We’re excited to announce that the EXPOSED: Japantown exhibit will be shown at this year’s Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival! The event will be taking place at Seattle Center on April 25-27, 2014 and admission is free. You will find our exhibit in the upstairs “loft” area of the Armory.
The Festival was founded 39 Years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. Held at the Seattle Center every April, it began as a small program and exhibit of Japanese art as a way to celebrate Japanese culture and America’s relationship with Japan, the Festival is the first and oldest ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center in the Seattle Center Festál series.
It is the largest public event demonstrating the breadth and depth of traditional and contemporary Japanese art and culture in the NW and British Columbia. With over 90 displays every year and over 30,000 attendees, we’re excited and thankful to the Festival Committee to let the photo contest be a part of the Festival!
Go enjoy the beauty of Japanese culture and another chance to see the EXPOSED: Japantown exhibit!
April 25-27, 2014
Seattle Center, Armory loft
More to come: We’re already making plans to show at another location! If you can’t make it to the Cherry Blossom Festival — you’ll be missing out! — make sure to check out EXPOSED: Japantown at the Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day) event at JCCCW on May 4th! Stay tuned!
Here are the winners for the EXPOSED: Japantown 2013 photo contest! There were so many great photos submitted this year, the judges had to make some tough decisions. Don’t forget to stop by the exhibit today for our last day of extended hours, from 1 to 5pm. The exhibit features the Top 100 photos and all photographers have at least one of their photos exhibited. Located at 603 S Main St, Seattle 98104, in one of the historic Panama Hotel’s storefronts.
Special thank you once again to our awesome judges – Alan, Rob, Tom and Binko – and all of our sponsors – JPMorgan Chase, Photo Elan, Panda Lab, Bumblejax, Color One Photo, Omega Photo, Glazer’s Camera, MoonPhoto Lab, Getty Images, Alabastro Photography, KOBO, and Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival! And congratulations to all of our photographers for helping put together a great show!
FOOD: food bought and enjoyed in Japantown
Sponsored by Color One Photo
General Bracket Winner: Glenn Nelson, Art of Manju
Youth Bracket Winner: Isaiah Bush, Ramune
CULTURE: images that represent the Japanese culture, people, or heritage of the area
Sponsored by Photo Elan
General Bracket Winner: Nicole Baum, Zen Teachings
Youth Bracket Winner: Keti Chikhladze, Harmony
SHOPS: local Japantown business in action
Sponsored by Bumblejax
General Bracket Winner: Bruce Fleming, Abe San
Youth Bracket Winner: Angel Fong, Greetings from Higo
SPACES & PLACES: buildings and streetscapes that define Japantown
Sponsored by Photo Elan
General Bracket Winner: Lance Wiskowski, 6th and Jackson
Youth Bracket Winner: Jacqueline Le, Osami’s Barber Shop
Attila Melegh, A Game of Time
Bruce Fleming, Never Wise Up
David Dopko, Hero on Main Street
Glenn Nelson, Panama Alley
Julie Lopez, Geisha
Laura Brodax, Hands Down
Laura Solt, Japantown Lady 3
Sui Sea Solitaire, Matcha Latte at the Panama Hotel
PEOPLE’S PICK AWARDS
1st Place People’s Pick: Nicole Baum, Calligraphy
Sponsored by Omega Photo
2nd Place People’s Pick: Keti Chikhladze, Beauty of Proportions
Sponsored by Glazer’s Camera
3rd Place People’s Pick: Sophia Egan, Momo Friends
Sponsored by MoonPhoto Lab
4th Place People’s Pick: Jennifer Wong, Left Behind
Sponsored by Massive Monkees
Stay tuned as we’ll announce where the exhibit will travel to next!
Did you miss our Artist Reception and exhibit unveiling last week? Have no fear! Due to popular demand, we’ve extended our exhibit hours and will be open this Sunday the 15th through Wednesday the 18th, every day from 1-5pm. The exhibit showcases the Top 100 photos from the contest and features all of our participating photographers.
Located in one of the historic Panama Hotel’s storefronts, at 603 S Main St Seattle 98104.
Hope to see you there!
As the Artist Reception is drawing near (tomorrow, next to the Panama Hotel), it is time to announce the last round of prizes! We would like to thank Glazer’s Camera, MoonPhoto, and Omega Photo Specialists for providing us with the People’s Pick award, which will be decided upon by reception attendees. Voting begins when doors open at 6pm and closes at 7pm. The People’s Pick award will be announced at 7:15 along with the category winners. Find out more about the Artist Reception at our Facebook event.
The prizes up for grabs include a Laptop Case (valued $30), a Rental Gift Card (valued $25), a T-shirt (valued $10), and a lens cloth (valued $5) from Glazer’s Camera; a 16×24 print on archival paper (valued $55) from MoonPhoto; and a Vanguard Camera Bag (valued $75) from Omega Photo Specialists.
Celebrating photography since 1935, Glazer’s Camera is your source for all things photographic – from cameras and accessories to lighting and grip. They offer all sorts of equipment for photo, video and lighting, as well as classes, like “Lighting for HD SLR Video”. Glazer’s Camera is the perfect stop if you’re looking for used gear or rentals. Check out their main store at 430 8th Ave N in South Lake Union and online.
MoonPhoto started out doing black-and-white prints over 34 years ago and their quality work has allowed them to expand to scanning, retouching, and color printing. However, they still specialize in black and white photo printing – doing it by hand – on fiber and resin. They believe that traditional black and white film photography is special and worthy of preserving; they also offer photo restorations and printing on archival printing among their many other services. Check out their website for more info about their history and services!
Last, but not least, we have Omega Photo Specialists, a local photo equipment retailer and full service photo lab that has been in business for almost 50 years. They pride themselves on “providing quality merchandise and outstanding customer service,” offering a wide selection of photography equipment and accessories, a full service customer processing lab, and even courses and workshops. From cameras for sale to camera repair, photo restoration to passport photos, simple prints to video transfer, Omega Photo could easily become your one-stop shop! Begin browsing their selections on their website to see what they can do for you!
We are happy to announce Rob Ketcherside as one of our judges for this year’s photo contest! A hardware/software program manager and a digital historian, Rob works within the Isilon Storage Division of EMC. He has lived in Tokyo for number of years and is certified fluent in Japanese! Rob is very active as he serves on the Mayor’s Seattle Landmark Preservation Board, a board member of Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, a member of the urban design plan advisory board for Seattle’s International District, and much more. In his free time, he enjoys researching local history and writes rephotography columns on the Capitol Hill Seattle blog. And to top it off, he will be publishing his first book, Lost Seattle this year. Learn more about Rob by checking out his Flickr, book, or reading his latest blog posts!
EXPOSED: Japantown 2013 would like to thank all of our participants, sponsors, judges and volunteers for this year’s photo contest!
We had a great turnout and we’re in the process of going through each submission to make sure everything is in order for our judges to deliberate. We’ll be unveiling the winners at our Artist Reception, so stay tuned for more details!
The deadline for the Exposed photo contest is just two days away! Have you submitted your amazing photos capturing the rich community of Japantown yet? Still looking for ideas? Why not explore the neighborhood through some of its emerging shops? It is the perfect inspiration for last minute entries!
Get artsy at:
Cullom Gallery (603 S Main St) specializes in tradition and contemporary Japanese woodblock prints & works on paper.
Bryan Ohno Gallery (521 S Main St) features art that challenges art traditions and embraces cultural intersections.
Get your holiday shopping in at:
Plus 45 Design (513 S Main St) featuring midcentury modern Danish home furnishings and design from around the world.
Momo (600 S Jackson St) the Eurasian “hapa” shop with Japanese fabrics, clothing, local jewelry, hand bags and much more.
Get your munchies on at:
Fuji Bakery (526 S King St) for their Japanese style sweet and savory baked goods with their finest ingredients.
Find your new spot in emerging Japantown!
Looking for something to do this Saturday? Why not get your holiday shopping started early and in a unique way at the Chinatown ID Vintage, Craft and Flea Market? And of course, don’t forget to bring your cameras with you and snap some photos to enter for the contest! Come on by to the Nagomi Tea House that once housed part of the old Uwajimaya on Six Avenue and King St as the Hokubei Hochi (North American Post) Foundation and SCIDpda sponsor this pre-holiday event!
There’ll be food, kid’s activities, crafts, and vintage collectables and some of the vendors include the Clover Sweets and Pastries, Loose Leaf Furniture, KOBO at Higo, Two Squirrels And A Nut, Bosatsu Factory Art Studio, Frida Loves Jewels, Jayna Bags and much more! The event begins at 11:00AM and goes until 4:00PM so don’t miss out! For more information see the Vintage, Craft and Flea Facebook event here!
Hope to see you there!
Don’t let this cold autumn weather get you down! Before we fall back in a couple weeks, let’s spring forward and visualize that happier time of year for a bit. What do you see when you think of spring? Even with the endless types of flowering plants, one of my favorites (and one I look forward to every year) is the cherry blossom tree or sakura. Many associate the cherry blossom to Japanese culture but did you know that many of the cherry blossom trees planted around the Pacific Northwest are actually from Japan?
In 1976, the Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Miki sent 1,000 cherry trees to Seattle to commemorate the US Bicentennial (the Bicentennial included a series of celebrations and observances paying tribute to the historical events that led up to the creation of the US as an independent nation during the mid-1970s). Fun fact: the Prime Minister also had special connection to the Northwest and Japantown – he attended the University of Washington and washed dishes at Maneki in the 1930’s.
So where can you find these cherry blossom trees?
One place they were planted was at the Seattle Center. Along with a stone monument and lanterns donated by various Japanese cultural organizations, this initiated the first Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival that is now held at the Seattle Center every April. Beginning as a small program and exhibit of Japanese art as a way to celebrate Japanese culture and America’s relationship with Japan, the Festival is the first and oldest ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center in the Seattle Center Festál series. Approaching its 38th year, it is the largest public event demonstrating the breadth and depth of traditional and contemporary Japanese art and culture in the NW and British Columbia. With over 90 displays every year and over 30,000 attendees, we’re excited and thankful to the Festival Committee to let the photo contest be a part of the Festival next April!
And in the ID, you can find these cherry trees in Kobe Terrace Park. As the deadline for the photo contest quickly approach, hum the tunes of “Sakura Sakura” (a traditional Japanese folk song about spring, the season of cherry blossoms) and make your way up to the Kobe Terrace Park. Imagine yourself as if you are there in the spring time as you see the beautiful blooming Mt. Fuji cherry trees along with the four-ton, 200 year-old stone lantern on the hillside (given as gifts from the people of Seattle’s sister city, Kobe, Japan) and capture the beauty of the cherry trees in the autumn breeze!
We will exhibit the winning photos at the 38th Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival this next year, so submit your best images of Nihonmachi and have a “hanami” (a flower viewing) in front of the cherry blossom trees around the Fisher Pavilion in April!
Other locations of the cherry trees from Japan include Seward Park, Washington Arboretum, and the Quad at UW.