Seattle Japanese Garden invites wandering and wondering

2014 Wandering and Wondering event in the Seattle Japanese Garden, photo by Brian Jones

From 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, visit the Seattle Japanese Garden for its Wandering and Wondering event. Wander through the garden and wonder at the sights and sounds emerging from the landscape. Experience the beauty and tranquility of the garden in a unique way.

2014 Wandering and Wondering event in the Seattle Japanese Garden, photo by Brian Jones

Visitors will encounter dancers and musicians dispersed in locations throughout the garden as the performers engage in a minute-by-minute response to all the scents, sounds, sights and sensations of the garden. This annual summer event is directed by Joan Laage, director of Kogut Butoh.

Normal admission fees apply (adults, $6; seniors, youth ages 6-17, and students with ID, $4; ages 5 and under, free). Annual passes are accepted for admission.

The garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E. For more information, please visit http://www.seattlejapanesegarden.org/.

An evening of elegance: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to Garden Party at the Japanese Garden

The Garden Party is the premier event of the season at the Seattle Japanese Garden, and tickets are on sale now. From 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24, the Japanese Garden will serve as a backdrop for an elegant Japanese dinner served with fine wine and sake. The event is one of the garden’s largest fundraisers. Proceeds support vital programs and community events at the garden.

Garden Party guests will have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Nodate outdoor tea ceremony and read artfully installed haiku as they stroll the garden. There will be a flute performance by White Swan label recording artist Gary Strousos, traditional koto music performed by pianist Chris Kenji Beer and a traditional Japanese dance by Fujima Fujimine Dance Ensemble.

Prentice Bloedel Japanese Garden Arboretum Unit 86 is the title sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include Japan Prestige Sake, Inc., Vinum Importing, JM Cellars, Tankokai, and Steve Alley & Jack Rafn.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at www.seattlejapanesegarden.org.

Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates Children’s Day May 31

A child visit Seattle Japanese Garden, photo by Aurora Santiago

Experience family-fun surrounded by the beautiful scenery at Seattle Japanese Garden on Sunday, May 31, when the garden hosts its annual Children’s Day event.

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. there will be live entertainment and a variety of hands-on activity stations to give visitors of all ages an opportunity to enjoy Japanese cultural traditions. The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. S.

The performances, many of which will be interactive, include Issunboshi – The Inch High Samurai: A Modern Telling of an Ancient Japanese Story, by local puppet theatre West Cascade Puppet Brigade; an energetic taiko drumming show by youth group Kaze Daiko; an Aikido demonstration by the instructors and kids of Seattle Aikikai; and a dynamic presentation with Japanese swords by Seibu Ryu Iai-Battojutsu.

Local group Haiku Northwest will assist kids and adults with crafting garden-inspired haiku poetry. Washington Park Arboretum Education and Outreach staff will lead nature-inspired crafts, while P.A.P.E.R. volunteers will host mini-lessons on origami, including how to make wearable samurai kabuto hats. In a nod to the Japanese Garden’s Zen roots, children will be invited to rake their own miniature sand-and-stone garden and try water-based sumi-e brush painting with Japanese Garden volunteers.

Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday that traditionally takes place on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1948.

Admission is free for all children age 12 and under. Ticket price for adults is $6; for youth 13 and over, seniors ages 65 and older, and students with ID, it is $4. Annual passes are accepted for event admission; with no additional charge.

For more information, including the exact time of the performances, visit www.seattlejapanesegarden.org.

 

Japanese Garden opens March 1 with ‘First Viewing’

Rod Mar/Seattle Times

Join us at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 1 as the Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the first time in 2015.

First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair of a Shinto blessing. The Shinto blessing is a formal ceremony that has been conducted in Japan since ancient times. The blessing will usher in auspicious ki –life energy– for a successful new year and will be conducted by Reverend Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Granite Falls, WA.

Trained guides will be available to give complimentary tours of the Seattle Japanese Garden, deepening the experience of strolling the garden by sharing insights on the garden’s history, design and spiritual principles. The 45-minute tours begin at the ticket booth starting at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

The Tateuchi Community Room will also have its doors open to the public. Visitors can enjoy a cup of tea while taking in a juried photography exhibit curated by artist and instructor Ray Pfortner, featuring the best of fall color images in the garden submitted by his students.

The event is free with garden admission: $6 for adults 18-64, $4 for youths 6–17, senior adults 65+, college students with ID and people with disabilities, and free for kids younger than 6. Annual passes may be used to gain entry to the event.

Seniors admitted FREE to Japanese Garden on Respect for Elders Day

The Seattle Japanese Garden will celebrate Respect for Elders Day on Monday, September 15, 2014. In honor of this Japanese holiday, seniors age 65 and older will receive free admission to the garden.

Complimentary guided tours will be available starting at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. on that day.

All visitors are welcome to experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the Tateuchi Community Room at the Garden Gatehouse. The room is wheelchair accessible and chairs will be provided. Ceremonies start at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. Tea ceremony tickets are $7 per person, and can be purchased in advanced by calling the ticket booth at 206-684-4725.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E. For driving directions and detailed information about the garden, please visit www.seattlejapanesegarden.org.

###