Mike McGinn, Mayor
8/14/2012 1:17:00 PM
Dewey Potter (206) 684-7241
Seattle Japanese Garden presents Moon Viewing (o-tsukimi) on Saturday, September 1
Full moon celebration features performances, haiku, moon viewing tea
Enjoy the Seattle Japanese Garden after hours at a Moon Viewing from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 1. During Moon Viewing, the garden is magically lit with lanterns, luminaria and floating boats. In Japan, people hold o-tsukimi or moon viewing festivals to welcome and celebrate the arrival of the full moon.
The evening includes performances by Lunar Hare, a dance by Joan Laage and Consuelo Gonzalez (Kogut Butoh), classical and contemporary koto music by Silk Strings, a selection of traditional Japanese dances by the Fujima Dance Ensemble, and Okinawan folk and traditional music by Mako and Munjuru.
Haiku Northwest will read haiku inspired by the beauty of the moon. Come prepared with a haiku of your own, and enter our Moon Viewing poetry contest! Winning poets will have their haiku read during Moon Viewing, and will receive a prize.
View the full moon, weather permitting, through telescopes provided by the Seattle Astronomical Society.
Admission to the event is $15 per person. Seattle Tankokai, a Seattle Japanese tea ceremony association, will present a Tsukimi Chakai (Moon Viewing Tea) at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. in the Shoseian Teahouse. Tickets for the Tsukimi Chakai are an additional $10 by advance reservation on Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/256675.
The Seattle Japanese Garden is at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E, Seattle, in the Washington Park Arboretum. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 1 for the Moon Viewing event.
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