Giving to Shofuso
As our cut leaf maple transforms into fluttering amber, our 2015 visitation hours have ended. Now, it is a time to reflect on spring and summer accomplishments, to move ahead with a busy autumn and winter, and to begin planning for 2016.
2015 has been a year of exciting growth at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. With your help, we have:
- Welcomed almost 30,000 visitors, a 30% increase over 2014, from over 20 countries.
- Conducted an archaeological dig of the 1876 Centennial Exposition Japanese bazaar and garden, next to Shofuso’s current location and discovered illuminating artifacts.
- Increased our staff to offer better visitor service and site preservation.
- Continued the development of a master plan, with a goal to build an education center on Avenue of the Republic by 2018, Shofuso’s 60th Anniversary in Philadelphia.
More than ever, your support is a vote of confidence in our organization.
And of course, your contribution helps us fulfill our mission to preserve, maintain and interpret Shofuso and to promote intercultural understanding through unique educational programs.
On behalf of the staff and board of Shofuso, I thank you for your continued support and participation.
Kim Andrews, Executive Director
The Holiday Season at Shofuso
Returning this year!
We’re happy to announce our second annual Holiday House hours! Shofuso will be decorated with traditional winter symbols including kadomatsu, straw and paper ornaments, and a kagami mochi 鏡餅 (mirror rice cake), for Japanese New Year 正月 (oshōgatsu). Borrow our warm slippers and tour the traditional-style Japanese house while sipping warm green tea, or visit the nationally-ranked garden, weather permitting, and experience a Japanese New Year at Shofuso.
For additional Japanese holiday fun, bring your family to Family See and Make Afternoons: Celebrate Oshogatsu! on Sunday, December 6th from 12:30pm to 12:30pm at our Sakura Pavilion. In addition to learning about Oshogatsu, visitors can make New Year’s postcards (nengajo), traditional gift envelopes (otoshidama-bukuro), and fukuwarai – a fun, traditional game similar to pin the tail on the donkey. Register in advance to ensure your family’s place at this cultural workshop.