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60th Anniversary Celebration at the Garden

Join us in an all-day celebration that will feature a special anniversary ikebana display and cultural demonstrations that showcase our rich history of community partnerships and educational offerings, as well as family-friendly activities.


  • 10:00am – 3:00pm | Origami folding in the Yanai Classroom
  • 10:30am – 11:30am | Tea Ceremony in the Cathy Rudd Cultural Corner
  • 1:15pm – 2:30pm | Takohachi Q performances in East Pavilion Veranda (also known as the Mt. Hood Overlook)

The Umami Café will have a special menu item throughout the month of September. They will be serving a manju with a Crane design symbolizing longevity and good fortune.

There will be a special ikebana arrangement on the Pavilion Gallery deck.

The afternoon will transition into a special evening event just for members.

Our History

 In 1963, our organization was founded when Portland civic leaders banded together to build a Japanese garden on the site of an abandoned old zoo in Washington Park. These individuals wanted to provide the citizens of Portland with a garden of great beauty and serenity and forge a healing connection to Japan on the heels of World War II.

Today, Portland Japanese Garden is known globally as the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan and the preeminent Japanese cultural organization in North America.

See here if you’re looking for information on our 60th Anniversary Gala in October.