Thank you for a successful Moon Viewing!

Thank you everyone for another successful Moon Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden!

Despite the afternoon starting with autumn like misty wind, our annual Moon Viewing on Saturday September 9th was another magical event.

 Photo by Aurora Santiago

Photo by Aurora Santiago

 

An evening of music and dance performance, tea ceremonies, luminary lighting and haiku contest was enjoyed by over 300 guests this year. Guests also reported that an owl also visited the garden during the night and watched the festivities from high up on a tree.

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There were moon inspired haiku displayed along the garden paths. Guests also enjoyed dining delicious bento box dinners under a hidden Moon. Guests reported that an owl also visited the garden during the night and watched the festivities from high up on a tree.

 Tanya McDonald and Michael Welch of the Haiku Northwest

Tanya McDonald and Michael Welch of the Haiku Northwest

Total of 122 haiku entries were judged by Tanya McDonald and Michael Welch of the Haiku Northwest during the evening. Below are the top entries.

If you are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and have not received your prizes, please contact us. Congratulations everyone and thank you for participating the event!

 

First Place

lantern in the tree

it could be the only moon

we will see tonight

                  Sarah Aday 

 

Second Place

hidden moon

I cannot see you—

looking still matters

                  Brian C. 

 

Third Place

consider the moon . . .

the audience is not unlike

the koi

                  Russell Nielson [spelling of last name unclear, perhaps Nelson or Nukor]

 

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

waiting,

for the autumn moon

another bowl of tea

                  Gwen Stamm 

 

needles outstretched

the crone-backed tree

beckons the moon

                  Samuel Levy

 

orange moon—

can autumn fires

keep me from your gaze?

                  Karen Radcliff

 

the moon hides

behind the clouds

waiting to shine

                  Diana Danzberger 

 

otsumi for 100 people

if the moon were here

it would be too crowded

                  Trevor 

 

empty bento box

chilly breeze ruffles my scarf

waiting for the moon

                  Nina Marini