Last spring Shofuso unveiled its Sakura Pavilion – a cozy area near the Horticulture Center that includes two restored structures from the Centennial celebration. With all the history already infused in this cozy corner, we felt that it’s the perfect place to display some of the more traditional elements of Sakura Sunday.
Born out of the traditions of Kyoto, the Urasenke tea ceremony has become one of the most popular schools in the world. Sometimes referred to as chanoyu – water for tea – tea ceremony focuses on the preparation of the tea, from the boiling of the water to the preparation of the leaves and the accompanying sweets. Guests will be able to witness – sorry looking only, not enough to go around – the complexities of this art form as it is demonstrated by Chado Urasenke Tankokai Philadelphia Association.
The art of flower arrangement, known as ikebana, has its roots in Shinto nature worship. While it has lost its religious significance, it has maintained its adherence to form and style with a number of schools holding different values. The local chapter of Ikebana International is home to practioners of Ikenobo, Ohara, Sogetsu, Ichiyo, and Koryu schools, several of which will be demonstrated at the Sakura Pavilion.
A traditional form of music and dance Buyo features the music of the shamisen – a three-stringed guitar-like instrument. This style is often referred to as gagaku and has its origins in the imperial court music of the Heian era (794 – 1192 AD). We have two performing groups that will give you a glimpse into this exhilarating tradition.
Toyo is a duo comprised of local artist Yukiko Washio and her sensei Masako Gibeault. The group maintains a focus on the traditional aspects of the art form.
Ichifujikai is led by Helen Moss a long-time practitioner of the Soke Fujima school and one of only a few non-Japanese licensed to teach this elegant movement. A classically-trained violinist/violist, Ms. Moss has a unique approach to teaching Japanese dance musically to those who do not understand Japanese, enabling them to better interpret the dance. Her performance will incorporate audience participation!
We hope you’ll join us to take in the finer aspects of Japanese culture at this traditional corner as well as the many other activities scheduled for Sakura Sunday. The timeline for the Sakura Pavilion and the rest of the Festivities will be coming soon. Stay tuned for details.