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First Thursdays Members Night 4:00 pm
First Thursdays Members Night @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Oct 5 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
First Thursdays Members Night @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
JASGP members enjoy members only evenings at Shofuso on the first Thursday of every month, April through October, rain or shine. Join us for a light reception and take in the beautiful garden and decorations. Not a JASGP member yet? Join at japanphilly.org today!
Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons 6:00 pm
Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons @ Defensive Arts Center
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons @ Defensive Arts Center | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Dates and Times have changed for beginner lessons in 2017!  Beginner classes now meet on Thursdays at 6:00pm! Who wants to play LOUD drums?! Taiko drums have been used in Japan for thousands of years for a variety of reasons. However, a relatively new form of taiko drumming is fast becoming a popular passion for drumming enthusiasts all over the world. Called kumi daiko, this form of drumming brings people together to play different taiko drums as an ensemble, with flashy, synchronized choreography. Learn how to play taiko drums with Continue reading →
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Conversation Club 6:30 pm
Conversation Club @ Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Oct 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Conversation Club @ Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Conversation Club is JASGP’s informal, bi-monthly language exchange meeting, free to all! Whether you are looking to improve your Japanese or your English, or just talk about Japan-related topics, everyone is welcome! Coffee/tea and snacks are provided. Conversation Club is open to speakers of all levels. No RSVP is necessary.
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Hinoki Bark Roof Restoration 10:00 am
Hinoki Bark Roof Restoration @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – Oct 22 @ 5:00 pm
Hinoki Bark Roof Restoration @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Get a first-hand look at Japanese architecture as we restore Shofuso’s roof. Our roof is made of hinoki, a Japanese cypress, and is the only one of its kind in the United States. The care and upkeep of a hinoki bark roof demands precision and knowledge of traditional roofing techniques. Only 100 people know how to work with the materials, and all are based in Japan. This October, Tanigami Roofing Co. LLC, a Japanese roof restoration company, will come to Shofuso and restore part of the roof, preserving it for Continue reading →
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Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons 6:00 pm
Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons @ Defensive Arts Center
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons @ Defensive Arts Center | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Dates and Times have changed for beginner lessons in 2017!  Beginner classes now meet on Thursdays at 6:00pm! Who wants to play LOUD drums?! Taiko drums have been used in Japan for thousands of years for a variety of reasons. However, a relatively new form of taiko drumming is fast becoming a popular passion for drumming enthusiasts all over the world. Called kumi daiko, this form of drumming brings people together to play different taiko drums as an ensemble, with flashy, synchronized choreography. Learn how to play taiko drums with Continue reading →
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Bonsai Workshop 12:30 pm
Bonsai Workshop @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Oct 14 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Bonsai Workshop @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Spend a Saturday afternoon with us learning the ins and outs of bonsai while crafting your own to take home! This program includes a presentation on bonsai and 2+ hour hands-on workshop. Trees, pots, soil and other supplies are included with registration.
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Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons 6:00 pm
Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons @ Defensive Arts Center
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons @ Defensive Arts Center | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Dates and Times have changed for beginner lessons in 2017!  Beginner classes now meet on Thursdays at 6:00pm! Who wants to play LOUD drums?! Taiko drums have been used in Japan for thousands of years for a variety of reasons. However, a relatively new form of taiko drumming is fast becoming a popular passion for drumming enthusiasts all over the world. Called kumi daiko, this form of drumming brings people together to play different taiko drums as an ensemble, with flashy, synchronized choreography. Learn how to play taiko drums with Continue reading →
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Japanese Tea Ceremony: Urasenke Tea School 1:00 pm
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Urasenke Tea School @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Urasenke Tea School @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by Shofuso’s own tea school. Members of Urasenke Philadelphia will demonstrate a tea ceremony, and then provide guests with a bowl of matcha (green tea) and a seasonal sweet. Be prepared to sit on the floor for the duration of the program. Limited chairs are available. Admission is $30 for general audiences and $25 for members of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. Members must sign in to receive a $5 discount during checkout.
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Urasenke Tea School 2:30 pm
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Urasenke Tea School @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Oct 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Urasenke Tea School @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by Shofuso’s own tea school. Members of Urasenke Philadelphia will demonstrate a tea ceremony, and then provide guests with a bowl of matcha (green tea) and a seasonal sweet. Be prepared to sit on the floor for the duration of the program. Limited chairs are available. Admission is $30 for general audiences and $25 for members of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. Members must sign in to receive a $5 discount during checkout.
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Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons 6:00 pm
Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons @ Defensive Arts Center
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kyodaiko Beginner Taiko Lessons @ Defensive Arts Center | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Dates and Times have changed for beginner lessons in 2017!  Beginner classes now meet on Thursdays at 6:00pm! Who wants to play LOUD drums?! Taiko drums have been used in Japan for thousands of years for a variety of reasons. However, a relatively new form of taiko drumming is fast becoming a popular passion for drumming enthusiasts all over the world. Called kumi daiko, this form of drumming brings people together to play different taiko drums as an ensemble, with flashy, synchronized choreography. Learn how to play taiko drums with Continue reading →
Conversation Club 6:30 pm
Conversation Club @ Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Conversation Club @ Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Conversation Club is JASGP’s informal, bi-monthly language exchange meeting, free to all! Whether you are looking to improve your Japanese or your English, or just talk about Japan-related topics, everyone is welcome! Coffee/tea and snacks are provided. Conversation Club is open to speakers of all levels. No RSVP is necessary.
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Evening Yokai Lecture 6:00 pm
Evening Yokai Lecture @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Evening Yokai Lecture @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Learn about Japanese folk monsters—called yokai—with local art historian and professor Dr. Frank Chance. The lecture includes an intro to Japanese folklore, yokai, and their origins, as well as tellings of a few short yokai tales. Encyclopedias of yokai lore by Japan-based Philadelphia artist Matthew Meyer will be available for purchase before and after the event. Meyer has written two illustrated encyclopedias (available here) about Japanese ghosts and monsters. He also currently runs a Patreon project and maintains yokai.com to share yokai with the world.   Refreshments will be provided. Dress warmly Continue reading →
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Yokai Family Weekend
Yokai Family Weekend @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Oct 28 all-day
Yokai Family Weekend @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Yokai are the various monsters, ghosts and spirits of Japan. During this weekend, families can participate in a scavenger hunt and collect spooky trading cards of tsukumogami—household objects come to life. Hear kamishibai tales of oni, kappa and tengu. Make an oni mask or design your own yokai puppet to use in a daily spirit parade around the house. Visit the sakura pavilion to play ghostly games and watch yokai-themed anime and movies. All activities are free after regular admission. Scheduled Events: • Tsukumogami Scavenger Hunt: Follow the clues and find Continue reading →
Ghost Stories at Shofuso 6:00 pm
Ghost Stories at Shofuso @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ghost Stories at Shofuso @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Bring a date and experience a revival of the traditional hyakumonogatari ghost story telling parties of the Edo period. Local folklorists will thrill guests with traditional Japanese ghost stories told by candlelight and aided by the traditional atmosphere of Shofuso. Refreshments will be provided. Dress warmly — the event starts at sundown and it can get quite chilly.
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Yokai Family Weekend
Yokai Family Weekend @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Oct 29 all-day
Yokai Family Weekend @ Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Yokai are the various monsters, ghosts and spirits of Japan. During this weekend, families can participate in a scavenger hunt and collect spooky trading cards of tsukumogami—household objects come to life. Hear kamishibai tales of oni, kappa and tengu. Make an oni mask or design your own yokai puppet to use in a daily spirit parade around the house. Visit the sakura pavilion to play ghostly games and watch yokai-themed anime and movies. All activities are free after regular admission. Scheduled Events: • Tsukumogami Scavenger Hunt: Follow the clues and find Continue reading →
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