The Seattle Times reported that the International District’s (ID) celebration of the Lunar New Year was held a week later due to the Women’s March on 1/21, the day after inauguration. So it was held yesterday and today. Today the Seattle Urban Sketchers met to sketch our reportage on the festivities.
I’ve never gone to this before. Now that I have, I feel no need to go again. The crowds were just too large to really enjoy it. Lines for food were so long I didn’t bother, though I would have liked to spend money there (after the Womens March dulled their sales) and sample some good food. I also couldn’t see the entertainment. My local Uwajimaya has a much more accessible celebration where I’ve enjoyed sketching.
As I often do, I arrived early. I’d already sketched the China gate a couple years ago. Today I sketched one of many dragons that adorn the utility polls in the district.
The crowds were already forming and the dragon dance had started when it was time to meet up. So we moved on down the sidewalk to be out of the way for our little meeting held before we dispersed to sketch.
I used my reciprocal MOHAI membership to gain entrance to the Wing Luke museum. I’d never been there and today might not have been the best choice. However, it was warm, quiet and not as crowded as I thought it might be. This bit of recreated street scene appealed to me. At the end wall were three potted trees in which little colored tags were tied. The card next to the basket of tags said, “Give New Year Blessings” by writing the person’s name with a special wish on the paper tag, then tie it with string to a branch. I made one for my husband.
I also took a few minutes to walk through some of the exhibits. By then it was time to go back to Hing Hay park to see the Seattle Kokon Taiko troop of Japanese Taiko Drummers. I do like taiko! The crowds was so huge I couldn’t get a good view. So I listened by didn’t try to sketch.
We walked a couple blocks away from the crowds to share our sketches out of the now brooding weather, under the awning of an office building on the transportation plaza.
A few more photos here: https://redharp.smugmug.com/SketchOutings/2017-0129-Lunar-New-Year/