Events

Jul
21
Sat
Japanese Garden Pruning: Weeping Maples
Jul 21 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Layering and thinning out a specimen tree to reveal its character are techniques that have been employed in Japan for many centuries. These universal techniques can also be applied to just about any ornamental tree or shrub.

This one-day, hands-on course led by Japanese garden professional Asher Browne will focus specifically on pruning weeping Japanese maples, a small specimen tree that is very popular but seldom pruned correctly if at all. Before hands-on work begins, there will be a discussion on all related topics from tool selection and use, on-site work procedure and etiquette, and of course basic Japanese pruning methods, approaches, and concepts.

Participants are asked to bring their own pruners. Extra pruners may also be available for use. All hands-on practice will be done from the ground, and there will be no climbing or use of ladders.

Members must be logged in to their account to see the discount applied at check-out.

About the Instructor
Asher Browne is a Japanese garden builder based in New Jersey, and has been Shofuso’s garden
consultant for the past decade. Asher started his quest to learn the techniques and principles of
Japanese gardening nearly twenty years ago. With a background in the Fine Arts, he moved to
Japan for eight years, four years of which was spent training full-time with garden companies in
Kyoto. By working with Japanese garden crews every day in some of Kyoto’s most famous
gardens, he learned the traditional techniques that have been used for centuries to build and
develop Japan’s beautiful gardens.

For more information about Asher, please visit his website, asherbrowne.com.

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
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Session 7 – Odaiko: July 5, 12, 19, 26
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Session 8 – Shime: August 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class on the 9th)
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Session 9 – Naname: September 6, 13, 20, 27
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Session 10 – Beta: October 4, 11, 18, 25
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Session 11 – Odaiko: November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class on 22nd)
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Session 12 – Shime: December 6, 13, 20, 27
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Aug
5
Sun
Mobile Raku Workshop (Day One)
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Mobile Raku Workshop (Day One) @ The Horticulture Center, Dixon Room | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

In this two-part workshop, participants will learn to make their own ikebana containers for Japanese flower arranging and then return to fire the pieces in an outdoor raku kiln under master potter Brett Thomas. During day one, learn clay hand-building techniques to craft up to three containers. On day two, learn about glazing while participating in a mobile raku firing.

Workshop hours:
Day One: Sunday, August 5, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Day Two: Sunday, August 19, 2018, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

INFO ABOUT INSTRUCTOR: http://www.mobileraku.com/

Aug
19
Sun
Mobile Raku Workshop (Day Two)
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mobile Raku Workshop (Day Two) @ Sakura Pavilion | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

In this two-part workshop, participants will learn to make their own ikebana containers for Japanese flower arranging and then return to fire the pieces in an outdoor raku kiln under master potter Brett Thomas. During day one, learn clay hand-building techniques to craft up to three containers. On day two, learn about glazing while participating in a mobile raku firing.

Please note that in order to participate in the second day of the Mobile Raku workshop, one must be registered for Day One.

Workshop hours:
Day One: Sunday, August 5, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Day Two: Sunday, August 19, 2018, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

INFO ABOUT INSTRUCTOR: http://www.mobileraku.com/

Sep
6
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
Sep 6 @ 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

Sep
30
Sun
Bonsai Workshop
Sep 30 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Bonsai Workshop @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | 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. This workshop is $115 ($105 JASGP members)
 
About the instructor: Tom De Simone has been involved with bonsai since 1977. For many years, he worked weekends for
and studied with Chase Rosade of Rosade Bonsai in New Hope, PA. Tom has taken numerous courses on subjects such as growing pines and quince, forest plantings, carving, advanced wiring and tropical bonsai design. He has assisted Mr. Rosade in beginner classes and helped care for the Studio’s extensive collection. He has also taken numerous courses given by Salvatore Liporace of
Studio Botanico Bonsai in Milan, Italy in advanced design and grafting and Francois Jeker in carving.
 
Mr. De Simone is the founder and current President of the Bonsai Society of South Jersey and has his own collection of more than 25 trees. He also holds a B.S. Degree in Journalism from Temple University and is a retired U.S. Army Master Army Aviator and Instructor Pilot (helicopters) and holds private, commercial and instrument airplane licenses. He and his wife are lifelong residents of the Delaware Valley and they currently reside in Southern New Jersey.
Oct
4
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
Oct 4 @ 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

Nov
1
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
Nov 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

Nov
18
Sun
Japanese Stone Setting
Nov 18 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

The beauty of stone, arranged in both small and extensive asymmetrically balanced compositions, is at the heart of the Japanese gardening tradition. An in class slide viewing and discussion led by Japanese gardening professional Asher Browne will be followed by an outdoor walk-through and viewing of Shofuso’s pond. In limited hands-on work, attendees will practice some basic rock setting techniques using a tripod and chain hoist. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

Members must be logged in to their account for the discount to be applied during checkout.

About the Instructor
Asher Browne is a Japanese garden builder based in New Jersey, and has been Shofuso’s garden
consultant for the past decade. Asher started his quest to learn the techniques and principles of
Japanese gardening nearly twenty years ago. With a background in the Fine Arts, he moved to
Japan for eight years, four years of which was spent training full-time with garden companies in
Kyoto. By working with Japanese garden crews every day in some of Kyoto’s most famous
gardens, he learned the traditional techniques that have been used for centuries to build and
develop Japan’s beautiful gardens.

For more information about Asher, please visit his website, asherbrowne.com.

Dec
6
Thu
Kyo Daiko Beginner Taiko Classes
Dec 6 @ 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