiko: beta, odaiko, shime and naname. New students can start with any style. In beta style, the drumhead faces up to the drummer and is parallel to the ground. With the dramatic odaiko style, the drum is put up on a tall stand with the drumhead perpendicular to the ground. The small shime drum plays an important role as the timekeeper in a taiko ensemble, keeping the base beat, or what we call the “ji.” In the shime session, you will learn basic “ji” patterns. With naname style, the drum is set at a slant, which opens up lots of opportunity for beautiful choreography. The full schedule with list of styles is below.

Two shime drums in action.

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

2018 Beginner Taiko Sessions:
Session 1 – Naname: January 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in January classes

Session 2 – Beta: February 1, 8, 15, 22
Click here to enroll in February classes

Session 3 – Odaiko: March 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class on the 1st)
Click here to enroll in March classes

Session 4 – Shime: April 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in April classes

Session 5 – Naname: May 3, 10, 24, 31 (no class on the 17th)
Click here to enroll in May classes

Session 6 – Beta: June 7, 14, 21, 28
Click here to enroll in June classes

Session 7 – Odaiko: July 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in July classes

Session 8 – Shime: August 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class on the 9th)
Click here to enroll in August classes

Session 9 – Naname: September 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in September classes

Session 10 – Beta: October 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in October classes

Session 11 – Odaiko: November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class on 22nd)
Click here to enroll in November classes

Session 12 – Shime: December 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in December classes

Apr
8
Sun
A Taste of Kabuki Dance
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Hungry to learn something new? Shofuso’s dance tasters are a great way to experience both classical and folk dance styles of Japan. Meet the instructors, get an introduction to the styles and learn more about our dance classes.

A Taste of Kabuki Dance
Get an introductory classical Japanese dance lesson, open to anyone from 10 to 80. Meet our instructor, Fujima Nishiki-no, with assistant dancer Yoshiko Furuse (below), and see a demonstration of male and female-style dance. Then we’ll put on yukata, learn to walk, and how to open a fan. We’ll begin to learn a very simple dance that can be continued in the first lesson of the semester. No previous dance experience is necessary.

May
3
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums from Philadelphia’s community taiko drumming group! Kyo Daiko’s Beginner Taiko 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, striking technique, and the history and traditions of taiko. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.

Students practicing on beta drums.

Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It is 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 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. New students can begin in any session and will renew per session.

The dramatic odaiko drum may be played by one or two people.

Please note: Classes take place at the Defensive Arts Center located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131

Choreographed naname drumming.

Each session focuses on one of four styles of taiko: beta, odaiko, shime and naname. New students can start with any style. In beta style, the drumhead faces up to the drummer and is parallel to the ground. With the dramatic odaiko style, the drum is put up on a tall stand with the drumhead perpendicular to the ground. The small shime drum plays an important role as the timekeeper in a taiko ensemble, keeping the base beat, or what we call the “ji.” In the shime session, you will learn basic “ji” patterns. With naname style, the drum is set at a slant, which opens up lots of opportunity for beautiful choreography. The full schedule with list of styles is below.

Two shime drums in action.

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

2018 Beginner Taiko Sessions:
Session 1 – Naname: January 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in January classes

Session 2 – Beta: February 1, 8, 15, 22
Click here to enroll in February classes

Session 3 – Odaiko: March 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class on the 1st)
Click here to enroll in March classes

Session 4 – Shime: April 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in April classes

Session 5 – Naname: May 3, 10, 24, 31 (no class on the 17th)
Click here to enroll in May classes

Session 6 – Beta: June 7, 14, 21, 28
Click here to enroll in June classes

Session 7 – Odaiko: July 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in July classes

Session 8 – Shime: August 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class on the 9th)
Click here to enroll in August classes

Session 9 – Naname: September 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in September classes

Session 10 – Beta: October 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in October classes

Session 11 – Odaiko: November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class on 22nd)
Click here to enroll in November classes

Session 12 – Shime: December 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in December classes

May
6
Sun
Japanese Classical Dance: Spring Semester
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Learn how to wear kimono and dance gracefully while studying Nihon buyō (Japanese classical dance) at Shofuso! Dance classes are open to anyone, including youth ages 10 and up. In fact, no experience is necessary. Students learn different dances at their own pace. Remember – the more work you do at home, the faster you will learn!

Learning classical Japanese dance means much more than studying dance alone. Many different interests are included: music, poetry and theatre; textiles, kimono and dressing; fans and props; costumes, makeup and wigs; language and etiquette; and Japanese history. What are your interests?

The Class
Dance class begins at 1:00 pm and ends by 4:30 pm. By tradition, all classes are group classes, and include students with different levels of experience.

At the start of each class, students dress in kimono or yukata (cotton kimono), obi (sash) and tabi (special socks). Those attending a Nihon buyō “taster” class should wear leggings or gym shorts, a t-shirt, and white gym socks.

During class, students line up by seniority, then bow to the teacher. No mirrors are used. Beginning students take their lessons first by standing beside the teacher, or between the teacher and a senior student (to “sandwich” you) and moving as the teacher directs, generally following her movements. Following this, novice students dance at the back of the class, where they can watch and follow more advanced choreography. Writing down choreography is allowed, and following the movements of other lessons is encouraged!

Performances
From time to time, students perform at Shofuso or at other venues. Students will be asked to join, first as helpers and later as dancers, at the teachers’ discretion.

The Teacher
Helen Moss, whose performing name is Fujima Nishiki-no (藤間錦乃) has been teaching Sōke Fujima style dance at Shofuso for more than five years. Click here to read Moss’s bio. Dancer Yoshiko Furuse, who has studied Nihon buyō since 2010, is an assistant teacher.

The Semester
Classes are organized into semesters. The semester fee is $135 for members, and $150 for non-members.

Spring 2018 Semester
Fall 2018 Semester
 May 6  August 25
 May 20  September 16
 June 3  October 7
 June 17  October 21
 July 1  November 4
 July 15  November 18

The teacher comes from New York City, so sometimes weather conditions either delay or prevent her from coming. In that case, she will make every attempt to notify you. In the event that students are unable to make a class due to weather conditions, travel, or a medical emergency, they should contact Moss via email or phone.

Most students are adults, but children 10 and over are also welcome. Parents should fill out a photo release form and an emergency/medical form.

After the first semester, students are asked to purchase a dance fan and a cotton yukata/obi set. The teacher will make every effort to see that those are available for a reasonable price.

Additional Information
Please contact the teacher, Helen Moss. For registration assistance, please contact the Shofuso staff at japanesehouse@japanphilly.org.

 

Jun
7
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums from Philadelphia’s community taiko drumming group! Kyo Daiko’s Beginner Taiko 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, striking technique, and the history and traditions of taiko. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.

Students practicing on beta drums.

Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It is 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 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. New students can begin in any session and will renew per session.

The dramatic odaiko drum may be played by one or two people.

Please note: Classes take place at the Defensive Arts Center located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131

Choreographed naname drumming.

Each session focuses on one of four styles of taiko: beta, odaiko, shime and naname. New students can start with any style. In beta style, the drumhead faces up to the drummer and is parallel to the ground. With the dramatic odaiko style, the drum is put up on a tall stand with the drumhead perpendicular to the ground. The small shime drum plays an important role as the timekeeper in a taiko ensemble, keeping the base beat, or what we call the “ji.” In the shime session, you will learn basic “ji” patterns. With naname style, the drum is set at a slant, which opens up lots of opportunity for beautiful choreography. The full schedule with list of styles is below.

Two shime drums in action.

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

2018 Beginner Taiko Sessions:
Session 1 – Naname: January 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in January classes

Session 2 – Beta: February 1, 8, 15, 22
Click here to enroll in February classes

Session 3 – Odaiko: March 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class on the 1st)
Click here to enroll in March classes

Session 4 – Shime: April 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in April classes

Session 5 – Naname: May 3, 10, 24, 31 (no class on the 17th)
Click here to enroll in May classes

Session 6 – Beta: June 7, 14, 21, 28
Click here to enroll in June classes

Session 7 – Odaiko: July 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in July classes

Session 8 – Shime: August 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class on the 9th)
Click here to enroll in August classes

Session 9 – Naname: September 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in September classes

Session 10 – Beta: October 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in October classes

Session 11 – Odaiko: November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class on 22nd)
Click here to enroll in November classes

Session 12 – Shime: December 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in December classes

Jul
5
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums from Philadelphia’s community taiko drumming group! Kyo Daiko’s Beginner Taiko 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, striking technique, and the history and traditions of taiko. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.

Students practicing on beta drums.

Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It is 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 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. New students can begin in any session and will renew per session.

The dramatic odaiko drum may be played by one or two people.

Please note: Classes take place at the Defensive Arts Center located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131

Choreographed naname drumming.

Each session focuses on one of four styles of taiko: beta, odaiko, shime and naname. New students can start with any style. In beta style, the drumhead faces up to the drummer and is parallel to the ground. With the dramatic odaiko style, the drum is put up on a tall stand with the drumhead perpendicular to the ground. The small shime drum plays an important role as the timekeeper in a taiko ensemble, keeping the base beat, or what we call the “ji.” In the shime session, you will learn basic “ji” patterns. With naname style, the drum is set at a slant, which opens up lots of opportunity for beautiful choreography. The full schedule with list of styles is below.

Two shime drums in action.

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

2018 Beginner Taiko Sessions:
Session 1 – Naname: January 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in January classes

Session 2 – Beta: February 1, 8, 15, 22
Click here to enroll in February classes

Session 3 – Odaiko: March 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class on the 1st)
Click here to enroll in March classes

Session 4 – Shime: April 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in April classes

Session 5 – Naname: May 3, 10, 24, 31 (no class on the 17th)
Click here to enroll in May classes

Session 6 – Beta: June 7, 14, 21, 28
Click here to enroll in June classes

Session 7 – Odaiko: July 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in July classes

Session 8 – Shime: August 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class on the 9th)
Click here to enroll in August classes

Session 9 – Naname: September 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in September classes

Session 10 – Beta: October 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in October classes

Session 11 – Odaiko: November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class on 22nd)
Click here to enroll in November classes

Session 12 – Shime: December 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in December classes

Aug
2
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums from Philadelphia’s community taiko drumming group! Kyo Daiko’s Beginner Taiko 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, striking technique, and the history and traditions of taiko. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.

Students practicing on beta drums.

Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It is 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 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. New students can begin in any session and will renew per session.

The dramatic odaiko drum may be played by one or two people.

Please note: Classes take place at the Defensive Arts Center located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131

Choreographed naname drumming.

Each session focuses on one of four styles of taiko: beta, odaiko, shime and naname. New students can start with any style. In beta style, the drumhead faces up to the drummer and is parallel to the ground. With the dramatic odaiko style, the drum is put up on a tall stand with the drumhead perpendicular to the ground. The small shime drum plays an important role as the timekeeper in a taiko ensemble, keeping the base beat, or what we call the “ji.” In the shime session, you will learn basic “ji” patterns. With naname style, the drum is set at a slant, which opens up lots of opportunity for beautiful choreography. The full schedule with list of styles is below.

Two shime drums in action.

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

2018 Beginner Taiko Sessions:
Session 1 – Naname: January 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in January classes

Session 2 – Beta: February 1, 8, 15, 22
Click here to enroll in February classes

Session 3 – Odaiko: March 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class on the 1st)
Click here to enroll in March classes

Session 4 – Shime: April 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in April classes

Session 5 – Naname: May 3, 10, 24, 31 (no class on the 17th)
Click here to enroll in May classes

Session 6 – Beta: June 7, 14, 21, 28
Click here to enroll in June classes

Session 7 – Odaiko: July 5, 12, 19, 26
Click here to enroll in July classes

Session 8 – Shime: August 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class on the 9th)
Click here to enroll in August classes

Session 9 – Naname: September 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in September classes

Session 10 – Beta: October 4, 11, 18, 25
Click here to enroll in October classes

Session 11 – Odaiko: November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class on 22nd)
Click here to enroll in November classes

Session 12 – Shime: December 6, 13, 20, 27
Click here to enroll in December classes

Aug
12
Sun
Bon Odori Dance Taster
Aug 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

 

Hungry to learn something new? Shofuso’s dance tasters are a great way to experience both classical and folk dance styles of Japan. Meet the instructors, get an introduction to the styles and learn more about our dance classes.

Bon Odori Dance Taster
Gear up for the 6th Annual Philadelphia Obon Festival by learning and practicing Bon odori, the traditional dances of Obon from all over Japan. Practice with Bon odori dance leader, Natasha Danielian (below), then come back on August 18th to enjoy dancing together in the festival (rain date August 25th ). No previous dance experience is necessary.