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


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

Tea School

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 or Shofuso staff at 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


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 →

JASGP & Shofuso Are Merging!

Merger of two local Japanese organizations will elevate Japanese arts, business and culture in Philadelphia region Philadelphia – July 1, 2016 – Japanese arts, business, and culture in Philadelphia, with deep roots dating from an 1860 visit by the first Japanese diplomatic delegation, will have a new, more effective champion to embody the story of friendship between Japan and Philadelphia. Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia will merge with the stewards of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden (FJHG), as of July 1, 2016. … Continue reading →