Spend the day on the beautiful grounds of Mukai Farm & Garden at the first Vashon Japan Festival. The festival will be outdoors, Saturday September 22, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mukai Farm & Garden, 18017 107th Ave SW, Vashon. Come experience Japanese traditions and get to know your Japanese American neighbors at this free event. Learn what’s happening at the historic fruit processing plant and how you can be a part of this vibrant historical venue. Find information and other events at www.mukaifarmandgarden.org.
Like traditional Japanese street fairs, Vashon Japan Festival will feature activities for all ages, including:
Taiko drummers and Bon Odori dancers
Sake, perry and Japanese beer garden
Japanese food & drink, including mochi pounding demonstrations
A children’s village with Japanese games & art projects
Local artisans demonstrating and selling Japanese inspired wares
Speakers throughout the day
The Mukai house and garden are a blending of two cultures: B.D Mukai, a Japanese immigrant who became a very successful business owner and entrepreneur while his wife, Kuni, expressed her heritage by designing and installing a traditional Japanese stroll garden around their very American Craftsman home. The family blended their Japanese heritage and newly adopted American home to become successful entrepreneurs and members of the Vashon-Maury Island community. Their home, garden, and barreling plant are icons of these blended cultures and island history.
Mukai Farm & Garden are being restored and managed by the Friends of Mukai to celebrate Vashon’s Japanese American and agricultural heritage. The Mukai Farm & Garden reminds us of the influential contributions of the Mukai family and the Japanese American immigrant community to 20th century agriculture, business, and community life. Mukai shows how history lives and is relevant to our lives today.