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PECO World Culture Day at Penn Museum: Celebrate Japan!

November 9, 2010, Volume 57, No. 11


Shofuso Taiko, a community Taiko group associated with Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park, brings booming rhythm to Penn Museum's Celebrate Japan! Day on November 14, from 1 to 4 pm.

On Sunday, November 14, from 1- 4 p.m., the Penn Museum will celebrate Japanese culture while celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese delegation tour of the United States to establish diplomatic and trade relations between the two countries.

The family-friendly event features martial arts demonstrations, Taiko drumming and a display of the Museum’s samurai armor collection. The day also includes presentations on calligraphy and origami, a kimono display and dressing lecture, a talk about the history of the first Japanese delegation, Japanese games, kabuki face painting and an exhibit of traditional dolls significant in the Japanese festival “Girls’ Day.”

Other highlights include ongoing calligraphy demonstrations, kimonos for diverse occasions from the collections of Kazumi Teune, executive director of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, and a table where kids of all ages can try out traditional and contemporary Japanese toys and games, including a chance to learn the game Go from members of the Penn Go Society.

The Museum Shop and the Pyramid Shop for Children spotlight Japan with a colorful selection of Japanese arts, crafts, games and books. The Pepper Mill Café features several Japanese lunch entrees and kid-friendly foods.

Co-sponsored by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Center for East Asian Studies at Penn, and the Friends of the Japanese House and Gardens, the PECO World Culture Day event is free with Museum admission donation ($10 general admission; $7 senior citizens 65+; $6 students with ID and children 6 to 17; free for children under 6, members and PennCard holders).

Almanac - November 9, 2010, Volume 57, No. 11