Celebrate heritage and history at Mukai Farm & Garden’s third annual Vashon Japan Festival. Following social distancing requirements, this year the festival will occur throughout the month of September online at mukaifarmandgarden.org/JapanFestival.org and onsite from dawn to dusk at a special self-guided lantern labyrinth at the Mukai Farm & Garden, 18017 107th Ave SW, Vashon. Online events will feature taiko drumming, Japanese traditions and craft, and Vashon’s Japanese American history. More information is at mukaifarmandgarden.org/about/vashon-japan-festival-2020/.
Visitors to the site can walk the beautifully reconstructed Japanese pond and gardens designed by Kuni Mukai and explore the self-guided Lantern Labyrinth.
The Mukai Farm & Garden is one of the few remaining examples of a prewar Japanese farmstead and is on the National Register of Historic Places. During its heyday, B.D Mukai, a Japanese immigrant and successful entrepreneur and his wife Kuni, welcomed the community to their Japanese stroll garden and Craftsman home. Their home, garden, and barreling plant are icons of these blended cultures and island history. Restoration of the barreling plant is the next phase in this community led project.
The Friends of Mukai are restoring and managing Mukai Farm & Garden to celebrate Vashon’s Japanese American and agricultural heritage. Mukai shows how history lives and is relevant to our lives today.