Zen garden at Bloedel Reserve.
7571 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island 206.842.7631
The rock and sand Zen garden is one of the highlights of this historic garden on Bainbridge Island, less than an hour west of Seattle by ferry. A traditional Japanese garden surrounds an elegant guesthouse on this former private estate which is now open to the public.
Great Wall Mall
18230 East Valley Highway, Kent 425.251.1600
This remarkable Pan-Asian experience highlights Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Filipino and Taiwanese cultures. The Great Wall Mall merchants range from an expansive food market to a traditional herbalist, and serve increasingly diverse communities south of Seattle. www.greatwallmall.com
Formosan juniper by artist
Amy Liang Chang, courtesy of the
Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection
33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S, Federal Way 253.924.3153
An outdoor museum of living art, bonsai are miniaturized trees shaped by artists to portray scenic large trees in nature. The outstanding collection of bonsai from six Pacific Rim nations is displayed in a woodland setting on the Weyerhaeuser Company's corporate campus, located approximately 30 minutes south of Seattle. www.weyerhaeuser.com/bonsai
White River Valley Museum
918 H Street SE, Auburn 253.288.7433
Exhibits highlight the Japanese American community that once flourished in South King County’s rich farming areas, including a display recreating the Iseri family’s farmhouse in the historic community of Thomas. www.wrvmuseum.org
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma 888.238.4373
Stories of Asian American pioneers and immigrants are woven into exhibits on Washington’s early agriculture and industry, as well as more recent events such as the Japanese American internment during WWII. www.wshs.org
Yao Garden at the Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue 425.452.2750
The Yao Garden is a Northwest interpretation of a Japanese strolling garden, and was named for Bellevue’s sister city in Japan. The Tateuchi Viewing Pavilion just outside the Yao Garden overlooks the Bellevue Botanical Garden's hillside plantings.
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
Eagle Harbor Drive & Taylor Avenue, Bainbridge Island
In 1942, Bainbridge Island's Japanese American residents were the first of nearly 120,000 other Nikkei — people of Japanese ancestry — forcibly removed from their homes and exiled from the west coast. Their point of departure, the former Eagledale ferry landing adjacent to Pritchard Park, is being transformed into a memorial with the motto Nidoto Nai Yoni, “Let it not happen again.” www.bijac.org