The spot for all of your traditional Japanese cultural activities on Sakura Sunday will be the Indoor Activities Area located inside the Horticulture Center building. Looking to learn a new skill or figure out how to play fun strategic Japanese games? You’ll need to swing by this area to immerse yourself into some of Japan’s favorite past times, showcased by knowledgeable, respected participants of each craft. So exactly what activities will you find here?
Calligraphy is the art of beautiful handwriting in which a steady hand is needed and doctor’s should not participate in. Come find the calligraphy tables to be taught how to write Japanese characters in traditional brush, ink and paper form by student’s of Japanese language who have already familiarized themselves with the intricate lines and flows of Kanji and Katakana. Learn to write a few inspiring words and even your own name in Japanese!
The folks from the International School of Shiatsu are holding a booth in which their students will provide Shiatsu mini-samplers. Feel the stress melt away as their students ease away the tension in your head, neck and shoulders. Ten minute sessions, on traditional Japanese futon, massage table or massage chairs. The process follows the lineage of Masunaga’s Zen Shiatsu, creating a balanced flow of Ki. That allows the body to start it’s own healing process. Very centering and calming.
Looking for the pristine and elegant art of flower arranging? If you find yourself inside the Horticulture Center, you’ve come to the right place. This craft takes many meticulous hours to get the right touch and a keen eye for arranging stunning and simplistic displays of flowers. Now you have the chance to watch a live demonstration by the professionals of Ikebana International’s Chapter 71!
Still not satisfied? Get your game on with Shogi. In this 2-player game, each player becomes their own general to strategically take out the opposing King, much like Chess! Come get your kicks with the Philadelphia Shogi Club and learn the complex, yet riveting game to promote your troops and checkmate their king in what is one of the most popular board games in Japan.
Shogi didn’t scratch your strategy-itch enough? Try out what is considered one of the most strategic games ever invented, the simply-named, Go. With more possibilities than the total number of atoms in the visible universe, Go is significantly more complex than chess and pits two players against each other in a fight to capture the most ground on a 19×19 grid board. So pick your stones (white or black) and try your hand at this deceptively simple game with the folks from the Penn Go Society.
What Else Could There Be?!
We all need a little more traditional Japanese culture in our lives, that’s why we’re hosting a traditional Japanese Kimono dressing to get you walking like your back in Edo-period Japan. You can also practice your creative paper-folding skills thanks to Taro’s Origami Workshop. You can also get up-to-date on what’s being planned for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Also featured in our Indoor Activities lineup are representatives from IACE Travel, LTD., here to give you information on travel to, from, and within Japan and more!
How do I get to Indoor Activities?
Coming from Main Stage? Walk a straight line along the rows of cherry blossoms as it will be directly across from it. But I just got done touring the Shofuso House, where do I go?. Follow the path up to the Sundial and make a right. The Indoor Activities are to be held inside the Horticulture Center which is the big building situated between the Food Court and Little Akiba. Looking for more to do? Check out the full Sakura Sunday schedule