Wednesday, August 29, 2018

お月見 (otsukimi) • 2018 Moon Viewing Haiku Contest

SJG • 8/25/18 -'Moon', lighting art by Yuri Kinoshita, at the entrance courtyard

Judged by Tanya McDonald and Michael Dylan Welch, Haiku Northwest

Out of 172 entries, we’ve selected the following winners for the 2018 Moon Viewing Haiku Contest, held at the Seattle Japanese Garden on Saturday, 25 August 2018. Many participants wrote about the hazy smoke in the sky from recent forest fires. We chose a mix of poems for their freshness, clarity, and sometimes humor. First prize is an individual garden membership and a garden T-shirt. Second prize a garden T-shirt and garden postcards. And third prize is garden postcards. Congratulations to all the winners for their poems, and to everyone who participated in celebrating the moon even if we couldn’t see it through smoke-hazy skies.

SJG • 8/25/18 - sound installation by Paul Kikuchi throughout the garden in the twilight - a live performance using historic 78rpm record collection and computer. The artist recorded different sounds in the garden and is mixing them with music

First Place

brightly the moon
makes milk of water
drops on a turtle’s shell

                  Tiffany Jenkins

Second Place

smoky air—
my beautiful wife looking at the sky
waiting for the moon

                  Daifu Ye

Third Place

in my inbox
message from the full moon:
—not coming tonight!

                  Aleksandra Monk

SJG • 8/25/18 

Honorable Mentions
(in alphabetical order by last name)

my feet hurt
my eyes are tired
oh! the moon!

                  Bill Bridges

even the rabbit pauses
to view the harvest moon

                  Bill Bridges

SJG • 8/25/18 - Three tea ceremonies were held in the Shoseian Teahouse 

round with child
she crosses the garden bridge
waxing August moon

                  Barbie Brooking

shy moon
hides behind clouds
patiently, we wait

                  Bryant Cabanatan

it’s for your safety
ropes obstructing normal paths
under the moonlight

                  CCR Studios

SJG • 8/25/18 - after tea ceremony, attendants launch boats

pink smoke
obscures the moon and more
somewhere trees are burning

                  Elise Fogel

deep sigh—
stop breathing so loudly
I’m trying to think about the moon

                  Kate Griffith

hey moon,
don’t hide from the smoky air
we want to see your beauty

                  Sze Man Li
SJG • 8/25/18 - Traditional Japanese Fujima Fujimine dancer

Jeff Bezos' house
& tents of the homeless
under the same full moon

                  Aleksandra Monk

the red moon blooms
I hold your hand
and feel your warmth

                  Corinne Scrivens

a full August moon
my footsteps in the gravel
sound like cicadas

                  Jair Trejo

SJG • 8/25/18 - Haiku on Sticks installation throughout the Garden,
by Haiku Northwest

SJG • 8/25/18 - Haiku contest station:
Judges Tanya McDonald and Michael Dylan Welch, Haiku Northwest

SJG • 8/25/18 - 'Morning Glory / Asagao'  lighting art by Yuri Kinoshita, under the wisteria arbor 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Film Screening—“Black Rain” (1989)—Wednesday, August 29, Noon

We will show our next film on Wednesday, August 29, from noon to 4 in the Tateuchi Community Room. Free and open to Japanese Garden volunteers and their friends (anyone can come and make friends).

Image result for black rain film poster
Dear friends,

“Black Rain” (running time 125 minutes) is a 1989 American action thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, starring American actors Michael Douglas (Nick), Kate Capshaw (Joyce), Andy García (Charlie), and Japanese actors Ken Takakura (Masahiro Matsumoto), Yusaku Matsuda (Koji Sato), and Tomisaburo Wakayama (Sugai).

The film’s locations are Osaka (Dotonbori, Hankyu Umeda Mall, other Osaka locations); Napa Valley and various Los Angeles locations.

The move’s story is a vehicle for a cops and robbers story with a Japanese setting, which provides cross–cultural disconnections to the fray. Though thin on plot, Ridley Scott overwhelms the screen with a dystopian Osaka, which complements the morally questionable actions of the bad guys and the good guys.

Suspension of belief is mandatory, but our goal is not to carp about implausible situations, but to consider how this American movie presented Japan to American audiences (visually, socially, personally) in the late 1980s…and how that vision has worked out almost three decades later.

The movie was not well received by critics or audiences. See:

But over time there has been some reconsideration.  See:

Notes by Dewey Webster, August 06, 2018

We hope to see you for an interesting viewing experience and terrific discussion.

Your Unit 86 Continuing Education Committee

Trailer below, see you at the film!