Monday, October 18, 2010
Maple Viewing Fest
I'm sure Seattle Parks officials are thrilled by the attendance of the Maple Viewing Fest this year - I have never seen our Japanese Garden that crowded and although it probably means it is getting its well deserved recognition, I surely hope we will not become that crowded on regular basis. Professor Ken Brown, of the California State University Long Beach, who had to climb benches a few times to be heard by us all during his over-attended public tour, quipped that the Japanese garden is a lot like Disneyland: lots of hills and valleys crowded into small space, to make illusion of a much bigger space than it really is. Having to step aside while making room for strolling fellow visitors and getting run into by a few of them, made me think that illusion of the size is not the only similarity this Sunday.
I was scheduled to cover the origami table afternoon shift; was a bit worried how to make up for the fact that my skills are only one lesson old... Thankfully Elizabeth M. showed up, unscheduled, and kindly offered her help if anyone wanted to do something else; so I went to catch the tour/lecture and a few pics of the autumn leaves. Upon my return Elizabeth and Lynnda were still patiently folding paper and making boxes and cranes with everyone who wanted to learn - a very popular activity all day.
Lynnda taught me how to make an origami box only a week ago; yesterday she taught me how to make an origami crane. Sorry I wasn't a good student, or a good co-worker at the Maple Viewing Fest (I chatted with guests too much) but I so appreciated my first pink crane!
- origami box here
- origami crane here