Thursday, May 7, 2009

Watch This Japanese Ceremony

Recently, a completion ceremony for the new Japanese Garden Gate House at Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum was held. Watch this two-minute video that includes music by the Taiko drummers, garden pictures and parts of the elaborate ceremony. (Look for the "shoe" photo - a photo of contrast that includes wooden getas.) I didn't go to the ceremony but now am excited about visiting the Washington Park Arboretum again. Here's part of the newspaper article:
SHOWERS of sake, salt, sand from a sacred mountain and five colors of cut paper blessed the four compass points at the new Japanese Garden entry gatehouse in Washington Park Arboretum.

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