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Calendar from September 22nd Print Issue

SEPTEMBER (Nagatsuki) 長月
The long month

▪️Seattle Public Library, John Okada lecture, Tue Sep 26, 7 – 8:15 PM
www.spl.org Central Library, Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium.(napost.com, Sep 8 issue).

▪️Uwajimaya (Seattle), “Kenji Lopez-Alt, Food Tour and Cooking Demo,” Fri Sep 29, 9 AM.

▪️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.

OCTOBER (Kannazuki) 神無月
Month Without Gods*

▪️“Classical Japanese Dance, Performance, Talk & Workshop with Kaya,” Sun Oct 1, 2:30 – 4 PM. Bainbridge Dance Center, 844 Madison Ave N, $15 suggested donation.

▪️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.

▪️Uwajimaya (Seattle), “Kenji Lopez-Alt, Book Signing,” Fri Oct 6, 11 AM – 1 PM.

▪️Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai, 45th anniversary Japanese calligraphy exhibition, Sat Oct 7, 11 AM – 4 PM; Sun Oct 8, 11 AM – 3 PM. Armory Loft, Seattle Center (free).

▪️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.

▪️UW Japan Studies, Mina Qiao, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, “Coronavirus as a Metaphor in Japanese COVID Literature,” Mon Oct 9, 4:30 – 6 PM. Remote via Zoom.

▪️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.

Katsushika Hokusai Chôshi in Shimôsa Province woodcut print 1833 Image public domain

▪️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.