Events related to Japan!
1. Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
4/7 Sat. – 4/15 Sun. @ Fairmount Park
The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival will run April 7-15, 2018. Sakura Sunday will be the final event on Sunday, April 15. Over the course of a week, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates both traditional and contemporary Japan with a variety of events, including demonstrations of martial arts, ikebana flower arranging, as well as live musical and dance performances.
The main event, Sakura Sunday is held at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park and features two stages of performers, arts & crafts, Little Akiba, tours of Shofuso, and much much more. Other major events include our Silent Auction, Japanese Culture Week, and the Cherry Blossom 5K.
2. Taiko Drummers and Dancers Show by Tamagawa University Dance Group
4/10 Tue. 7:00-9:00 @Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium, Haverford College
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thundering Taiko drumming meets traditional Japanese dance as over thirty drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University take the stage! The group is visiting to perform at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, a program of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia to encourage a better understanding of the cultural, social, and educational customs of Japan and the United States.
3. Lecture: Helen Hardacre: “The Politics of the Japanese Emperor’s Abdication”
4/3 Tue. 4:30pm- @Stiteler Hall B26
This presentation addresses the debate on constitutional monarchy that has arisen as a consequence of the emperor of Japan announcing his wish to retire.
4. Shofuso Japan House and Garden Events
4/5 Thursday 6:00-7:30 pm Kyo Diako Beginner Taiko Class
Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums from Philadelphia’s community taiko drumming group! Kyo Daiko’s Beginner Taiko Classes are open to adults of all ages, musical backgrounds and experience. In fact, no experience is necessary. We will teach you everything from proper stance, how to hold the drum sticks, striking technique, and the history and traditions of taiko. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.
4/8 Sunday 1:00-4:30 pm A Taste of Kabuki Dance
Hungry to learn something new? Shofuso’s dance tasters are a great way to experience both classical and folk dance styles of Japan. Meet the instructors, get an introduction to the styles and learn more about our dance classes. Get an introductory classical Japanese dance lesson, open to anyone from 10 to 80. Meet our instructor, Fujima Nishiki-no, with assistant dancer Yoshiko Furuse (below), and see a demonstration of male and female-style dance. Then we’ll put on yukata, learn to walk, and how to open a fan. We’ll begin to learn a very simple dance that can be continued in the first lesson of the semester. No previous dance experience is necessary.
5. “A Teahouse for Philadelphia”
New exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Daily
The teahouse named Sunkaraku, which stands in the Japanese garden gallery (244)in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was built one hundred years ago in Tokyo as a private setting for the practice of the tea ceremony. The ritual drinking of tea in Japan has its roots in the Zen Buddhist temples, where it served as a stimulant for the monks to keep alert during long hours of meditation. Each tea gathering is a unique event. The Japanese phrase used to describe this is “ichigo ichie” (each meeting, only once.) The art and utensils the host chooses for a particular occasion are dictated by the guests, the season, and perhaps a special event such as New Year’s celebrations. This exhibiton features tea utensils from the collection, including the complete tea set sent with the Sunkaraku in 1928.
Place: Philadelphia Museum of Art Japanese Galleries (2nd Floor)