Otsukimi and Harvest Day Field Trips

Otsukimi display at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

As the weather starts to cool down, my thoughts start to turn to cozy sweaters, fall leaves and pumpkin flavored everything. Mmmmm pumpkin. But outside of my pumpkin obsessed quests, my thoughts also turn to Otsukimi or moonviewing. Before I started working at Shofuso, I wasn’t familiar with the Japanese holiday dedicated to the autumnal moon. As an educator, I feel like a big plus of my job is getting paid to learn about and be exposed to new things on a constant basis. Plus, Otsukimi combines two of my … Continue reading →

Japanese Pop Culture Film Series

kamikaze-girls

The University of Pennsylvania Center for East Asian Studies will be showing a series of Japanese popular films this fall. The films will be shown on Wednesday, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in room Cohen 402. The film screenings are part of a class series, but are being offered free and open to the public (up to room capacity). See below for the film list. Date Director Title September 7 Ōtomo Katsuhiro Short Peace ショート・ピース September 14 Kon Satoshi Paprika パプリカ September 21 Oshii Mamoru Ghost in the Shell 攻殻機動隊 GHOST … Continue reading →

Giant Monsters of Japan Film Series

Gdzilla!!!

The University of Pennsylvania Center for East Asian Studies will be showing a series of Japanese monster films this fall. The films will be shown on Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in room Myerson B4. The film screenings are part of a class series, but are being offered free and open to the public (up to room capacity). See below for the film list. Giant Monsters of Japan Film Series Fall 2016 Tuesdays 7-9 PM Myerson B4 Date Title Director Year Description Aug. 30 Godzilla (Blu-ray) ゴジラ Honda Ishirō 1954 The … Continue reading →

Fringe Arts to Feature Butoh Dance

Image: Suncan Stone

From September 22 to 24, renowned butoh dancer, Ryuzo Fukuhara will come to Philadelphia for a production entitled RHIZOMAS. Inspired by the spontaneous root-structure growth of the eponymous plant, RHIZOMAS is an improvisational dance and music piece featuring Philadelphia’s own Wormhole Superette, a free improvisational quartet. The performances will explore the New Central Baptist Church at 2139 Lombard St. For more information or to get tickets, visit the Fringe Arts page. … Continue reading →

Thank You For Joining Obon

Members of Ichifuji-kai participate in bon odori

The fourth annual Philadelphia Obon was held at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden on Sunday. While rain forced us to end a little early, the day was filled with great fun – dancing, taiko, tea ceremony, goldfish scooping, and crafts. Thank you to everyone who came out and participated. If you want to relive the experience, we’ve got a photo gallery with some of our favorite pictures available. We hope to see everyone again next year. … Continue reading →