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First Viewing: 2024 Seattle Japanese Garden Opening

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Come celebrate the 2024 Garden opening with us on Saturday, March 2.

10:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.: Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) performance

The shakuhachi is a traditional Japanese bamboo flute developed in the 16th century. Shakuhachi player Hanz Araki* will bring us the sounds of spring with a performance in the Kinko-Ryu style on the Moon-Viewing Platform by the Garden pond, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Developed 200 years ago during the Edo Period, Kinko-Ryu is one of the two main shakuhachi schools in Japan.

*In case of rain, Hanz Araki will play Shakuhachi at Roji garden under the eave at the Shoseian Tea House. 

11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Guided tours (start at the front entrance)

Our Garden Guides will lead two walking tours in the afternoon. Enhance your visit to the Garden by learning about its history, design and spiritual principles. The 45-minute tours will begin at the ticket booth. Free with admission. Please let the ticket booth know that you'll be participating. The maximum number of each group will be twelve. 

Image sourced from event website. Photo credit: David Rosen

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