The Mukai Farm & Garden celebrates Vashon’s Japanese American and agricultural heritage. With its historic Craftsman house, Japanese gardens, acreage, and strawberry processing plant, Mukai is “how history lives.”


Between August 1st and August 14th, Friends of Mukai will conduct elections via email to elect new Board members and ratify two changes to the corporation’s By-Laws. The Annual Meeting will be held on Zoom at 4:30pm on August 17th, where we will ratify the election and receive a brief update on our activities by President Rita Brogan.

Only current dues-paying members of Friends of Mukai are eligible to vote. Members will be sent information on the Board nominees and By-Law recommendations by August 1st, with instructions to cast their votes by August 14, 2020. If you have not yet paid your dues, please click HERE to join our renew your membership in Friends of Mukai.

On August 16th, members will receive the log-in information for the August 17 Zoom Annual Meeting.

Please take a moment to:

  • Join or renew your membership in Friends of Mukai
  • Vote for our new slate of members
  • Join our Zoom Annual Meeting on August 17, 2020

Become a Friend of Mukai

Youth for Mukai – $10/year

Individual – $30/year

Family/Friend – $100/year

Supporter – $350/year

Patron – $750/year

As one of the only surviving Japanese farmsteads in the US, the Mukai property has significance extending beyond Vashon Island and the Pacific Northwest. Over the last three years, volunteers and generous funders have restored much of the Mukai home, Japanese garden and pathways to their original pre-war beauty. We’ve come a long way in a few short years. The Mukai Farm & Garden is today a place for peaceful garden contemplations well as a center for learning and building a multi-cultural community. It is a place for children to practice Japanese language, for Islanders to experience the boisterous and joyful sounds of Japanese taiko drumming, for gardeners to marvel at he designs of stroll garden, for Asian Americans on Vashon to discuss their common experience, for art, for music, for students of history and students of life.

Feature: Kuni’s Garden

Peonies blooming in the North Garden

Peonies blooming in the North Garden

The Japanese Garden: Designed and installed during the 1930’s by Kuni Mukai, a Japanese immigrant, her “hill garden” features extensive rockwork, plantings and a surrounding pond.

Great progress has been made on the garden over the last two years. We hired a well known Pacific Northwest Landscape Architect Karen Kiest who completed a technical guidance plan for plant selection, rockery, site circulation and hardscape.

In the fall of 2018, the 90-year-old Japanese Garden pond was restored. How? Watch this video! 

Landscaping in the North Garden, hill plantings and lawn restoration completed in June, 2019.

Come and see the revived garden!

Related article:
“Kuni’s garden” – November 13th, 2018
“A historical garden restoration: Kuni’s Garden” – June 21st, 2019

VCA Garden Tour & Garden Party – June, 2019:

Over 750 visitors toured Mukai Farm & Garden as part of the annual Vashon Center for the Arts Garden Tour, June 22-23, 2019. At the kick-off “GALA” dinner on June 21, Friends of Mukai welcomed 150 guests including the Consul General of Japan, Yoichi Yamada to the property, just as Kuni Mukai shared her garden with the community 90 years ago. Read more:

2019 Vashon Japan Festival Report:

The 2nd annual Japan Festival, a celebration of Japanese culture, was held on Saturday, September 14th at the Mukai Farm & Garden on Vashon. In the spirit of Kuni, who opened her garden to visitors, the Friends of Mukai invited the Vashon community, Japanese Americans and visitors from around the region to celebrate Japanese culture this Festival. Click here to read more.

A Short Movie About Mukai Made by King County:

Mukai Farm & Garden video by Vaun Raymond, King County

As part of a series on historic properties in the region, Vaun Raymond, Pam Davis and Brian Starr produced the 4 minute clip. Thanks to King County TV and 4Culture.

Click here to watch.


Mukai House and garden is a wonderful event space with full kitchen facilities and seating for both large and intimate groups.
See our Rentals page.