Know Before You Go: Philadelphia Obon Festival

The sixth annual Philadelphia Obon Festival comes to Shofuso this Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm. At the forefront are Bon folk dances led by IchiFuji-kai dance students, taiko drumming by Kyo Daiko, tea ceremony demonstrations by Urasenke Philadelphia, traditional games, kimono dressing, and arts & crafts, all of which are

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Etiquette In Japan

To the Japanese, manners are extremely important. This week at Shofuso, we are topping off camp with learning about more delicious Japanese food. However, we can’t learn about food without learning about how to properly eat it at the table! When visiting Japan, or any other country that is not

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Haiku

Here are haiku performed by campers during Ghibli Week! They did such an excellent job capturing the simultaneous simplicity and complexity of haikus. A haiku is a Japanese poem made up of 17 syllables in three lines of five, seven, five. Traditionally haiku capture images of the natural world, however,

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Yokai

Here this week at Camp Shofuso we are focusing on yokai, which loosely translates into the words monster, spirit, demon or goblin. They are Japanese folklore creatures. The word Yokai is usually a catch-all word for a lot of different and unusual phenomena such as spirit possessions, bakemono (spirits who

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Ghibli Week Interviews

Come and meet our Ghibli Campers!! We would like to thank them for sparing some time for an interview. We’d also like to thank Isaiah for asking the interview questions so Destiny could focus more on recording.  

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Manga Camp Interviews 2

During the third week of camp, a few of our Manga Campers were kind enough to spare us some time. They gave us great answers on their feelings of Japan and how they felt about Camp Shofuso so far. Isaiah, one of our Manga Campers, were kind enough to help

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Manga Camp Interviews

During the second week of camp, a few of the Manga campers volunteered some of their time for an interview! Get to know a few of our campers and their experience at Shofuso!

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Kawaii Week Interviews

During Kawaii Week, we’ve gotten interviews from a few of the kawaii campers. We would like to thank them for giving us some time and providing us with some awesome answers!     Stay tuned for some more interviews from Camp Shofuso!

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Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli

This week at Camp Shofuso, we will be learning all about Studio Ghibli and doing many Ghibli Related activities! To get us more in the Ghibli spirit, we’ll learn a bit about Hayao Miyazaki, a renowned anime director, whose work has made waves everywhere it touched down on. He was

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Kawaii Week : Cute Culture in Japan

This week at Camp Shofuso we have been focusing on the cute culture in Japan! We made cute soaps, origami and treats all week long getting in the spirit of cuteness. Read further to learn about cuteness in Japan…     Japan is extremely big on the cute culture that they’ve

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