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- To preserve, maintain, present and interpret Shofuso, a traditional Japanese house and garden
- To promote intercultural understanding through public programs about Japanese arts and culture
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a traditional-style Japanese house and garden in Philadelphia's West Fairmount Park. Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953 using ancient techniques and materials and exhibited in the courtyard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, then moved to Philadelphia in 1958. A viewing garden with koi pond and island, a tea garden (ryoji) and a courtyard garden comprise the nationally-ranked 17 th century-style Japanese walled and fenced garden of this historic site and museum. Shofuso is open to the public for visitation weekends in April and October, and Wednesday through Sunday from May through September.The Friends of the Japanese House and Garden (FJHG), a private nonprofit organization, has administered, operated, funded, and preserved the city-owned site since 1982. FJHG is responsible for a number of accomplishments at Shofuso. In 1999, FJHG raised 1.2 million dollar to replace the hinoki-cypress roof of Shofuso. In 2007, FJHG installed new fusuma murals, titled Waterfall, created by contemporary Japanese artist, Hiroshi Senju. Waterfall is inspired by the waterfall in the koi pond at Shofuso.
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