The Seattle Japanese Garden’s 2013 season opens on March 3 with a traditional Shinto blessing and a calligraphy workshop.

The Rev. Koichi Barrish of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine will honor the Japanese Garden with the traditional Shinto blessing, starting at noon. Meito Shodo Kai’s drop-in, hands-on calligraphy workshop will offer visitors an opportunity to create Japanese calligraphy, from 1 to 3 p.m. Both events are free with Japanese Garden admission.

From 1 to 3 p.m. on March 10, the Japanese Garden will open its “Autumn Impressions” show, a juried show of 13 photographers’ views of the Seattle Japanese Garden captured in the October 2012 Photography Workshop. There is no admission charge for the “Autumn Impressions” opening event.

The Japanese Garden (1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E.) offers occasional tea ceremonies and other events during the March-through-November season, when it is open to the public. For more information, visit