The Third Month
harunare ya namonaki yama no asagasumi
in a thin morning mist
translated by Emiko Miyashita and Michael Dylan Welch
by aleksThe Garden kami, beautiful Sunday weather and who knows what else caused that the opening day of the Seattle Japanese Garden for the 2015 season brought almost more guests that our courtyard can hold.
Welcome everyone! With hope that you had a chance to view our exquisite flowers of camellia japonica bushes (we have many kinds: 'Amabilis', 'Cheerful', 'Daikagura', 'Finlandia', 'Hikaru-Genji', 'Hino Maru', 'Lily Pons', 'Prince Eugene Napoleon', 'Purity', 'Takayama' and more) and multiple pieris japonica with its creamy white tiny clusters of flowers (common name of this plant is Andromeda or Lily of the Valley shrub - and it's as poisonous as it is alluring, so beware and don't picnic too long under them, ever). Thank you gardeners for presenting the garden so beautifully!
Below a few snapshots from the First Viewing ceremony + 1 minute shaky video of Rev. Barrish chanting (sorry, I used the video function of my camera for the first time here). Thank you all who worked on organizing this touching ceremony!
|SJG • 3/1/15 - First Viewing: Steve Alley, of Seattle Japanese Garden Council,|
giving the opening remarks. Also note offerings on the Shinto altar:
mandarin oranges, daikon radish, rice bowl and a bottle of sake...
|SJG • 3/1/15 - First Viewing: Christopher Williams, the outgoing|
superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation greeting attendees.
Thank you, Christopher, for many happy years of the Garden!
|SJG • 3/1/15 - First Viewing: Jesus Aguirre, the newly appointed superintendent|
of Seattle Parks and Recreation, telling guests he moved to Seattle from Washington
D.C. for this job. Good Luck, Jesus and keep our Garden strong!
|SJG • 3/1/15 - First Viewing: Reverend Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shrine|
in Granite Falls, WA, conducting the formal blessing rite in the courtyard.
|SJG • 3/1/15 - First Viewing: camellia japonica 'Finlandia', photo by Tony|
From Komonews - Photos: Seattle Japanese Garden opens for the season picture gallery here...
|SJG • 3/1/15: Rev. Barrish's shoes|