Escape to Portland Japanese Garden
With months of quarantine, travel restrictions, and a new way of living, it’s no wonder we’re all looking for ways to cope in the age of COVID-19. An escape to a Japanese garden like Portland Japanese Garden might be just the answer you need.
- Experience another country without taking a flight – Transport yourself to Japan by visiting a Japanese garden to see an authentic tea house and hear the distant clunk of a bamboo shishi odoshi, or deer chaser.
- Being outside is healthy – There’s increasing evidence that being outside is the safest way to get out of the house while staying healthy and socially distanced.
- It will be your most popular Instagram post – With the picturesque bridges, meandering paths, and photogenic Koi fish, it’s hard to take a bad photo at a Japanese garden. Your followers will thank you for not posting another photo of your #dinnerathome.
- Water Under the Bridge – One day we can say that about 2020. But for now, walking over bridges helps the mind and body move forward.
- Zig Zag Bridges Offer Different Perspectives – Life looks different when you turn a corner and look from another perspective. You might even think of some silver linings from COVID-19.
- Japanese gardens are designed for every season – So no matter when you go, it’s always looking its best.
- Embracing Wabi Sabi – This Japanese concept of seeing the perfection in the imperfection is especially helpful as we’re trying to deal with everything from home schooling to home hair coloring.
- They’re relevant in this age of racial reckoning – Many Japanese gardens, like Portland Japanese Garden, were established in the U.S. after World War II as a way for two cultures to come together on common ground. They promote the importance of an open heart, tolerance, and mutual understanding.
To purchase tickets, see: tickets.japanesegarden.org
For information on visiting, see: japanesegarden.org/reopening