The Seattle Japanese Garden’s 2014 season opens on Saturday, March 1 with a celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To ensure a wonderful season, Reverend Koichi Barrish of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine will honor the Japanese Garden with the traditional Shinto blessing at noon.
This 3 ½ acre formal garden evokes another time and place, a unique and artistic representation of nature influenced by Shinto, Buddhist, and Tao philosophies. Designed and built under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960, the garden is a quiet place, allowing reflection and meditation through the careful placement of water, garden plants, stones, waterfalls, trees and bridges.
Admission fees for First Viewing are: $10 for adults 18-64, $5 for youths 6–17, senior adults 65+, college students with ID, and people with disabilities, and free for kids younger than 6.
For free, the community is invited to enjoy the opening of a beautiful new photography exhibit “A Celebration of Spring” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tateuchi Community Room. The juried show also on March 1 celebrates nine photographers and their fantastic views of the Garden from a spring workshop in 2013.
The Japanese Garden offers monthly tea presentations and demonstration at the Tea House and other great community events during the March -November season when it is open to the public
Seattle Japanese Garden 2014 Schedule
March 1 – March 30 Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
March 31 – Sept. 21 Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
September 22 – Sept. 30 Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 1 – Nov. 2 Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
November 3 – Nov. 30 Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Japanese Garden is located at the south end of the Washington Park Arboretum at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E. For more information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/japanesegarden.htm or call 206-684-4725.