▪️Bellevue College, Seventh Annual Japan Week, Sat Sep 30, 10 AM – 5 PM. This cultural festival is presented by a student club with support from the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle and community volunteers. There are performances and demonstrations including folktale storytelling, six contests with prizes and a flea market. Now recruiting 200 volunteers! Info: https://studentweb.bellevuecollege.edu/japan-week/
▪️Coco Aramaki, “The Nite Gardner,” painting exhibition, Mon – Sat, 11 AM – 5 PM.Housewright Gallery, 1224 S Bailey St, Georgetown, Seattle. A name new to these pages, the photographer-turned-painter evokes George Tsutakawa.
▪️Seattle Asian Art Museum, “Rene-gade Edo and Paris,” until Dec. 3. Exhibition explores the “renegade spirit” and subversive, anti-establishment attitudes in 18th and 19th century Edo and 19th century France. Japanese ukiyo-e prints and the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec are displayed side by side.
▪️Densho, “Our Voices Will Not Be Silenced: Critical Conversation, Art, and Virtual Fundraiser.” Thu Oct 5, 5:30 PM. An evening of conversation, art, and capacity-building, featuring special guest Maggie Tokuda-Hall. Online. Registration is free and open to the public. https://densho.org/voices
▪️Uwajimaya (Seattle), “Kenji Lopez-Alt, Book Signing,” Fri Oct 6, 11 AM – 1 PM.
▪️Densho & SIFF DocFest, “Omoiyari: A Song Film by Kishi Bashi,” Sun Oct 8, 7 PM. SIFF Cinema Uptown. Violinist and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi (better known as Kishi Bashi) embarks on a musical journey to understand WWII era Japanese American incarceration, assimilation, and what it means to be a minority in America today. With Densho Archives Director Caitlin Oiye Coon and producer JJ Gerber.
▪️Seattle Art Museum, “Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence from the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” Special Exhibition, Oct 19 2023 – Jan 21 2024. The Boston Museum has an extensive collection of prints owing to the many Bostonians on the first American merchant ships in Japan. www.seattleartmuseum.org/exhibitions/hokusai
▪️Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, “Seattle Buddhist Women’s Association Memorial Service,” Sun Oct 22, 10 – 11 AM. Annual service to honor our deceased members; speaker, Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki.
*The Shinto gods are away at their annual meeting at Izumo Grand Shrine, near Matsue on the Sea of Japan.