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 https://forms.gle/P92Nkt1zLHV2CP7D9. 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 www.mukaifarmandgarden.org/classes.