Join Mukai Farm & Garden for our 2nd annual Vashon Japan Festival!
Celebrate the newly replanted gardens of Mukai Farm & Garden. Learn what’s happening at the historic fruit processing plant and how you can be a part of this vibrant community venue.
The Vashon Japan Festival is a traditional Japanese style street fair with activities for all ages, including:
Taiko drumming, Kabuki Academy performance, Butoh and modern dance as well as community Bon Odori dance,
- Outdoor dining with food from May’s Kitchen, recently recognized as one of America’s top 100 restaurants, Vashon Baking Company treats, tofu & spam musubi from Patty’s Place – the owner Patty Freebourn is famous on Vashon and the Puget Sound, Japanese inspired hot dogs, Sake, perry and Japanese beer garden,
- Mochi making, a traditional rice-cake pounding demonstration
- A children’s village with Japanese games & art projects
- Local artisans demonstrating and selling Japanese inspired wares
- Bonsai demonstration
- Ikebana display in Mukai house
- Domestic market Japanese vehicles
- Tsuru (crane) folding table for future Tsuru for Solidarity action
- Evening lantern walk
The Mukai house and garden are the sharing of cultures: B.D. Mukai, a Japanese immigrant and successful entrepreneur, and his wife, Kuni, invited the community to their Japanese stroll garden and Craftsman home. The family became an integral part of the Vashon-Maury Island community as successful business owners and employers, and neighbors. Their home, garden, and barreling plant are icons of these blended cultures and island history.
Mukai Farm & Garden property is being restored and managed by the Friends of Mukai to celebrate Vashon’s Japanese American and agricultural heritage. The home, garden and barreling plant 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.
Additional info about the festival:
- Dogs are welcome as long as they stay on the leash with the owner and are comfortable & well-behaved in the crowd. And the owner must pick up after the dogs.
- Parking: The regular parking space at Mukai Farm & Garden will be closed for the festival. Please park on teh street (along 107th Ave or Bank Rd) without blocking our neighbor’s driveways. (*107th Ave. south of Bank Rd. is a dead-end street)
- How to get to Vashon island and Mukai Farm & Garden: Click here!
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2nd Annual Vashon Japan Festival – Saturday, September 14th, 11am-8pm. Free admission. All ages welcome!
(Photo: 2018 Japan Festival, by Wade Yip)