Community Events

Seattle Japanese Garden Kaleidoscope Series: World Of Butoh With Kogut Butoh

Thursday, September 17
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
First of our new virtual series Kaleidoscope is The World of Butoh with Kogut Butoh. We will be exploring the world of Butoh with Joan Laage of Kogut Butoh, who will introduce us to the art and history of Butoh in Japan, Seattle, and the Seattle Japanese Garden.
The evening’s presentation will feature special footage of Butoh dancers in the garden, recently recorded during the peak of beautiful summer season in 2020!
Kaleidoscope is a series of free virtual events designed to engage with a virtual audience and offer educational content on Japanese gardens and Japanese culture during the Covid-19 pandemic, when access to the physical garden is limited and our usual calendar of interactive cultural events has been cancelled.

To protect everyone’s health and safety and in consideration of our obligation to avoid the 3Cs 三つの密: 密閉、密集、密接 (Closed spaces, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings), the Bellevue College Japanese Culture Exchange Club will be presenting the 4th annual “JAPAN WEEK at BC” virtually (online only) this year with support from the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

Currently, we are seeking photos and videos for the following four Virtual Japan Week 2020 Contests. There will be prizes, so have fun participating!  (Text in Japanese below日本語での説明も下にあります)

Prizes provided by: Bento-ya GoemonBokksuHurry Curry of Tokyo – BellevueSakura-ConSandwich House TRESSugimoto Tea Company, and Uwajimaya.

Rakugo by Katsura Sunshine

Kimono clad laughing platinum blond Katsura Sunshine performing on stage

Access to the online live broadcast is free and open to all!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
7:00 p.m. PDT
Broadcast online
Register on the Town Hall website here:

Washin Kai and Town Hall Seattle are pleased to welcome renowned entertainer Katsura Sunshine for a special performance of unique storytelling called rakugo (落語).