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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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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Moon Viewing
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Moon Viewing

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

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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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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Tanabata Cha-kai: Tea Ceremony
Jul
7
1:00 PM13:00

Tanabata 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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Family Saturday: Japanese Folktales
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday: Japanese Folktales

Join us on Saturday, June 16th for a lively Japanese folktale story time in the garden with Lori Tsugawa Whaley!

With her animated style of storytelling, Lori and her puppets will bring classic Japanese folk tales to life.

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: Artist Reception for Roosevelt High School Photography Exhibit
Jun
7
5:00 PM17:00

Free First Thursday: Artist Reception for Roosevelt High School Photography Exhibit

Join us on Thursday, June 7, 5:00-6:45 p.m. for an opening reception. We'll be unveiling the latest photography exhibit by students of Roosevelt High School. Their stunningly fresh garden  will impart a perspective of the garden you've likely never seen before. Entry to the garden will be FREE from 3PM until closing. Refreshments provided.

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Family Saturday: Koi Day
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday: Koi Day

The koi in the Seattle Japanese Garden are awake from their winter hibernation and ready to eat. For our May Family Saturday on  May 12th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., we’ll have free koi food, crafts, and a koi presentation and Q & A by the Washington Koi & Water Garden Society.

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First Thursday: Sogetsu Ikebana Demonstration by Megumi Schacher
May
3
5:30 PM17:30

First Thursday: Sogetsu Ikebana Demonstration by Megumi Schacher

Join us on Thursday, May 3, 5:30pm-6:30pm for an Ikebana demonstration by Megumi Schacher. Megumi Schacher is the current deputy director of the Sogetsu Seattle Branch and teaches and exhibits ikebana in the greater Seattle area, across the U.S. and in Japan. Her work can be seen at the Seattle Art Museum, the Japanese Consulate, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and Sakura-con.

Join us on Thursday, May 3, from 5:30 to 6:30 in the Tateuchi Community Room for a close look of her work in action. Admission to the garden is free after 3pm for Free First Thursday. Complimentary refreshments provided. Dementia-friendly watercolor exhibit will be on display.

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Family Saturday: Chigiri-e collage demonstration by Constance Perenyi
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday: Chigiri-e collage demonstration by Constance Perenyi

Chigiri-e is a kind of traditional collage technique practiced in Japan and translates “to tear art,” or “painting with paper.” Constance Perenyi illustrates portraits and landscapes using a unique technique influenced by Chigiri-e. Her papers, hand-made in Japan, are torn and layered with a vegetable-based paste creating the feel of fur and feathers.

Join us on Saturday, April 14th, 11am-1pm in the Tateuchi Community Room for a demonstration and a fun family-friendly hands-on experience by Constance Perenyi!

Admission to the garden is FREE for children 12 and younger from 10 am to 2pm for Family Saturday.

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-

Practiced in Japan for centuries, the art of tea ceremony --also called Chado, or The Way of Tea-- is imbued with harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

Our Shoseian Tea house offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience tea ceremony in a traditional roji garden setting. Chaboshu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

Chaboshu is a Seattle's premier men's tea group which was established to promote public awareness about Japanese tea ceremonial practices for men. The group consists of members from different Chado schools. September's theme for Chaboshu presentation is TBD so please make sure to check back this page or their Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/chaboshu/)!

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Free First Thursday: "A Year in the Japanese Garden" by the Dementia-Friendly Watercolor Program
Apr
5
4:00 PM16:00

Free First Thursday: "A Year in the Japanese Garden" by the Dementia-Friendly Watercolor Program

Join us on Thursday, April 5th, 4pm-5:45pm for the opening reception for an eye-opening watercolor collection by the Dementia-Friendly Recreation program! You will be inspired by their rich and dynamic expression.

Admission to the garden is free after 3pm for Free First Thursday. Refreshments provided. The exhibit will be on display in the Tateuchi Community Room through the end of May.

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First Viewing
Mar
4
10:00 AM10:00

First Viewing

Join us for First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the 2018 season. First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair of a Shinto blessing at 10 a.m. A Shinto blessing is a formal ceremony that's been conducted in Japan since ancient times. The blessing will usher in auspicious ki –life energy– for a successful new year and will be conducted by Reverend Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Granite Falls, WA.

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Photography Member Day
Nov
18
8:00 AM08:00

Photography Member Day

Exclusive shoot for photography members! Capture the beauty of the garden before it opens to the public. 

The garden is open exclusively to Photography Members before-hours, and tripods and other equipment not allowed during regular business hours are welcome during this shoot.

To RSVP for this shoot, please contact klaus.goodrum@seattle.gov.

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