Free First Thursday: Fumiko Kimura Haiga Exhibit Opening Reception and Sumi-e Demonstration
Apr
4
4:00 PM16:00

Free First Thursday: Fumiko Kimura Haiga Exhibit Opening Reception and Sumi-e Demonstration

Fumiko Kimura, a Tacoma-based Japanese-American artist and co-founder of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, will be joining us to demonstrate the Japanese art of sumi-e (ink calligraphy) and discuss her haiga exhibit in the Tateuchi Community Room. Haiga is an art style combining haiku poetry and ink paintings. Her On The Walls haiga exhibit will be on display from April through May 29.

Please join us on Thursday, April 4th for the opening reception and a demonstration by Fumiko Kimura. Entry to the garden is FREE from 1pm to closing for Free First Thursday. Light refreshments provided.

 

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Family Saturday: Origami in the Garden
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday: Origami in the Garden

For Family Saturday in April, the Seattle Japanese Garden is hosting Origami in the Garden in the Tateuchi Community Room. The event will be joined by P.A.P.E.R., Puget Area Paperfolding Enthusiasts Roundtable, who will be showing us how to fold spring-themed origami.

Please join us for Origami in the Garden and learn how to make flowers, butterflies, and more!

Entry to the garden will be FREE for youth 12 and younger from 10am to 2pm for Family Saturday.

On The Walls: Haiga Collection by Fumiko Kimura will be on display through May 29, 2019.

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Free First Thursday: Oshibana Demonstration by Norimi Kusanagi
May
2
5:00 PM17:00

Free First Thursday: Oshibana Demonstration by Norimi Kusanagi

Norimi Kusanagi, a Bainbridge Island resident creates art by arranging the pressed leaves and flower petals to reflect nature’s simple elegance. This technique is called ‘Oshi (press) bana (flower)’ in Japan.

Join us on Thursday, May 2, 5pm – 6:30pm in the Tateuchi Community Room for a demonstration and a hands-on experience with Norimi. Entry to the garden is FREE from 1pm to closing for Free First Thursday. Light refreshments provided.

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

Family Saturday: Koi Day

After an adventurous winter of heavy snow and a major pond restoration project, koi at the Seattle Japanese Garden are looking forward to our friendly visitors (and a feast)!

Koi at the Seattle Japanese Garden are awake from their winter hibernation and ready to eat. For our May Family Saturday on May 11th from 11 am to 1 pm, we’ll have free koi food, craft, and Koi Q & A.

FREE admission to all youth 12 and younger from 10 am to 2 pm for Family Saturday.

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"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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