"Maples of the Seattle Japanese Garden" Exhibit Opening Reception
Oct
4
3:00 PM15:00

"Maples of the Seattle Japanese Garden" Exhibit Opening Reception

In June of 2017, volunteers from Unit 86 of the Arboretum Foundation and volunteers and staff from the Hyde Herbarium at the Center for Urban Horticulture collected Maple tree specimens from 28 different Maples in the Japanese Garden.  These leaves, stems and seed capsules were then dried, mounted and preserved in the Hyde Herbarium and at the Japanese Garden.

This Exhibit displays photographs of 12 of the 28 trees in both the mounted herbarium form as well as photographs of the actual trees in the garden.

This 2017 Maple Collection updates the previous collection from 1984 and gives us an historical record of the Maples in the Japanese Garden.

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Maple Festival 2018
Oct
4
to Oct 14

Maple Festival 2018

Don't miss the magnificent fall color during the annual Maple Festival. This year, the event starts on Thursday October 4th and lasts for 11 days till Sunday October 14th.

This family-friendly event features nature-inspired craft making, maple tree scavenger hunt, live performances, and other cultural activities. Stay tuned for more details.

The Tateuchi Community Room will be open to visitors to see a special exhibit of Seattle Japanese Garden's Maple Collection made possible in collaboration with the University of Washington's Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium. 

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Free First Thursday: Molly Hashimoto Artist Reception
Sep
6
4:00 PM16:00

Free First Thursday: Molly Hashimoto Artist Reception

We are pleased to host our first exhibit with artist Molly Hashimoto! A local artist whose works include paintings and woodblock prints inspired by nature. Join us for Free First Thursday as we celebrate the opening with an artist's reception from 5:30-6:30p.m. Entry to the garden will be FREE from 3PM until closing. Refreshments provided.

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SOLD OUT Tsukimi Cha-kai: Tea Ceremony
Aug
25
6:15 PM18:15

SOLD OUT Tsukimi Cha-kai: Tea Ceremony

Join us for a special 40-minute Japanese Tea Ceremony presentation, "Introduction to Chanoyu" as part of the Tanabata Festival. You'll have a chance to sit in a tatami-mat lined tea room, observe the restrained ritual movements of tea preparation, and taste the carefully prepared tea as well as an accompanying sweet treat.

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SOLD OUT Moon Viewing 2018
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

SOLD OUT Moon Viewing 2018

THANK YOU everyone for your passionate love of the Seattle Japanese Garden and our Moon Viewing event! Moon Viewing 2018 is SOLD OUT. We apologize to everyone who loves this event and wasn't able to get a ticket this year.


For one enchanting evening a year, the Seattle Japanese Garden is magically lit up with lanterns and luminaries welcoming the arrival of the full moon in Japanese tradition.

This year, guests will have a chance to enjoy special lighting art, “Asagao / Morning Glory” by Yuri Kinoshita and a sound installation by Paul Kikuchi throughout the garden in the twilight. The event will also feature a live performance by Kikuchi using historic 78rpm record collection.

Haiku competition will be held during the evening. Stroll through the garden on a beautiful summer evening will have plenty for your inspirations.

Complete your evening with a Japanese bento dinner and a tea ceremony. Three tea ceremonies will be held in the Shoseian Teahouse during the event. A limited quantity of bento dinners and tea ceremony tickets will be available for advance purchase at the time of ticket sale.

Ticket sale begins August 1.

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Family Saturday: Kite-Making Workshop
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday: Kite-Making Workshop

Mark your calendars for August 11! For this Family Saturday, Greg Kono of the Drachen Foundation will be leading aa fun hands-on kite-making workshop. Mr. Kono will be showing our visitors how to make mini koi and yakko kites from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. And kids enter the garden free all day! Admission to the garden is FREE for children 12 and younger from 10 am to 2pm for Family Saturday.

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Free First Thursday: Wandering and Wondering
Aug
2
3:30 PM15:30

Free First Thursday: Wandering and Wondering

For the August Free First Thursday, Wandering and Wondering returns to Seattle Japanese Garden for its 8th annual Butoh performance! Throughout the three-hour event, you will encounter dancers and musicians dispersed in surprising locations in the garden. Wandering and Wondering is a sensory feast not to be missed. Entry to the garden will be FREE from 3PM until closing. Refreshments provided.

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