Shufuso is a traditional 17th century Japanese house and garden. This villa was featured at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York City in 1956. 2 years later it was reconstructed in West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. It was built in 1953 as a gift from Japan to America, a post war friendship between the two countries. It uses traditional Japanese materials and techniques.
Shufuso fell into disrepair over the years. It was restored in 1976 for the Bicentennial Celebration.
Internationally known Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju offered to donated 20 murals featuring his favorite motifs, waterfalls in Shufuso colors. The original “tokonoma” alcove and “fusuma” sliding doors of Shofuso were destroyed by vandalism.
For $2 you can feed the koi fish and turtles. The bigger turtle came out to beg for food. The little turtle would climb on top of the big one while in the water.
The garden was really nice but also really small. The size of it was a bit of a disappointment but it’s still nice to check out. The traditional style villa was nice to see.
We planned on walking to the Benjamin Franklin Institute but realized our cab ride to the garden was kind of long. We ended up taking PHLASH bus back. Philly makes it easy to get around. Along the way we found a tree house built in the park near the Japanese garden. It was nice but I ran out of it as soon as possible because there were quite a few wasps in it.