Explore the spooky world of yokai — Japanese ghosts, monsters, and mythical creatures — with a full weekend of programs at Shofuso! Highlights include an informative lecture on yokai lore and two days of spooky crafts, storytelling, and themed crafts. Dump-N-Roll will be at Shofuso on October 28 and 29 with a mix of traditional and classic egg rolls and dumplings.
In anticipation of what promises to be an action-packed weekend, we’ve compiled a list of things to do in order to get the most out of the festival. Check out our list below.
1. Learn All About Yokai at the Evening Yokai Lecture
Brush up on your Japanese folklore (and learn about some new myths) on Friday, October 27. University of Pennsylvania art historian and lecturer Dr. Frank Chance will discuss the history between some of Japan’s greatest tales from 6-7 pm. Experience Shofuso at twilight — “the hour of meeting evil spirits,” according to some legends — and pick up books by artist and folklorist Matthew Meyer.
Tickets are $18 ($13 JASGP members) and are available on japanesehouse.org.
2. Find Free Parking
Shofuso offers free on-site parking, and there is a free lot across from the Horticultural Center. Additional free parking can be found along Lansdowne Ave & the Avenue of the Republic. The Please Touch Museum also offers parking for $12 per car.
3. Come In Costume (And Win A Prize!)
Show off your costume on Instagram using the hashtag #YokaiWeekend, and you’ll be entered into a chance to win a book of yokai mythology.
4. Share on Social Media
Use the hashtag #YokaiWeekend to share your favorite memories with family and friends on Twitter and Instagram, and use the Yokai Weekend Snapchat geofilter to add an umbrella imp to your photos!
5. Pack a Picnic – Or Try Our Foodtruck
All Yokai Weekend events take place within Shofuso and immediately outside of the gates. Please note that we do not have an ATM on site, and it may be helpful to bring cash.
Dump-N-Roll will begin serving food at 11 am on both Saturday and Sunday. Tables will be set up around the truck. Fairmount Park is also a beautiful place to picnic, and we also invite you and your family and friends to enjoy a picnic on the grounds outside of Shofuso.
6. Bundle Up and Wear Layers
Yokai Family Weekend features all-day events, which means warm days and chilly nights. If you’re planning on attending any evening events, make sure you’ve got warm socks, a jacket, and a blanket. We’ll provide warm drinks.