Tea House Thru The Maple
Tom Gari Gallery-Three-Photography
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Shofuso, meaning Pine Breeze Villa, is a 7th century-style Japanese house and garden located in Philadelphia's West Fairmount Park on the site of the Centennial Exposition of 1876. Built in 1954 as a gift from Japan to American citizens, to symbolize post-war peace and friendship between the two countries. The building was constructed using traditional Japanese techniques and materials imported from Japan, and was originally exhibited in the courtyard of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. After two years, it was relocated to Philadelphia and reconstructed in 1958. In 1976, a major restoration was conducted by a cadre of Japanese artisans in preparation for American bicentennial celebration. In 2007, the internationally acclaimed artist Hiroshi Senju donated twenty murals of waterfalls creating elegant combination of contemporary Japanese painting in the traditional architecture with sixty years of patina. Shofuso has been maintained and operated by the non-profit organization,the Friends of the Japanese House & Garden since 1982. Shofuso was modeled after the guest house of Kojo-in, a sub-temple of Onjo-ji temple in Otsu City, built in 1601. The guest house at Kojo-in had all the four major components of �shoin-zukuri� architecture�an attached desk, staggered shelf, toko-no-ma alcove, and chodai-gamae which is a built-in ornamental doorway. It was built following set of standards that determined the proportions of each element of the building. Following these guidelines, carpenters and builders could achieve an overall architectural harmony. The tea house was modeled after the famous tea house."Masu-doko-no-seki" in Juko-in, subtemple of Daitoku-ji temple in Kyoto.
April 30th, 2013
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