Blending Two Cultures
The Mukai Farm & Garden represents a blending of two distinct cultures. B.D Mukai, a Japanese immigrant, became a successful Vashon business owner and entrepreneur, while his wife Kuni expressed her ethnic heritage by designing and installing a traditional Japanese stroll garden around their very American-looking home.
The family balanced their Japanese heritage with a newly adopted American lifestyle. They became prosperous and accepted members of the Vashon-Maury Island community. Their house, Japanese garden, and barreling plant together reflect this successful assimilation.
Today, the Mukai Farm & Garden reminds us of the powerful contributions of the Mukai family and the broader Japanese American immigrant community to 20th-century agriculture, business, and community life on Vashon.
These stories shape us to this day.