Coming up at Mukai:

It’s hard to believe, but the end of this year and the start of the next one is just around the corner. And Mukai Farm & Garden will host a slew of exciting events in 2022!

Mukai Farm & Garden will begin screening Japanese and Japanese American films illustrative of the richness of Japanese cultural experiences in January for the Vashon community to enjoy. Admission to the film series is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

The first film to be shown, at 7 p.m. on February 10th, is “Inuyashiki (2018), which tells the story of a middle-aged office worker who meets aliens and is given alien technology as well as infinite powers. The film was praised by critics and received a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“[Director Shinsuke Sato] stages clashes between his two antagonists that test them beyond the limits of their flesh-and-blood humanity, while revving up the visual pyrotechnics,” wrote Mark Schilling for Japan Times. For more information about the film series, check out the poster below.

Beginning in February, Mukai Farm & Garden is offering an open crafting session from 1 to 5 p.m. every third Sunday, featuring a different Japanese craft that is simple enough for anybody to do in an afternoon, bringing Japanese cultural experiences to life in the community.

Welcome to Japanese Crafternoon! This group will try their hand at a different Japanese craft every month. Guests are welcome to come in for a quick look or spend the entire afternoon making beautiful creations. Everyone of all ages is welcome. Because supplies are limited, bring whatever you believe will be useful.

First up, join us for etegami, the art of simple hand painted postcards, to start the new year off with a friendly hello to friends and family. Don’t worry if you’re not an artist; this craft celebrates the beauty of imperfections.

Mukai Japanese Circle

The Mukai Japanese Circle brings together people who are interested in studying and discussing the Japanese language. People of all levels of proficiency and ages are welcome to attend and participate in the group. 
We meet every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on Zoom. If you wish to join, all you need to do is to email a request for the meeting’s Zoom link to the host, Fred Harriman, at
Native speakers of Japanese will likely be at the meeting, and Fred is also a professional Japanese Interpreter who taught Japanese at Vashon Island High School during the 2018-19 school year. Such experienced members of our Circle are happy to answer questions about the language and how to speak fluently in Japanese. We also talk about Japanese cultural subjects, history, and current events. When appropriate, the group will split into separate rooms so that participants with varying levels of expertise can concentrate on topics with which they are more familiar.
We hope members will participate actively and let the Circle know what topics are of personal interest to them — please voice all questions and concerns. We are here to learn, but also to help others learn and to express themselves. During our meetings members have fun, relax, and learn new things. Join us!
This online class is free to attend, but donations are welcome and encouraged!
The email address you send your request from will be visible to the other members. The Circle wishes to promote networking among its members. If you do not want your usual email address to be visible to the other members, please create a secondary email address for participation in this group.
It’s OK to be shy, but engagement and participation are important! If you have something on your mind please express it. If you could not express it during the meeting, put your thoughts in an email to Fred.
For the sake of preserving a respectful learning environment, the Moderator of the Circle reserves the discretion to unilaterally dismiss or block any participant who is ill-mannered or prevents others from participating.

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