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Maple Festival 2019 | Free First Thursday: Dementia-friendly Watercolor Exhibit Opening
Oct
3
1:00 PM13:00

Maple Festival 2019 | Free First Thursday: Dementia-friendly Watercolor Exhibit Opening

Maple Festival is finally here! To celebrate the start of this popular festival, we’re excited to welcome you to the opening reception for an eye-opening watercolor collection by a group of artists from the Seattle Parks and Recreation's Dementia-Friendly Recreation program.

Opening reception is on Thursday, October 3, from 3-4:45pm in the Tateuchi Community Room. Admission to the garden is FREE after 1pm for Free First Thursday. Light refreshments provided.

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Family Saturday: Maple Festival 2019
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Family Saturday: Maple Festival 2019

(Photo: Aurora Santiago)

(Photo: Aurora Santiago)

(Family Saturday – Free admission for youth under 12 from 10am – 2pm)

- Self-guided Maple Tour Brochures available all day -

11 am - 3 pm Maple Scavenger Hunt & Maple Origami

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Taiko Performance by Kaze Daiko

1 – 2 pm Kids Illustration Workshop by Liz Wong

1pm / 2pm / 3pm Tea Ceremony provided by Urasenke Tankokai

($10 tickets sold separately)

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Family Saturday September: Respect for Elders Day - Book Reading & Watercolor Demonstration by Sanae Ishida
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Family Saturday September: Respect for Elders Day - Book Reading & Watercolor Demonstration by Sanae Ishida

The Seattle Japanese Garden will celebrate Respect for Elders Day as our Family Satuday event for the month of September.

In honor of this Japanese holiday (敬老の日 - Monday, September 16, 2019 in Japan), admission is FREE for all seniors as well as youth 12 and under from 10am - 2pm. From 11am-1pm, we welcome back Sanae Ishida for a reading of the newest edition to her Little Kunoichi series Ba-chan the Ninja Grandma a story of Little Kunoichi’s wise, creative, and eccentric grandmother and a hands-on watercolor demonstration.

Mark your calendar for a beautiful day in the garden with your loved ones?

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Free First Thursday September: Natural Dye Demonstration by Botanical Colors
Sep
5
4:00 PM16:00

Free First Thursday September: Natural Dye Demonstration by Botanical Colors

Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors will be showing us how to dye fabric with indigo, a plant also known as Indigofera tinctoria.

Demonstration will be held in the Tateuchi Community Room from 4pm-5:30pm and is FREE with garden admission. Space is limited, so plan to arrive early!

Garden admission is also FREE to everyone after 1pm for Free First Thursday. Complimentary light refreshments provided.

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Family Saturday August: Kendama Workshop by the Gallagher Twins
Aug
10
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday August: Kendama Workshop by the Gallagher Twins

Bring your family to experience the world of kendama in the garden!

Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy that originally became popular during the Edo period. Kendama regained its popularity in recent years and competitions are held in many parts of the world.

Join us on Saturday, August 10, 11am-1pm for a demonstration and a fun family-friendly kendama experience lead by the 2018 Gloken Kendama World Cup winner, Nick Gallagher, and his twin brother, Zack Gallagher.

Free garden admission to all youth 12 and younger from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Family Saturday.

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Free First Thursday August: 9th Annual Wandering & Wondering | Butoh Performance & Exhibit Opening
Aug
1
3:30 PM15:30

Free First Thursday August: 9th Annual Wandering & Wondering | Butoh Performance & Exhibit Opening

An exhibit featuring photographs of the annual site-specific event Wandering and Wondering held at the Seattle Japanese Garden and other Butoh artists will open on August 1.

This Free First Thursday event will also feature a 3-hour Butoh performance in which takes place throughout the garden.

Join us on Thursday, August 2 from 3:30 – 6:30pm and explore the world of Butoh. Admission to the garden is free for everyone after 1pm for Free First Thursday.

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Family Saturday July: Tanabata Star Festival
Jul
6
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday July: Tanabata Star Festival

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Join us for the annual Japanese star festival! Tanabata 七夕 at the garden is a family-friendly event that we celebrate with magnificent colors, craft making, and a tradition of writing wishes. 

The origin of Tanabata comes from the legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi, star crossed lovers separated by the Milky Way. Each year on the evening of July 7th, Orihime and Hikoboshi are allowed to reunite for one night only. In Japan, Tanabata is celebrated by decorating bamboo branches with origami ornaments and tanzaku, poems or wishes written on small strips of paper. 

Or garden visitors will have the opportunity to write wishes and tie them to bamboo sticks in the garden. Garden tours will be offered at 12:30. The Tateuchi Community Room will be open for guests to enjoy complimentary tea, and an art exhibit, featuring the winning works from the Photography Member Contest.

Family hanging their wishes on bamboo (Photo: Aurora Santiago)

Family hanging their wishes on bamboo (Photo: Aurora Santiago)

The festival will also feature an energetic performance by UW Taiko Kai and Japanese sword demonstration by Seibu-ryu School of Iai-Battojutsu, and origami.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE: 

11:00 am - 3:00 pm      Tanzaku Wishing Station

11:15 am - 12:15 pm  Taiko performance by UW Taiko Kai

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm       Origami

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm       Tea Ceremony by Tankokai (Tickets required)

1:30pm - 2:00 pm        Japanese sword demonstration by Seibu-ryu School of Iai-Battojutsu

Traditional Tea Ceremony presentations will be held at the Shoseian Tea House at 1, 2, and  and 3p.m. A limited number of tickets are available at $10 for adults and $7 for youth. Tea ceremony tickets can be reserved by calling the ticket booth at (206) 684-4725. 

Event is free with regular garden admission and no advance tickets are required. Click here for Garden admission rates.  Admission is free for youth 12 and under from 10am to 3pm on Family Saturdays.

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Family Saturday June: Kamishibai (Storyboard Theatre) by Youth Theatre Northwest
Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday June: Kamishibai (Storyboard Theatre) by Youth Theatre Northwest

Join us on Saturday, June 15th for a production of Kamishibai story-telling by Cory Southwell and students of the Youth Theatre Northwest.

Kamishibai is a form of Japanese street theatre that was popularized in the early 1900’s and through the Great Depression. Kamishibai stories were told through a series of 12-16 large paper panels placed in a wooden frame strapped to the back of a bicycle to make it easy to transport from town to town.

6/15 Performance Schedule:

First Set @11:00 a.m.: “The Three Magic Charms” & “The Wizard of Oz”

Second Set @12:00 p.m.: “The Kappa and the Carpenter” & “The Ogre That Wanted to be Human”

Free admission to all youth 12 and younger from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Family Saturday.

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Free First Thursday June: Photography Member Contest Exhibit
Jun
6
5:00 PM17:00

Free First Thursday June: Photography Member Contest Exhibit

This exhibit will showcase the winning works by the Seattle Japanese Garden photography members. Join us in celebrating their talent and dedication during an opening reception on Thursday, June 6th.

Free garden admission for all after 1 p.m. on June 6 for Free First Thursday. Light refreshments provided. The On-the-Wall exhibit will be on display through the end of July.

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

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

Free First Thursday May: 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. Norimi’s original artwork as well as her pressed flower greeting cards and posters will be sold during the event.

Entry to the garden is FREE from 1pm to closing for Free First Thursday. Light refreshments provided.

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

Family Saturday April: 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 April: Fumiko Kimura Haiga Exhibit Opening Reception and Sumi-e Demonstration
Apr
4
4:00 PM16:00

Free First Thursday April: 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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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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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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