Experience the breathtaking sight of maple trees ablaze in the colors of fall–one of the best times of the year to visit the Seattle Japanese Garden—at the annual Maple Viewing Festival on Sunday, Oct. 11.
From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., visitors are invited to enjoy live entertainment, create nature-inspired prints with artist April Richardson, and try Japanese calligraphy lessons with artist Midori Kono Theil. Kokon Taiko will put on an energetic drumming performance at noon. Fans of samurai swords will not want to miss the live Japanese sword demonstration by instructors of Seibu Ryu Battojustu scheduled at 1:30 p.m.
There will be free tours at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. where guides will provide the garden’s historical information and identify the different species of maple at the garden.
Children will have a chance to win a prize by participating in a maple tree scavenger hunt.
The Tateuchi Community Room will be open to visitors to see A Most Fortuitous Convergence, a stunning photography exhibit curated by Vashon Island based photographer Ray Pfortner. The exhibit showcases the juried works of students who participated in Pfortner’s fall photography workshop at the Japanese Garden in 2013.
The event is free with garden admission, no advance tickets necessary. Adults, $6; Youth 6 -17, students with ID, and seniors 65 and over, $4. Children 5 and under are free. Annual pass holders are welcome to use them to gain entry to this event.
Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E. For more information, visit the www.seattlejapanesegarden.org