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? If so, swing by the Horticulture Center to immerse yourself in some of Japan’s favorite past times, showcased by knowledgeable, respected masters 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. Learn to write a few words and even your own name in Japanese!
The folks from the International School of Shiatsu are holding a booth for Shiatsu samples. Feel the stress melt away as their students ease the tension in your head, neck, and shoulders. The process follows the lineage of Masunaga’s Zen Shiatsu, creating a balanced flow of Ki, allowing the body to start its own healing process. The sessions last ten minutes, during which you will relax on a traditional Japanese futon, massage table, or massage chairs. Each session will cost a dollar per minute, and all funds will go towards the preservation of Shofuso.
Looking to learn about 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 and a keen eye to get the right touch. 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 steps forward as general to take out the opposing King through strategy and discernment, much like Chess! Come get your kicks with the Philadelphia Shogi Club and learn this complex, yet riveting game.
You can also try out another strategy game – 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, which is why we’re hosting a traditional Japanese Kimono dressing to get you walking like you’re back in Edo-period Japan. You can also practice your creative paper-folding skills thanks to Taro’s Origami Workshop. There will also be up-to-date information available from 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.
How do I get to Indoor Activities?
Coming from the Main Stage? Walk straight along the rows of cherry blossoms and you will see the Horticulture Center directly across from the stage. If you’re coming from Shofuso, follow the path up to the Sundial and make a right. The Indoor Activities will be held at the Horticulture Center – the big building between the Food Court and Little Akiba. For information on other activities, check out the full Sakura Sunday schedule.