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Our Collective Sympathy on This Sad Day, a Letter from CEO Steve Bloom

In light of the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Portland Japanese Garden CEO Steve Bloom wrote this letter to our members. A version translated into Japanese is below.

Dear Portland Japanese Garden Members,

Last night’s assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is an unspeakable tragedy for the country of Japan, its people, and for everyone around the world. Portland Japanese Garden sends our deepest sympathy and condolences to Prime Minister Abe’s family, the people of Japan, and in particular our local Japanese community at this very difficult time.

Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Abe have been supporters of Portland Japanese Garden since 2016. It was their hope to one day visit the Garden. Mr. Abe continually worked to enhance the US – Japan relationship and was always aware and encouraging of the work we do here at the Garden to inspire harmony and peace.

On Wednesday, July 13, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Portland Japanese Garden will reopen its gates after hours for a quiet evening where our community can come together to support one another through peace and reflection. We hope you may find solace in the serenity of nature.

With deepest sympathy,

Steve Bloom
CEO, Portland Japanese Garden




安倍元総理ご夫妻には、2016年からポートランド日本庭園をご支援いただいておりました。 いつの日かこの庭園を訪れることがご夫妻の希望でした。安倍元総理は日米関係の更なる強化に精力的に取り組まれており、庭園と文化を通じて調和と平和を希求するこの日本庭園の活動を応援し、励ましてくださいました。

来る 7月13日(水) 午後5-7時 、ポートランド日本庭園は開園時間外に門を開き、私たちコミュニティーが緑の中で安寧を考え、平和を願い、お互いをサポートするための時間をご提供致しますので、宜しければお越しください。

ポートランド日本庭園 CEO