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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Give Big for Heritage Month & Racial Justice
Mukai Farm & Garden volunteers work to share the story of Japanese internment, racial justice and how equity can become a daily practice. 

Through events that commemorate the Day of Exile, May 16, 1942 when Americans of Japanese American descent were given two days’ notice to meet at Ober Park and be bused to destinations where they would live behind barbed wire for over four years. 

The Mukai volunteers have collected historical information on who has lived, worked with or befriended the Mukai family. When the display was open pre COVID, off-island visitors would often find and remark on a connection with a family member. A long lost thread can be reconnected through Mukai Farm & Garden. 

And we hope those threads will build a better shared future as we work to bring more education on race, justice and equity to Mukai Farm & Garden, where history lives. 
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Mukai Farm & Garden extends a hand in support to our Black/African American neighbors. We hope the verdict from the Derek Chauvin trial brings some relief to George Floyd’s family, but that verdict does not stop the ongoing violence against the Black community. Families who have lost loved ones to racism deserve justice.
We at Mukai are committed to learning how we can address racism within our communities and to the message that Black Lives Matter. 
Thank you for encouraging us all to do and be better. We will continue to fight for the vision and reality of anti-racism.  

At Mukai APA Heritage Month will be celebrated with a
·       May 8, 9 AM to 2 PM, Nominoichi Pan Asian Flea Market and Garden Sale

  • Haiku Festival Display up all month, voting through May 
  • May 16, 1:00 Day of Exile Commemoration
  • May 20, Shibori online class

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Mukai Farm & Garden celebrates APA Heritage Month with two major events.  The first event, on May 8 is our very first Nominoichi Pan Asian Flea Market and Garden Sale.  Island from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mark your weekend for a special sale on May 8th, just in time for a special collectible or plant for Mom. The Nominoichi, or flea market, sale will be at Mukai Farm & Garden, 18017 107th SE, Vashon Island from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to Pan Asian collectibles, the sale also includes Japanese vegetables and Marshall Strawberry plants, the famous strawberry plant that was grown at the Mukai Farm.

Next, on May 16 Friends of Mukai will commemorate the Day of Exile at 1:00 with an event at Mukai Farm & Garden at 18017 107th SE.  The event will include the ringing of a temple bell for each of the families whose lives were abruptly interrupted on that date, followed by a prayer by Abbott Koshin Cain of the Puget Sound Zen Center, a reading by Miyoko Matsuda, and poetry by Seattle poet Larry Matsuda.  The entire public is welcome, but to assist with planning, please register for the event at  Those who cannot attend may see the ceremony on Mukai’s Facebook live page.   The Vashon-Maury History Museum is a co-sponsor of this event.  

And on May 20, we welcome back instructor Rob Jones of Romor Designs based in England to teach an online Shibori class. You can find the class description and sign up at

Visit the Mukai Farm & Garden anytime during the month of May to treat yourself to the hundreds of haiku poems that have been submitted for our 2nd annual Haiku Festival.  Ballots are available at the Garden for the “People’s Choice” awards, or you can vote for your favorite haiku on our website between April 25 and May 16.

The sakura (cherry blossoms) should be in their full glory, so you can celebrate haiku poetry at the same time that the beautiful Mukai cherry trees begin to shed their blossoms with “pink snow.”

Hanami, Japan's cherry blossom festival, started during the Heian period (794-1185). The blossom marks a time of contemplation about the future with family or friends. Metaphorically the flower reflects the Buddhist approach to mortality. It’s short life span is a symbol of the transience of life. 
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