Maple Viewing Festival at Seattle Japanese Garden Oct. 11

Maple Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden 2014

Maple Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden 2014

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. [Read more…]

Seniors admitted free to Seattle Japanese Garden on Respect for Elders Day

Seattle Japanese Garden

Seattle Japanese Garden will offer free admission to seniors on Sept. 14, 2015.

The Seattle Japanese Garden will celebrate Respect for Elders Day on Monday, Sept.14, 2015. In honor of this Japanese holiday, seniors age 65 and older will receive free admission to the garden from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Complimentary guided tours will be available starting at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. on that day. All visitors are welcome to stop by the Tateuchi Community Room to enjoy complimentary iced tea, as well as an art exhibit of beautiful line drawings depicting scenes from the Japanese Garden by artist Vincent Samudovsky.

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.

Explore the Japanese Garden after hours by the light of the moon

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden, RayPfortner.com

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden, RayPfortner.com

Enjoy the Seattle Japanese Garden after hours for the annual Moon Viewing Festival from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29. For one enchanting evening each year, the Japanese Garden is magically lit up with lanterns, luminaries and floating boats on the pond welcoming the arrival of the full moon in Japanese tradition.

During o-tsukimi –the Japanese word for moon viewing–the beauty of the garden is enhanced by the sweet sounds of live instrumental music afloat in the night air, inspiring both romance and poetry.

Performers include Marcia Takamura and Chigusa Kitai on koto, James Jennings on shakuhachi, Gretchen Yanover on cello, and White Swans Records artist Gary Stroutsos on bamboo flute.

The festival features a popular haiku writing contest sponsored by Haiku Northwest. Winning poems, which are awarded prizes, will be read aloud to the audience at the end of the evening. [Read more…]

Make a wish; Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates Tanabata on July 11

Mother and son exploring the Seattle Japanese Garden

Mother and son explore the Seattle Japanese Garden. Photo by Amanda Sarnoski

The Seattle Japanese Garden invites the community to celebrate Tanabata from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. The annual Japanese festival is celebrated with magnificent colors, craft making and a tradition of writing wishes. The garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E.

Tanabata, (Evening of the Seventh) is based on the legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi, star crossed lovers separated by the Milky Way. According to legend, each year on the evening of July 7, Orihime and Hikoboshi are allowed to reunite for one night. In Japan, Tanabata is celebrated by decorating bamboo branches with origami ornaments and tanzaku, poems or wishes written on small strips of paper. [Read more…]

Maple Viewing Festival at Seattle Japanese Garden on Oct. 12

 

Maple Viewing Festival

Take in the breathtaking sight of maple trees ablaze in fall color at the Seattle Japanese Garden on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, when the garden hosts its annual Maple Viewing Festival.Maple Viewing Festival

Visitors are invited to enjoy live music, hands-on nature activity stations sponsored by the University of Washington Botanic Garden and Japanese calligraphy demonstrations from Meito-kai from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will also be complimentary tours at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. where guides will provide historical information and identify the different species of maple at the garden.

The event is free with garden admission: adults $6; youth age 6–17, seniors age 65 and older and students with ID $4. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. S. For more information, visit www.seattlejapanesegarden.org.

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.

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Seattle Japanese Garden presents Moon Viewing Sept. 6

From 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, the Seattle Japanese Garden will light up lanterns, luminaries and floating boats to welcome the full moon in keeping with Japanese tradition.9043702783_6a0fb16c58_n

The community is invited to this enchanted event that will take place after-hours in the garden. Traditional Japanese dances will be performed by the Fujima Fujimine Dance Ensemble and music will be played on shakuhachi and koto by James Jennings, Marcia Takamura and Chigusa Kitai.

Evocative movement art will be performed by Kogut Butoh, and Haiku Northwest will host a poetry writing contest.

Visitors can get a special look at the moon through telescopes provided by the Seattle Astronomical Society.

Three tea ceremonies, led by Tankokai, will be held in the Shoseian Teahouse in the garden.

General admission tickets are $15. Admission with a tea ceremony is $25. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/822035.

The Japanese Garden gates will open at 6 p.m. for the event. The garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E. For more information, please visit http://www.seattlejapanesegarden.org/moonviewingfestival.html.
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Celebrate Tanabata with the Seattle Japanese Garden July 6

The Seattle Japanese Garden invites the community to celebrate Tanabata from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 6. The festival is celebrated with magnificent colors and a tradition of writing wishes on colorful paper and attaching them to bamboo shoots.

The Tanabata festival celebrates the eighth-century folktale of two star-crossed lovers – literally. Tanabata is based on the legend of two lovers, the Vega and the Altair stars separated by the Milky Way, who are allowed to meet just once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month.

Visitors will have the opportunity to write wishes and to create vibrant origami figures and kites. A storyteller will also share the Tanabata story and other folk tales.

Regular admission prices and Garden passes will be honored. The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E. For more information, please visit www.seattlejapanesegarden.org.

Seattle Japanese Garden Celebrates Kodomo No Hi 2013

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Japanese Garden will honor children during the annual Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi) celebration on Monday, May 27, from noon to 4 p.m.

Local puppet theatre MIMIBUNKO will present The Red Demon Cried, a Japanese language puppet show for children of all ages at 12:30 and 1:45 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy hands-on craft activities with paper (origami) and opportunities to talk with Washington Park Arboretum Education and Outreach staff and 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.

Please note that Seattle Japanese Garden Annual Passes or Memberships are not applicable during the Children’s Day event. Event admission is $10 for adults, with up to two children free (age 12 and younger) per paying adult, and $5 for each additional child. Event admission for adults without children is $10. Admission for visitors ages 13 -17, senior adults 65 and older, college students with ID, and people with disabilities, is $5.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E in Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum. To contact the Garden, please call 206-684-4725. The Japanese Garden is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Seattle Parks and Recreation announces pilot program to host weddings in the Seattle Japanese Garden

For the first time, the Seattle Japanese Garden will host wedding ceremonies during the summer of 2013 as part of a pilot program. As one of Seattle’s most beautiful locations, the Japanese Garden is perfect for an intimate wedding ceremony in a serene setting. Parks is working in partnership with the Japanese Garden Advisory Council to open this special space to community members to celebrate their special day.

The Japanese Garden, located in the Washington Park Arboretum, is a 3 1/2 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960. Local and visiting audiences have enjoyed this sublime retreat for many decades. Allowing wedding ceremonies will enable couples to build lasting memories at this historical landmark.

To kick off the pilot program, Parks will schedule three wedding ceremonies this year for parties of up to 75 people. Parks encourages these wedding parties to respect the tradition and serenity of the space. The base price is $3,000, which will cover rental of the facility for four hours—both the Garden and Tateuchi Room, a small meeting room on the premises. Weddings will take place on select Saturdays between August and October, from 4 to 8 p.m. Rehearsals will take place the day (Friday) before the wedding, after the garden is closed to the public. An additional damage deposit is required and parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parks invited people interested in a Japanese Garden wedding this summer to fill out the wedding inquiry form.  Staff will respond to your inquiry.

To learn about how to schedule other beautiful garden venues Seattle Parks and Recreation has to offer, such as the Volunteer Park Conservatory, Kubota Garden and Parsons Garden, please visit our weddings webpage.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is excited about this collaboration with the Japanese Garden Advisory Council, a group of community members who meet the second Tuesday of each month to develop public events and programs.