(CANCELED) Hudson Valley: Shofuso 63rd Anniversary “Finding a Bit of Japan” Bus Tour

 The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania, photo by Junzo Yoshimura

Inspired by “A Bit of Japan is seen in the Eaves”, a handmade photo album that Junzo Yoshimura made during the time he lived and worked at the Raymond Farm in New Hope PA, (1939-1940). This exciting new program will take visitors on a trip to the Hudson Valley to find “a bit of Japan ” in its architecture and landscape. This trip brings guests to the James Rose Center and Russell Wright’s “Manitoga” estate. The tours are led by the curators and highlight the immaculate use of Japanese influence in each site’s architecture and landscape design.

This is a full day event with transportation and a Bento box lunch included with the price of admission ($250/$200 JASGP Members).

The James Rose Center, Ridgewood, NJ

Tour Guide: Dean Cardasis

After being employed at Tuttle, Seelye, Place and Raymond, James Rose turned his focus to working on private gardens that created an intimate relationship between human beings, nature, and architecture. His designs also created a fusion of indoor and outdoor space. Most of Rose’s later works were greatly influenced by the Japanese garden style, and he even adopted the religion of Zen Buddhism. The time Rose spent in Okinawa during World War II and his many subsequent visits to Japan, nurtured his fondness for Japanese gardens.

The Russel Wright Design Center, MANITOGA,  Garrison, NY

Tour Guide: TBD

Russel Wright was an American Modern designer from the 1930s through the 1950s. He was also postwar involved in Asia through the American foreign aid program promoting the idea of “Asian Modern”. Wright and his associates gave the Japanese government advice on the promotion of handmade craft, selection and modification of crafts for the US consumers. Wright also helped the official launch of the design policy and system for the Japanese handcrafts industries, as well as contributed to establish craft-based Japanese modern design. Please wear flat, outdoor-terrain walking shoes for uneven ground and dress appropriately for being outside in the weather. As a reminder, the experience includes a mandatory moderate hike through the Landscape to access the House, Studio & Design Gallery.

Tour Itinerary:

8:30 – 9:00am Registration at Shofuso

9:00 – 11:15pm Bus to the James Rose Center

11:15 -12:30pm Tour of the James Rose Center

12:30 – 1:20pm Bus to Manitoga

1:20 – 2:00pm Lunch at Manitoga

2:00-4:00pm Tour of Manitoga

4:00-7:00pm Bus and back to Shofuso

7:00pm Arrive at Shofuso, End of tour

  • Refund policy: 50% refund if cancellation is notified by email 2 weeks before the date of the tour (October 16). No show = no refund.
  • Covid Policy: Masks are required on the bus and in the indoor site locations. Proof of vaccination is required for all participants.
  • Bento lunch options: fish, chicken, and vegetarian. If you have any special dietary restrictions please notify us via our email info@japanphilly.org at least one week before event (10/23).


Dragon Rock House Dining Area. Photo by Tara Wing, Courtesy of The Russel Wright Design Center MANITOGA

James Rose house and garden, Photo Courtesy of James Rose Center

Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center

Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

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