I got out to the Seattle Japanese Garden to do some 紅葉狩り (momijigari, maple viewing or “maple hunting”) on October 28. Momiji season is a few weeks earlier in Seattle than in Ishikawa. The garden, which is part of the Washington Park Arboretum, was built in the Japanese style in 1960 by Junji Iida.
It was just like being back in Japan. The main difference is that the garden is closed from Dec. 1 – March 31–one of the things I loved about Kenrokuen (兼六園) in Kanazawa was that it was open in the winter for those classic Kanazawa snowscapes. (Seattle and Kanazawa’s winters are fairly different, though.) Definitely check this one out if you love Japanese aesthetics and gardens. 春まで！
For admission and seasonal hours April – Nov., see