(SOLD-OUT) New Hope: 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 New Hope Pennsylvania to find “a bit of Japan ” in its architecture and landscape. This trip brings guests to Nakashima Studios and the Raymond Farm. 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 ($200/$150 JASGP Members and Students)

Raymond Farm Center and Nakashima Woodworkers in New Hope

Tour Guide: William Whitaker

Shofuso’s architect, Junzo Yoshimura’s mentor, Noemi and Antonin Raymond settled at Raymond Farm in 1939, and modified a 18th century Quaker farmhouse with Japanese architectural elements. In 1943, the Raymonds vouched for George Nakashima and his family from the internment camp. A few years later, Nakashima established Nakashima Woodworkers in New Hope near Raymond Farm. George Nakashima designed and built this studio and residence with his knowledge and experience working at the Raymond’s architectural firm with Junzo Yoshimura in Japan. 

Tour Itinerary:

9:00am Registration at Shofuso

9:30am Departure from Shofuso by bus

10:30am Arrive Raymond Farm Center

10:45am Raymond Farm tour

12:30pm Lunch at Raymond Farm (bento boxes from Maido)

1:15pm Depart for Nakashima Studios

1:30pm Tour of Nakashima Studios

3:00pm Tour ends, return to Philadelphia

4:00pm Arrive at Shofuso

  • Refund policy: 50% refund if cancellation is notified by email 2 weeks before the date of the tour (September 24). 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 (10/1).


Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design (Photo by Elizabeth Felicella)

George Nakashima Woodworkers (Photo by Elizabeth Felicella)


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