Shofuso Japanese Garden

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Last year, I had the pleasure of capturing the first glimpses of spring at the Shofuso Japanese Garden, with the magic widespread from the cherry blossoms blooming. The Shofuso Japanese Garden elegantly resides at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. It was originally built in Nagoya, Japan as part of an exhibition for the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. The structure was first named “The House in the Museum Garden,” and would later find its new home in Philadelphia.

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The outdoor and indoor elements avoid being individually praised but act as a collaborative team, conveying wonder and awe at every corner. Japanese gardens may have a criteria of guiding principles but its in the designers hands to have an intuition for beauty and grace. With every stone, vegetation, and sculpture used there is a purpose in its placement but also a response to the nature of the site. The guiding principles include: proportion, horizontal, vertical, and diagonal planes, and the s-curve and z-zigazag.

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Even the wooden deck had this fascinating detail!

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Allah does not close a door to his slave, out of wisdom, except that He opens two others to him.
— ibn al-qayyim
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The Shofuso Japanese Garden is open from April to October.