The celebration of Japanese holidays and festivals is at the core of JASGP’s programming. These festivals come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all bring a bit of Japan to Philadelphia
Our biggest annual program, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the return of spring. Each April, JASGP hosts a week of activities leading into a weekend of all things Japanese.
This early May program highlights the games and activities of childhood. Featuring kamishibai, crafts and koinobori (koi flags), this holiday is great for school groups!
Observed every August, Obon is a Buddhist festival welcoming home one’s ancestors. Centered on local dances, the Philadelphia edition includes taiko performances, tea demonstrations, yukata, and crafts!
Not a traditional holiday per se, but a Japanese take on the increasingly observed Halloween. Shofuso’s final regular weekend of the year (October) is a celebration of yokai, monsters and creatures from Japanese folklure. Come enjoy spooky decorations and ghost stories!
Another kid focused activity, Shichi-go-san is named for the recognized ages. Seven (shichi) and three (san) year old girls as well as five (go) year old boys are dressed in kimono for formal pictures.