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: 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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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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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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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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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!

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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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Haiku Workshop by Michael Welch (Haiku Northwest)
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Haiku Workshop by Michael Welch (Haiku Northwest)

For the last Family Saturday of 2017, we are welcoming back Michael Dylan Welch of Haiku Northwest for a haiku workshop.

Haiku is a traditional form of poetry from Japan. In English, they are typically written in three lines with no titles and include an objective description that suggests a season.

Join us on Saturday November 4, 11am-1pm as Welch brings us into the world of Haiku. Be ready to focus on your five senses and stroll through the Seattle Japanese Garden for inspiration for your poetic expression!

For more information about Haiku Northwest, visit their website, www.haikunorthwest.org

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Photography Member Day
Nov
2
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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Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-
Oct
29
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. October'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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Tea Ceremony -Introduction To Chanoyu-
Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00
Tea

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. Omotosenke-ryu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

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Photography Member Day
Oct
21
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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Tea Ceremony -Introduction To Chanoyu-
Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00
Tea

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. Tankokai-ryu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction To Chanoyu-
Oct
12
1:00 PM13:00
Tea

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. Omotosenke-ryu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction To Chanoyu-
Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00
Tea

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. Tankokai-ryu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

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Maple Viewing Festival 2017
Oct
5
to Oct 15

Maple Viewing Festival 2017

Autumn is in the air, and colors are starting to show at the Seattle Japanese Garden.

Join us for the breathtaking sight of maple trees in fall colors at the annual Maple Viewing Festival. This family-friendly event features nature-inspired craft making, maple tree scavenger hunt, live performances, and other cultural activities during the 10 days. The event starts on Thursday October 5th.

Tea ceremonies are offered on Saturday October 7th, Thursday October 12th, and Saturday October 14th. Pre-purchased tickets are required for tea ceremonies.

The Tateuchi Community Room will be open to visitors to see a stunning photography exhibit curated by Vashon Island-based photographer Ray Pfortner.

The hours in October are Monday noon – 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday 10am -5pm.

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Photography Member Day
Oct
5
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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Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-
Sep
24
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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Tea Ceremony -Introduction To Chanoyu-
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00
Tea

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. Omotosenke-ryu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction To Chanoyu-
Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00
Tea

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. Tankokai-ryu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

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Photography Member Day
Sep
16
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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Moon Viewing 2017
Sep
9
6:00 PM18:00

Moon Viewing 2017

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. Join us for the evening with music, dance and poetry in the garden. Stroll through the garden on a beautiful summer evening will have plenty for your inspirations. Tea ceremonies and bento boxes will be available for additional purchase.

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Free First Thursday: "Impressions of Fall" Photography Exhibit Curated by Ray Pfortner
Sep
7
4:00 PM16:00

Free First Thursday: "Impressions of Fall" Photography Exhibit Curated by Ray Pfortner

This September, for our On The Wall exhibit, we will be have the opportunity to display the best of "Fall" collections captured by our Photographer Members and curated by Ray Pfortner.

Join us in the Tateuchi Community Room for our First Thursday opening reception on September 7th at 4pm and get the first look at this exciting collection. Entry to the garden will be free from 3PM until close. Refreshments provided.

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Photography Member Day
Sep
7
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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Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-
Sep
2
1:00 PM13:00
Tea

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. Shoseikai-ryu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction To Chanoyu-
Aug
27
1:00 PM13:00
Tea

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. Tankokai-ryu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction To Chanoyu-
Aug
19
1:00 PM13:00
Tea

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. Tankokai-ryu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

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