March 6, 2016 (Sunday)

Seattle Japanese Garden - First Viewing photo


Bring in the new season at the Seattle Japanese Garden!

We are overwhelmed by the response to this event. THANK YOU.

We are sold out of all advance tickets that guarantee viewing of the 11a.m. Shinto blessing. We have a limited number of reserved tickets at the gate for individuals and families who've purchased an Annual Pass by March 5, 2016. We appreciate your understanding of the space limitation inside the garden.

Regular, onsite day pass sales will resume at noon, and all are welcome to enjoy the freshly blessed early-spring garden and a complimentary cup of tea for the duration of the event, which goes until 3p.m.

A special note to Annual Pass holders planning to attend this event: please show your pass and ID at the Will Call table, which will be set out in the entry courtyard, and receive a wristband to guarantee your viewing of the complete blessing ceremony.

There is no pre-registration or extra charge for you to attend the event. However, space is limited to view the complete blessing due to wet weather conditions making the grassy areas unsafe. Pass holder wristbands will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. We appreciate your understanding.

Thank you again for your generous support of Seattle Japanese Garden. We look forward to seeing you here.


Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the 2016 season.

First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair of a Shinto blessing at 11 a.m. A Shinto blessing is a formal ceremony that's been conducted in Japan since ancient times. The blessing will usher in auspicious ki –life energy– for a successful new year and will be conducted by Reverend Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Granite Falls, WA.

The ceremony will also include a rededication of the original sign that hung at the garden in 1960, when the garden first opened to the public. Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesus Aguirre will recognize and honor the Yorozu family, whose family landscaping company was among the diverse group of partners that collaborated to bring the garden to its inception.

Trained guides will be available to give complimentary tours of the Seattle Japanese Garden, deepening the experience of strolling the garden by sharing insights on the garden’s history, design and spiritual principles. The 45-minute tours begin at the ticket booth starting at 12:30 and 2 p.m.

The Tateuchi Community Room will also have its doors open to the public. Visitors can enjoy a cup of tea while taking in an exhibit of archival photos depicting the Japanese garden's 55-year history.

Admission is $6 adults; $4 youth 6 -17, students with ID, and seniors 65+; kids 5 and under are free. Advance ticket sales open on February 14. Skip the long lines! Purchase your advance tickets HERE.


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