Enjoy this from Nat's email on the subject, dated Feb. 14th:
The weather forecast for today was 'rainy all day', yet it brightened up and rays of sunshine graced the water in the pond during the opening of the Seattle Japanese Garden for 2011 season (from noon till 3 PM)....
February's soft sunlight gently washed over the Shinto altar at yesterday's blessing and renewal ceremony. Walking about afterward, talking with friends, I felt the light take on an almost timeless quality. In winter, before foilage and flower soften and hide, the 'bones' of the Garden's design lay before us. And it's not just the sense of sight that's affected. All the senses are. Consider, for example, the scent of sake, in the absence of competition from plant fragrances. How it wafts some time after it's been sprinkled, along with salt and paper squares, by Reverend Barrish in the 4 precincts.
|SJG 2/13/11 - blooming camellia|
People were filling in for a traditional Shinto blessing of purifying the air, water and earth before the new season in the Garden - it's done every year by Rev. Barrish, who chants, offers sake, rice and flowers while asking to bless the garden....
|SJG - 2/13/11 • Rev. Barrish and Shinto altar on the moon viewing platform|
|SJG 2/13/11 • People observing the ceremony from the orchard|
|SJG 2/13/11 • Rice offering|
|SJG 2/13/11 • Flower offering|
|SJG 2/13/11 • Sake offering|
|SJG 2/13/11 • Kids back on the zig-zag bridge, looking for koi|
|SJG 2/13/11 • Sorry, couldn't help myself: cool shoes! where can I get a pair like that?|
|SJG 2/13/11 • the Koi didn't freeze, after-all:)|
|SJG 2/13/11 • 'Did you get the pic of the people?' asked Nat... |
So here they are again, sitting in the orchard...
The calligraphy workshop followed the Shinto blessing - Midori Kono Kiel was in charge of the workshop.