by Marcus Harrison Green
(The following is adapted from a presentation given as part of Town Hall Seattle’s Spirited Stone event. The event, which featured Shin Yu Pai, Charles Johnson, and Nathan Wirth, can be viewed here.)
As a lifelong Seattleite (a lifelong South Seattleite, actually), I was asked to share what Kubota Garden means to me. Now that’s a pretty simple question — with a very hefty answer, given my relationship with the garden that has ranged from when I was a teenager to today.
Throughout that time, Kubota Garden has epitomized the most powerful one-syllable word in the English language.
Continue reading Reflection: Home Is a Place Called Kubota Garden
by Mark Van Streefkerk
For kids and their caregivers experiencing Zoom learning fatigue, a new Family Exploration Kit might be a welcome opportunity to get outside and explore the Washington Park Arboretum, Kubota Garden, or their own backyard. The self-guided exploration kits are designed for kids ages four to 12 and their caregivers, offered through a partnership between the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and Kubota Garden Foundation (KGF). With scavenger hunts, treasure maps, discovery games, hand lenses, and a comic, the kits provide hands-on science education activities, as well as sharing the story of Kubota Garden and pointing to the larger history of the Japanese-American community in South Seattle.
Kits can easily serve four kids at a time and cost $7 but are available to all regardless of ability to pay. To ensure COVID-19 safety, those who sign up for the kits can choose a time slot and location (Othello Commons, the Arboretum, or the Kubota Garden Foundation’s office) for pick up.
Continue reading Family Exploration Kits Encourage Science Learning and Outdoor Activities at the Arboretum, Kubota Garden, and Your Own Backyard
by Anne Liu Kellor
Who cares about gardens and landscape design right now, in a time of widespread grief and despair?
Let me reframe that question.
Who cares about a story of resilience, racism, community, cross-cultural connection, place, and poetry?
Continue reading Book Review: Spirited Stone, Lessons from Kubota’s Garden
by Sharon H. Chang
The crowd was so huge at the premiere of Fujitaro Kubota and His Garden at Ark Lodge Cinemas last week that a second screening was added and some eager theatergoers were turned away. The turnout of 150 viewers was overwhelming, said Joy Okazaki, Board President of the Kubota Garden Foundation which produced the film, but also overwhelmingly positive. “We know that people love the garden and knew telling the story of the garden was long overdue,” said Okazaki, amazed. “This confirmed for us how important it is to get that story out there.” Continue reading Premiere of Kubota Garden Documentary Draws Huge Crowd, Prompts Second Showing
The South Seattle sanctuary is a testament to the power of public space and the promise of racial integration.
(This article was originally published in Crosscut and has been reprinted with permission)
by Alex Gallo-Brown
On the kind of dismal morning in late November that encourages lying around in one’s sweatpants with a mug of green tea or the grudging completion of basic tasks, I zipped my hooded jacket to my chin and made the short drive from south Beacon Hill, where I live, to Rainier Beach, the southeasternmost neighborhood of Seattle, where Kubota Garden, the once private and now public testimonial to the life and work of master gardener Fujitarō Kubota, has stood for more than 90 years. I arrived to an uncharacteristically empty garden — no cars thronging the parking lot, no people hiking the forested paths. Drawing my hood over my head, I sidestepped the fast-collecting pools of rainwater, admiring constructed ponds and waterfalls as I reflected on moments of private pain and memories of personal joy. Continue reading Can Rainier Beach’s Kubota Garden Remain a Refuge for All?
Events this weekend in the South Seattle area
Saturday, July 18th
Community: Fifth Annual Black Prisoners Caucus Family Summit– Details: The Black Prisoners’ Caucus cordially invites you to attend its 5th Annual Family Summit. This FREE event will focus on issues related to families who have loved-ones behind bars. The Family Summit will feature music, speakers, artwork, workshops, family activities, and resources to support the families of those incarcerated. The Family Summit also plans to strengthen and to heal our entire community from the impact of mass incarceration. Food and childcare provided. We hope to see our entire community (especially children/youth) at this year’s Family Summit. It takes village! –Time: 11:00am- 4:00am –Where:Africatown Innovation Center 3100 S Alaska Street Seattle, WA Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Cinema Under the Stars, Family Summit and A South End Business Tour