Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia

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Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia
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Founded1994
TypePrivate Non-Profit
Location
Area served
Greater Philadelphia
Websitewww.japanphilly.org

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) is a private nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that promotes arts, business, and cultural exchange between the United States and Japan in the Greater Philadelphia region. The organization operates Shofuso, produces the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, and offers public educational and business programs.

History[edit]

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia was incorporated in 1994[1] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a member of NAJAS, a national non-profit U.S. network dedicated to public education about Japan. JASGP is the second largest Japan American Society, after the Japan Society in Manhattan.[2]

In 1998, JASGP began a citywide beautification program planting ornamental cherry blossom trees in Fairmount Park and along the banks of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River.[3] This program became the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia in 2003 following a title sponsorship from Subaru of America.[4]

In 2016, JASGP merged with Friends of the Japanese House and Garden, a private nonprofit which operated Shofuso Japanese House and Garden[5] beginning in 1982. Built in 1953 in Kyoto, Japan for an exhibition at New York City's MoMA, Shofuso relocated to Fairmount Park and was constructed on the site of a Japanese garden built during the 1876 Centennial Exposition.[6][7]

JASGP commemorated Shofuso's 60th anniversary season in Fairmount Park in 2018. Events included an annual general meeting at Philadelphia City Hall[8] and a series of special programs on site at Shofuso[9].

Notable Programs[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Details about". apps.irs.gov.
  2. ^ Baker, Brandon. "Shofuso House and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia to merge". Philly Voice. Philly Voice. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  3. ^ Amorosi, A.D. "So how'd we get those cherry blossoms?". The Inquirer. The Inquirer. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Subaru U.S. Media Center". Subaru of America. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  5. ^ Baker, Brandon. "Shofuso House and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia to merge". Philly Voice. Philly Voice. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Shofuso Japanese House and Garden". The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  7. ^ Visit Philly. "Shofuso Japanese House and Garden". Visit Philly. Visit Philly. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  8. ^ Kramer, Andrew. "Bridging The Gap Between Philadelphia And Japan". CBS Philly. CBS Philly. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  9. ^ Dickinson, Grace. "Celebrate Shofuso's 60th anniversary and Japanese culture across the Philadelphia area". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia Media Network (Newspapers), LLC. Retrieved 8 May 2019.


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Coordinates: 39°56′57″N 75°09′52″W / 39.94911°N 75.16453°W / 39.94911; -75.16453