Philly's Japanese cultural center celebrates 60 years with month of events

John McDevitt
October 04, 2018 - 7:40 pm
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's Japanese cultural center is celebrating its 60th anniversary with special programming throughout the month at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park.

Shofuso was built in Japan in the 1950s and made its way to West Fairmount Park in 1958. The house and garden are operated by the Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia, where Associate Director Aaron Diliplane says there are a number of events planed to celebrate the milestone.

"Including our Yokai weekend, which is a family celebration of Japanese monsters and ghosts with a storytelling event," he said. "Additionally, we developed a partnership with a sister garden in Kobe, which is our sister city, and they will be sending a garden delegation. They will be doing some projects on site and hopefully incorporating some public interaction."

There is also a textural art installation, tea demonstrations, concerts, and more. 

To help Shofuso stay open for another 60 years or more, donations are being accepted at the door, and a larger effort is being done through the mail.

For more information on the month-long celebration, visit,