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Japan Fair 2021!

June 26th, 2021
1:00  –  7:00 PM
Virtual Japan Fair will promote the friendship between Japan and the US, and beyond, by introducing traditional and modern Japanese culture, educational seminars, and informational sessions. It shares the virtue of activities of vibrant and active Japanese communities with all visitors. 
 The Virtual Japan Fair 2021 will bring exhibitors’ enthusiasm to each visitor’s home. Our exhibitors share traditional and modern Japanese culture as well as cultural uniqueness of their goods, services, and activities. Japan Fair visitors will find cultural resources available in Pacific Northwest region through its virtual event.

SAM Northwest Modernism: Four Japanese Americans

Image: Monolithic Impasse, 1964, Paul Horiuchi, casein on mulberry paper mounted to canvas, 77 9/16 x 78 9/16 in., Gift of the Seattle Art Museum Guild, 79.6, © Estate of Paul Horiuchi.

March 20, 2021 – On-going exhibit

Located in the far northwest corner of the contiguous United States, Seattle is oriented more to the Pacific than to Europe, and many of its artists looked to Asia in shaping the region’s singular form of modernism. See link for full information on this exhibit of issei and nissei art.

Reading Japanese Gardens

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Pacific)
On-line. Free and open to the public.
For information and registration visit LYNGSØ Garden Materials, Inc.

As an apprentice to a master Japanese gardener, Mark Bourne learned that the answer to understanding the art was in the gardens, not in any of the books that had been written. In this lecture, we will explore how to study the classical gardens of Kyoto through slides and explanation, and then see how to incorporate that art into our own gardens.

Mark Bourne was recognized as a master Japanese designer by the abbot of Kenninji Zen Temple after completing a full traditional apprenticeship to Yasuo Kitayama in Kyoto. His study included work in many historically significant gardens, including the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Katsura Imperial Villa, Kenninji, and others. Since 1999 Mark has built gardens as the owner of Windsmith Design, based in the Seattle area.


Chanoyu – Way Of Tea at the Seattle Japanese Garden

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (Pacific)
On-line. Registration required. Free and open to the public.