Taking care of an historic site doesn’t come without its challenges. Maintaining the signature tranquil beauty of this living museum requires extensive attention, expertise, money, and time. Without you, preserving and maintaining Shofuso would not be possible.
Tea ceremonies at Shofuso are led by practitioners from the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Philadelphia Association, headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Public demonstrations are narrated to provide context to guests. Participants are served a bowl of matcha and a Japanese traditional seasonal sweet.
Obon is a festival that combines spiritualism with communal fun. It is a three day festival based on the Buddhist belief that ancestors’ spirits visit the world of the living. During the day, people attend carnival-like events, and there is traditionally a community-specific Bon dance.
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Shofuso is a historic Japanese house and garden that has been part of Philadelphia for 60 years. It is nationally ranked by the Journal of Japanese Gardening, is listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, and is part of the Fairmount Park National Historic District.
Guided tours of the house are available at no additional cost but are dependent on docent availability. Groups of 8 or more require a reservation.
Address: Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131
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