First Viewing: Official Opening Of Seattle Japanese Garden

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Seattle Japanese Garden says
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 at
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By: Seattle Japanese Garden

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