2012 MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS TO HONOR
Yuichi Ozawa has served as director and president of the Friends of Japanese House and Garden (FJHG), which has maintained, protected and restored Shofuso.
Shofuso is a traditional Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in Philadelphia. It was built in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials, and was exhibited in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1958 it was moved to Philadelphia to the site of several previous Japanese structures and a continuously maintained Japanese garden dating to the 1876 Centennial Exposition.
Mr. Ozawa has served as president of FJHG since 2004. He was a primary force behind Shofuso's restoration projects in both 2007 and 2010. The 2007 project was a complete restoration and that of 2010 was focused on maintenance for the hinoki-cypress roof. Under Mr. Ozawa's direction, FJHG installed 20 new fusuma murals, titled "Waterfall", created and donated by internationally renowned contemporary Japanese artist, Hiroshi Senju.
In addition, Mr. Ozawa wrote a booklet called "Shofuso Story" which summarizes and investigates the history of Shofuso and the history of Japan-U.S. cultural exchange programs by the Government of Japan after World War II. Under the leadership of Mr. Ozawa, FJHG has engaged in outreach activities related to Japan such as tea ceremony, Japanese classical dance. In addition, in 2012, FJHG received funding from the Heritage Philadelphia Program of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to partner with the City of Philadelphia and restore two of four remaining buildings from the 1876 International Centennial Exposition known as the Sakura Pavilion.
Furthermore, Mr. Ozawa holds positions on the Boards of Directors of the Japan-America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Japanese Association of Philadelphia and the Japanese School in Philadelphia, all of which promote Japanese culture in the greater Philadelphia area.