On April 2, 2017, the Garden unveiled its $33.5 million Cultural Crossing expansion project. Built upon the organization’s celebrated legacy, this expansion represents the future of the Portland Japanese Garden. This step forward honors the beauty and tranquility of the five traditional gardens, and makes room to welcome the hundreds of thousands of guests from around the world who flock to the Garden to experience the essence of nature and spirit of peace. It offers new and exciting opportunities to discover the richness and wisdom of Japanese culture. Cultural Crossing is the vision of the Garden’s leaders, past and present.
The centerpiece of the expansion is a Cultural Village designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma. Kuma is one of the most significant contemporary Japanese architects working today. He believes the study of place is essential to integrating a project with its surroundings. The Cultural Village provides a place where visitors can immerse themselves in traditional Japanese arts through seasonal activities, performances, and demonstrations in the Tateuchi Courtyard.