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…]