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May 9, 2022:

Japanese Crafternoon

We invite you to our next 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.

May 9, 2022:

Movies @ Mukai Continue

Experience Japanese films at the historic Mukai house. Our monthly film screenings explore Japanese culture and help create community around shared experiences!

All ages welcome (if under 18, please be accompanied by an adult). Approximately 7 to 9 p.m. depending on movie run time. Free admission with suggested donation of $10.

April 10, 2022:

Haiku Festival 2022

In March, the Mukai Farm & Garden held its third annual Haiku Festival and Contest to bring the beauty of haiku, an ancient form of Japanese poetry, to the people of Vashon Island. Haiku poems are three lines of five, seven, and five syllables. 

On Sunday, April 10 at noon, Mukai Farm commemorated Masa Mukai’s 112th birthday and recognized the haiku contest winners, who were introduced to the public to receive a gift for their inspirational and imaginative poems. The grounds continue to be open for touring to view the poems on exhibit. 

Vote for your favorite poem for the People’s Choice award through May 22 online.

Attention students of Vashon-Maury Island:

Anime Club: Exploring the influence of Anime on western pop culture

The Mukai Farm and Garden is partnering with the Vashon Island Public School’s Anime Club to bring popular and critically acclaimed anime films and manga graphic novels to Vashon Island students with an interest in the history of Japanese anime and its influence on American pop culture. From 12:30 to 3 p.m. on early release Fridays, private screenings for students will be held at the Mukai Family home, located at 18017 107th Ave SW, Vashon, WA. There will be transportation provided. It’s possible that some of the content isn’t appropriate for all kids.

Students from Vashon Island are invited to explore and discuss the wide range of anime films and manga comics that have emerged as some of the most influential and fascinating methods of storytelling in American and global pop culture over the last several decades. Students, volunteers, and Program Director Adam Foster will watch, consider, and discuss a full series of anime films and manga beginning on Feb. 11 with the screening of “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” (1984), which tells the story of a young princess embroiled in a struggle with a kingdom that tries to use an ancient weapon to eradicate a jungle full of giant mutant insects. The film was praised for its story, themes, characters, and animation style, and it not only remains resonant today, but it also marked the start of Hayao Miyazaki’s illustrious career as a renowned animated filmmaker widely recognized as one of the best of all time.

It is impossible to overestimate the importance of anime films: As of 2016, Japanese anime accounts for 60% of all animated television shows worldwide, with a devoted following of children, teenagers, and adults. The medium is credited with influencing genres ranging from science fiction to romance and westerns, and it is one of the most successful and profitable media franchises ever.

Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark post-apocalyptic cyberpunk thriller “Akira” (1988), Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995), Mamoru Oshii’s philosophical cyberpunk thriller Ghost in the Shell (1995), and others will be screened for students during 2022.

Check here for more information, including a complete list of upcoming screenings and to register for attendance. Some of the movies in the series contain mature content. If parents/guardians are unsure whether Anime Club is appropriate for their child/student, they should consult independent parent resources such as Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org) for more information on federal television or MPAA age ratings, or contact the program director, at vashonanimeclub@gmail.com.

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