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The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden (Photo Gallery)

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:34am -- Peter Fitzpatrick
The Shofuso Japanese Garden is a traditional-style Japanese house built in 1953 and move to Philadelphia in 1958. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Shofuso was again named the third-ranked Japanese garden in North America by the Journal of Japanese Gardening in 2016 and was listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 2013. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Many of the attributes of the koi fish symbolize lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/ AL DIA News
The kitchen in the Shofuso House is constructed in a farmhouse style that was commonly used in most residences. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
In ancient times, it was the custom for the people in each region to brew and drink sake with Shinto deities after offering it to those deities at festivals and events. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
The first room within the tea house is called the Mizuya or "Water Room" where the host would clean utensils before and after use as well as preparing sweets to be served with the tea. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
The koto is the national instrument of Japan. Traditionally this is one of four instruments played by a Geisha. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
The Bath House is traditionally separated into four small rooms. in Buddhism and Shintoism purity is a very important aspect of living. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
The Japanese Government gave 1,600 flowering trees including cherry trees to Philadelphia in 1926 in honor of the 150th anniversary of American Independence. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Cherry blossoms have deep significance in Japanese culture. The ephemeral blossoms only last for about two weeks before falling to the ground. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News