Fairmount Park’s Japanese gem opens its doors for 2019: ‘There’s nothing like it’

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This is opening weekend for Philadelphia’s seasonal Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.

James Webster, the interim site manager, says this home and garden is an example of a wealthy Japanese residence from the 17th Century

“It was a gift from the Japanese government, in the 1950’s, built by a very famous modernist architect by the name of Junzo Yoshimora,” Webster explained. “There’s nothing like it that exists outside of Japan, so we are so lucky to have it not only here in America, but right here in Philadelphia in West Fairmount Park.”

Vistoria Sanchez took time Saturday to visit the home on its opening weekend.

“The garden by itself is so serene, and calming, and beautiful,” she said. “I can’t imagine just opening up those doors and having this as your backyard essentially.”

Webster says for years this site has been described as Philadelphia’s hidden gem, but over the past couple of years they seem to have gained popularity.

“We now serve over 35,000 visitors every year during our open seasons,” he said.

The Japanese House and Garden will have its doors open through October.

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