Just in time for cherry blossom season, the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden (FJHG) are ready to celebrate the opening and restoration of Sakura Pavilion at Shofuso, the beautiful traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park.
Originally built for the 1876 Centennial Exposition, the first world’s fair, Sakura Pavilion’s two buildings with the addition of a renovated flagstone patio will serve as year round multi-use space giving FJHG a permanent home.
The commemoration of the grand opening will begin with an official breaking of a sake cask with the public and Mayor Nutter on March 31 at 11:30 a.m. in Sakura Pavilion.
Admission to enjoy the pavilion is free for all who attend over opening weekend, and other activities will include a new kamishibai storytelling, origami crafts, Shofuso Views photography exhibition and taiko drumming from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Visit the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden’s site to stay up to date on an array of events they’ll host throughout April and May like the annual cherry blossom tea.
Insider tip: it’s also a perfect picnic spot, especially with the newly gorgeous weather. As you make your way through the property, pause on the teahouse porch to savor a tranquil moment and catch the reflection of this special place in the quiet pond.
Sakura Pavilion Grand Opening
Where: Fairmount Park, Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives
When: Saturday and Sunday, March 31-April 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
More info: www.shofuso.com