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Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia

aka Shofuso Japanese House and Garden   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  www.japanphilly.org

Mission

JASGP inspires mutual curiosity, understanding, and collaboration between Japan and the Philadelphia region.

Ruling year info

1983

Interim Executive Director

Ms. Kazumi Teune

Main address

5070 Parkside Ave., Suite 1400

Philadelphia, PA 19131 USA

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EIN

23-2223316

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

History Museums (A54)

Art Museums (A51)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

This strategic plan focuses on sustainability and connectedness. We want to regain financial security after the difficult pandemic year and institutionalize the regional, national, and international partnerships we’ve created.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

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History

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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to present day. Shofuso hosts over 30,000 visitors each year from more than 20 different countries

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

For centuries, Japan has celebrated the return of spring with ohanami​ – parties beneath the blossoming cherry trees with food, drink, and entertainment. Now you can experience this delightful tradition without days of arduous travel. A project of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration not only of these beautiful blossoms, but of Japanese music, art, food, and culture.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The US-Japan Business and Public Policy Series addresses the major economic, trade, and international issues facing the nations of the Pacific rim with a focus on the US-Japan relationship.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of competition entrants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Nihongo Philacon, an annual Japanese Langauge competition for area high school students, did not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the pandemic, all programs were moved to a virtual format and we saw reduced participation. As 2021 begins, we see an increase in participation.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We saw increased admission during the same period we were open in 2020 compared to 2019. In spite of impacts from the pandemic, we anticipate increased admission to Shofuso.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal I: Apply our organizational values to achieve Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in all areas of our work.

Goal II: Provide exceptional Japanese art, business, and cultural programs for our many audiences.

Goal III: Strengthen our position as the recognized leader in developing collaborations between Japan and the Philadelphia region.

Goal IV: Maintain and develop JASGP infrastructure to ensure the preservation and documentation of historic buildings and landscape, meet administrative and programming space needs, and consider future growth.

Goal V: Achieve financial security by diversifying and growing earned and contributed income.

Goal VI: Model state-of-the-art professional practices in all organizational departments.

After many years of growth and dramatic change, including the 2016 merger, JASGP is emerging from a quasi-startup phase to stabilize our operations and formalize best practices in everything we do for the next three years. We also have centered diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion as our first goal to be incorporated into all areas of our practice after enduring a year of Covid pandemic and experiencing the repercussions of an ongoing equity pandemic. Our mission to connect Japan and Philadelphia in art, business, and culture with Shofuso as our anchor is the center of everything we do.

JASGP has a strong board of engaged art, business, and cultural leaders who are committed to our mission and our strategic plan and understand the importance of both their advocacy and financial support. Our diverse and highly professional staff implement our strategic goals with excellent programming and incisive program evaluation. We are a learning organization and staff engage in regular professional development activities to ensure that we are applying best practices in every department.

In 2020, we still welcomed almost 20,000 visitors to Shofuso after our delayed opening inJune, an increase of 12% over the same time period last year. We also converted our programming to virtual, hosting 35 attendees at virtual tours of Shofuso, 9 virtual lectures and panels with almost 350 attendees, and making our seasonal festivals into virtual programming with some onsite components with over 400 online participants. Our staff produced high quality virtual programming in a sudden pivot that equalled the excellent programming for which we are known.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia

Board of directors
as of 09/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Mirai Yasuama

Miller Parker

Philadelphia Business and Technology Center

Pat Dailey

Rohto-Mentholatum Research Laboratories

Jorge Leon

Aozora Bank, Ltd.

Dennis Morikawa

Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP

Frank Chance

University of Pennsylvania

John Clayton, JR

Independence Blue Cross

Vincent Drozd

KPMG LLP

Ren Egawa

Rexcel Group LLC

Tomo Asaka

Philadelphia Insurance Company/Tokio Marine Insurance

Leo A. Holt

Holt Logistics

Bill Lillis

AGC Chemicals Americas Inc.

Josh Onishi

JO Capital LLC

Lou Padulo

University City Science Center

Nan Sato

Field-R Law Offices

Tsuyoshi Egashira

Subaru of America

Joseph Zuritsky

Parkway Corporation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/16/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data