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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle Parks to reopen Japanese Garden for the 2013 season

2/20/2013  1:39:00 PM

Seattle Parks to reopen Japanese Garden for the 2013 season

First  Viewing: Celebrate the reopening of the Seattle Japanese Garden!
The Seattle Japanese Garden’s 2013 season opens on Sunday, March 3 with a traditional Shinto blessing and a calligraphy workshop.

To ensure a wonderful season, Reverend Koichi Barrish of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine will honor the Japanese Garden with the traditional Shinto blessing, and Meito Shodo Kai’s hands-on calligraphy workshop will offer visitors an opportunity to create elegant Japanese calligraphy.

The Shinto Blessing begins at noon and the drop-in calligraphy workshop takes place from 1-3 p.m. Both events are free with Japanese Garden admission.

Admission fees for First Viewing are: $10 for adults 18-64, $5 for Youths 6–17, Senior Adults 65+, College students with ID, & people with disabilities, and free for kids younger than 6.

Can’t make it to First Viewing?
Visit the Japanese Garden on Sunday, March 10 for the opening of Autumn Impressions, a juried show of 13 photographers’ views of the Seattle Japanese Garden captured in the October 2012 Photography Workshop. From 1-3 p.m., this casual event will celebrate the photographers and their fantastic views of the Garden. There is no admission charge for the Autumn Impressions opening event.

This 3 ½ acre formal garden evokes another time and place, a unique and artistic representation of nature influenced by Shinto, Buddhist, and Tao philosophies. Designed and built under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juko Iida in 1960, the garden is a quiet place, allowing reflection and meditation through the careful placement of water, garden plants, stones, waterfalls, trees, and bridges.

The Japanese Garden offers occasional tea ceremonies and other events during the March -November season when it is open to the public. Information:

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