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.


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.

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.

Seattle Parks offers mixed-media photography workshop at Seattle Japanese Garden

Looking to improve your camera and composition skills? This workshop offers exclusive early morning and evening access at the Seattle Japanese Garden when it’s dressed up in its spring finery.

Students will learn by doing—shooting, sharing in-class critiques, and sharing results online. Work will be juried for a mixed-media show at the Garden, and students can explore how to prepare their work for exhibiting, from selecting and pricing to framing and hanging.

Classes are as follows:

• Friday, April 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Laurelhurst Community Center, 4554 NE 41st St.
• Saturday, April 27, 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 8 p.m., Seattle Japanese Garden Tateuchi Room, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E
• Friday, May 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Laurelhurst Community Center
• Saturday, May 11, Seattle Japanese Garden Tateuchi Room

The instructor is Ray P. Fortner, and the cost of the course is $200 plus a fee for materials. To register, please call Cheryl Brown at 206-386-9106 or email her at cheryl.brown@seattle.gov.

For more information about Ray Fortner, please go to www.raypfortner.com; for more information on the workshop, please email him at raypfortner@gmail.com.

Guides needed for Seattle Parks and Recreation Japanese Garde

The Japanese Garden at Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Washington Park Arboretum has opened applications for training to become a volunteer tour guide.

The Japanese Garden displays beautiful foliage throughout the year.

Tour guides will give free guided tours to garden visitors and must learn the techniques of effective guides, elements of the Japanese Garden, Japanese history and culture, and the history and unique features of the Seattle Japanese Garden.

Training will be held on five consecutive Wednesdays, March 13 through April 10, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee for the training program is $50. A limited number of scholarships are available. The deadline for application is February 1, 2013.

Located within the Washington Park Arboretum, the Japanese Garden is a 3.5-acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960.

The Japanese Garden offers free public tours with admission on weekend days at 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., April through October. All tours start from the main gate, and are led by Arboretum Foundation Unit 86 Tour Guides. These tours provide an educational introduction to the culture and history of the Seattle Japanese Garden.

For details, and to download an application, please visit                                                         http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/japanesegarden.htm 

For questions, contact:  gardenguidetraining@gmail.com