Courtesy Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
PHILADELPHIA — The new Sakura Pavilion at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, housed in two restored brick buildings from the 1876 Centennial Exposition, will allow the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden, which administers the site, to have a year-round presence.
“With the addition of the new Sakura Pavilion to the Japanese House and Garden, our attraction will have more flexibility to accommodate visitors across the seasons,” said Kim Andrews, the executive director of the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden with Sakura Pavilion.
Grand opening ceremonies for the new pavilion will be held March 31–April 1.
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden with Sakura Pavilion is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally ranked garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia.
The Sakura Pavilion’s buildings are two of only four Centennial buildings surviving in their original locations.
There will be a small Japanese garden of existing Japanese maple trees at the site in addition to a flagstone patio between the buildings for programming and events.