It was only about six months ago that people flocked to Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park for the city’s annual cherry blossom festival. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t seem to have gotten the invitation. There was only one tree that was in bloom and the line to take photos in front of it was lengthy. But it was its location, just outside the white washed walls that surround the Shofuso that seemed apropos.
A Japanese home surrounded by a Japanese style garden, Shofuso was built in 1953. It was a gift from the Japanese people to the American people. Today, you can visit the site and walk through the garden, feed the koi fish that live in the pond or take a self-guided tour of the home.