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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.

Guides will be available to give complimentary tours of the Garden, deepening the experience of strolling the garden by sharing insights on the garden’s history, design and spiritual principles. The 45-minute tours begin at the ticket booth starting at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.

*Advance purchase tickets or Annual Passes are required for guaranteed entry to the Shinto Blessing ceremony.


 Photo courtesy of Aurora Santiago

Photo courtesy of Aurora Santiago


10:00 am Greetings in Courtyard
10:15 am Ceremonial Opening of the Gates
10:20 am Shinto blessing ceremony by Rev. Koichi Barrish
11:00 am The Tateuchi Community Room opens for complimentary tea
1:00 pm Guided tour
2:00 pm Guided tour