June 2021 News

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Mukai Farm & Garden joins the Farmers Market in recognizing Juneteenth.

This year, the Vashon Farmers Market will for the first time recognize Juneteenth, which is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the US. Visit the Market on June 19th to learn more about this historic day.

Mukai 2nd Annual Haiku Festival Draws Nearly 400 Entries.  
Although most entries were from Vashon Island poets, haiku poems came from throughout the Puget Sound region and from as far away as Poland and Croatia.  Haiku were submitted in four major categories: Heritage, Nature, Social Justice and Young Poet, and reviewed by a panel of four judges: Mayumi Tsutakawa; Dr. Lawrence Matsuda, Michael Feinstein and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma.
The poetry and winning entries are at www.mukaifarmandgarden.org.  Come visit the Garden to see the haiku will be posted throughout the month of June!
Nominoichi Collectibles and Plant Sale Earns $4500 for Mukai Operations!
Many thanks to generous donors, gardeners and volunteers for making our Nominoichi Collectibles and Plant Sale a wonderful success.  On May 8, crowds converged at the Mukai Farm and Garden to find treasures galore including lacquerware, kimonos, original art, antiques, books and more.
May 16 Day of Exile Event Honors the Memories of 111 Vashon Residents
On May 16, 2021 Friends of Mukai commemorated the 69th anniversary of the day in 1942 when armed guards herded 111 Vashon residents onto trucks at Ober Park to be sent to detention camps in Pinedale, California.  Their crime was to be of Japanese descent during WWII. The commemoration included a blessing by Abbot Koshin Cain of the Puget Sound Zen Center, a moving speech by County Executive Dow Constantine, readings by Seattle poet Larry Matsuda and Miyoko Matsuda and concluded with the ringing of a temple bell for each of the families who were deported. Pictured above Sam Owada, 93 and his wife. He was one of the original 111 taken from Vashon 69 years ago. He is seen wearing the tag with his name.
The event was co-sponsored by the Vashon-Maury Historical Museum.
Thank you to all who gave big during the annual GIVE BIG campaign! We raised $5,000 thanks to you! Did you know…you can support Mukai all year long?!
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Seeking Volunteers to train as Docents!

As summer approaches, we anticipate having open houses on the weekends and are seeking volunteers who would like to train as docents. If this interests you – let us know!

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