The Kengo Kuma designed Cultural Village / Photo by Tyler Quinn

Special naming opportunities (see below) in our new Cultural Village, give you, your family, or your organization the chance to showcase and commemorate your support for the Portland Japanese Garden. In addition, all donations to the Cultural Crossing Campaign of $10,000 and above will be recognized on a permanent donor wall at the new Tanabe Welcome Center.

For more information, please email [email protected] or call 503-542-0295.


Naming Opportunities

Opportunities Over $1 Million

Cultural Village … $10 Million

The Kengo Kuma designed Cultural Village / Photo by Tyler Quinn

In Japan, the approaches to a major temple or shrine are often lively areas where visitors and pilgrims partake of services that frame their experience.  These monzenmachi evolved over centuries, reflecting the evolving needs of visitors. Today’s visitors to the Portland Japanese Garden are seeking 21st century amenities, expanded educational offerings, a place to enjoy Japanese tea with each other and the opportunity to shop for authentic Japanese arts and crafts.

The Tsubo-Niwa Garden in front of the Jordan Schnitzer Learning Center. / Photo by Julia Taylor

All of this is now possible in the new Cultural Village situated adjacent to the original garden. The three LEED-certified buildings clustered around a central pedestrian-only courtyard are designed to provide a frame for the garden and the surrounding native forest. With sliding glass walls and intentionally interconnected spaces, Architect Kengo Kuma describes the Village as a floating roof to shelter people as they pursue a variety of activities.

Included in the Village are the following:

  • Yanai Classroom for lectures and classes about Japanese gardens, arts and culture
  • Lemelson Studio and two garden workshops to accommodate the various garden-related classes in pruning, Nobedan stone-paving, bamboo fence-building, ikebana, and bonsai
  • Miller Living Room and Rudd Cultural Corner providing gathering space, tatami platform, and seating for daily demonstrations and performances such as tea ceremony and koto or shamisen concerts
  • Tanabe Gallery for rotating exhibitions of Japanese arts and crafts
  • Tateuchi Courtyard provides outdoor performance and exhibition opportunities along with multiple gathering areas under the Village buildings’ eaves with views of the original garden, new tsubo-niwa garden and the impressive Zagunis Castle Wall built by a 16th generation castle-wall stonemason from Japan
  • Ellie M. Hill Bonsai Terrace exhibits a rotating seasonal display of beautiful bonsai
  • Umami Café serving curated selections of Japanese tea and snacks
  • Garden Gift Shop offering Japanese arts, crafts, and educational materials
  • Vollum Library with its collection of over 2,500 books about Japanese gardens in Japanese and English
  • Bill de Weese Chabana Research Garden growing native Japanese wildflowers for use in tea ceremony

The International Japanese Garden Training Center … $5 Million

Waza to Kokoro hosted by the International Japanese Garden Training Center. / Photo by Jonathan Ley

The International Japanese Garden Training Center takes an innovative approach in its teaching of the interdependence of garden design, culture, and art. It serves the urgent need for professional training for future garden professionals in more than 300 other public Japanese-style gardens throughout North America. The Center focuses on traditional cultural arts such as ikebana, bonsai, tea ceremony, and calligraphy to teach the essential elements of Japanese design and provide the unique cultural context needed for a deep understanding of Japanese gardens. It will serve professionals and amateurs, locally, nationally and internationally, who are passionately interested in Japanese gardens.

Garden House … $5 Million

The Garden House / Photo by Bruce Forster

The second-largest building in the Cultural Village, the Garden House is the heart of gardening work and hands-on educational offerings. The first floor contains the Lemelson Studio and two additional workshop areas for teaching gardening skills such as pruning, Nobedan stone-paving, bamboo fence-building, and bonsai. The Garden Curator and the gardeners have their offices and breakroom on the second floor.

Entry Plaza … $2 Million

The Entry Plaza / Photo by Tyler Quinn

For 50 years, the Garden has existed without any real sense of arrival. The Entry Plaza will entice Washington Park visitors with a remarkable series of cascading lotus ponds and an ethereal Welcome Center. Here, visitors will begin to see the interplay of Japanese design and native plant materials as the hillside ascends and begin their personal journey to the Garden via the antique fate and hillside pedestrian path or accessible shuttle.

Garden Gift Shop … $1 Million

Previously, the Garden Gift Shop occupied 168 sq. ft. in the Garden while generation over $1,000,000 each year, which was an important source of financial support for the Garden. Now moved into its beautiful new space in the Cultural Village, the elegant Gift Shop offers a greatly expanded range of Japanese arts and crafts and educational materials.

Shuttle Road … $1 Million

This road will be named for the donor and is the route for the Shuttle Bus to ferry visitors up and down the 100′ hill. Winding up the hillside, visitors observe the new terraced garden above the Entry Plaza and then move into the native forest. As the Shuttle Bus rounds the final bend, visitors have a full view of the monumental Zagunis Castle Wall contrasting with the welcoming architecture of the Cultural Village.


Opportunities from $500k-$1 Million

Arrival Plaza … $750,000

Zagunis Castle Wall / Photo by Bruce Forster

Visitors who choose the Shuttle Bus to ascend the hillside will arrive in this plaza. The massive Zagunis Castle Wall rises up underneath lush native forest on one side. On the other side, the welcoming architecture of the Jordan Schnitzer Learning Center and Garden House frame the approach to the Cultural Village and Garden’s entrance. A concierge office alongside the Garden House is open to answer questions. Once visitors have completed their visit, benches under protective eaves provide a resting place while they briefly wait for the Shuttle Bus to return them to the Entry Plaza.


Opportunities under $500k

Garden House Workshop … $400,000

This space will accommodate smaller garden workshops for 10-15 students or can be used as a contigious space with the Lemelson Studio for larger workshops or outdoor exhibitions.

Gardeners’ Office Suite … $250,000

Overlooking the Cultural Village and adjacent to the Garden Curator’s Terrace, are the offices for the gardening staff. Senior gardeners will have their own offices and there will be multiple workstations for the other gardeners.

Garden House Break Room … $200,000

A meeting area for the gardening and garden curatorial staff, this area also functions as a break room with a kitchenette for all staff working in the Learning Center, Garden House, and Umami Café. In good weather, activity in the break room naturally flows onto the adjoining Garden Curator’s Terrace.

Kimono Room … $150,000

Tea ceremony has always been practiced and taught at the Portland Japanese Garden. The kimono room adjacent to the Yanai Classroom is designed for kimono robing for students and teachers of tea ceremony.

Welcome Center Office … $150,000

This office will be located in the admissions pavilion along Kingston Avenue and will serve the admissions manager and staff who welcome visitors and sell tickets in the Welcome Center.


Endowed Positions

Garden Curator … $2 Million

Chief Executive Officer … $2 Million

Curator of Culture, Art, and Education … Arlene Schnitzer


Committed Sponsors

Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

Arlene Schnitzer in honor of Jordan Schnitzer

Ellie Murrah Hill Bonsai Terrace

Travers Hill Polak

Jane Stimson Miller Living Room

Prudence Miller

Tanabe Welcome Center

Drs. Calvin and Mayho Tanabe

Tanabe Gallery

Drs. Calvin and Mayho Tanabe

Zagunis Castle Wall

Robert & Deborah Zagunis

Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art, and Education

Arlene Schnitzer

Yanai Classroom

Yanai Family

Umami Café by Ajinomoto

Ajinomoto Group

Sheila Edwards-Leinhart Pathway Bridge

Ross Leinhart

Jubitz Oregon Terrace

Gail & Fred Jubitz

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Garden Studio

Dorothy Lemelson

Tateuchi Courtyard

Tateuchi Foundation

Vollum Library

Dorie & Larry Vollum

Cathy Rudd Cultural Corner

Cathy & Jim Rudd

Dr. Franklin D. Piacentini Executive Suite and Terrace

Dorothy Piacentini

Fukata Concierge Office

Yoko Fukata

Bill de Weese Chabana Garden

The de Weese Family

Crumpacker Garden Curator’s Terrace

Anne & James F. Crumpacker Family

Robert W. Franz Garden Curator’s Suite

Robert W. Franz

Lixil MEP Suite

LIXIL Group

Cultural Village Benches

Family of David Easly, Family of Mildred & Morris Schnitzer, Stephen & Melissa Babson, Wayne & Julie Drinkward, Family of Mark & Doris Storms