Fringe Arts to Feature Butoh Dance

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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 Cathedral turned theater space JUNK at 2040 Christian 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 →

Come Celebrate Obon

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On Sunday, August 21 from 11 am to 4 pm, Philadelphia will host its fourth annual Obon Festival! For the first time ever the event will be held at the ground outside of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. While the location has changed, the spirit remains the same. You can don your favorite yukata (or get some help putting it on at the festival); participate in a traditional bon dance; watch Kyo Daiko play taiko drums; make some origami, or decorate wind chimes or fans; drink some tea – All for free! … Continue reading →

Tea Ceremony Lessons: Autumn Semester

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Have you ever wanted to learn the art of Japanese tea ceremony? Register for our Autumn Semester and begin the journey! Beginner’s lessons start at 9am and occur on Saturdays in September. For more information, please contact the Chado Association of Philadelphia at info@phillytea.org or Shofuso staff at japanesehouse@japanphilly.org. Tea ceremony—called chanoyu or chado in Japanese—is at once an art form, a spiritual discipline, a way to socialize, and a window on Japanese culture. Practiced for more than 450 years, this unique way of sharing tea has spread around the … Continue reading →

Pokémon Go – Initial Thoughts

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It’s been two days since Pokémon Go took the world by storm, and my Facebook feed is still flooded by people posting about it.  For those of you who have been living under a rock, Pokémon Go is the new augmented reality game produced by Niantic and Nintendo.  As a pretty active toad in Ingress, I’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time. Pokémon Go uses GPS to determine a trainer’s location.  As a player walks around, they’ll randomly encounter Pokémon that they can catch.  Instead of … Continue reading →