The Japan Institute can be best understood as the next evolution of Portland Japanese Garden. These sibling organizations share a vision – to be a leading global voice for cultural understanding, in pursuit of a more peaceful, sustainable world.
The Japan Institute is being created in order to share and expand programs of Portland Japanese Garden more broadly around the world, expand international partnerships, and continue to engage diverse people in shared experiences and conversations about peace, beauty, and connection of nature.
Simply put, creating it is the next step in realizing the organization’s mission:
Innovative programs, global collaborations, and experiential education for youth and adults are the hallmarks of The Japan Institute, organized around three centers:
- Global Center for Culture and Art
- International Exchange Forum
- International Japanese Garden Training Center
The core of these three centers is the Garden itself, informing and responding to the programs around it.
Japan Institute Campus
The campus for the Japan Institute is located on a 3.65 acre satellite site, merely 3 miles from Portland Japanese Garden. The property, previously owned by The Salvation Army, is located near Forest Park in Northwest Portland. It is a beautiful setting that includes a building designed by one of Oregon’s most prolific architects, A.E. Doyle.
As part of the renovation of the property, acclaimed architect, Kengo Kuma and his team will partner with Portland-based Bullseye Glass Company to transform what is currently an aging chapel into an auditorium and performance center.
Path to Peace Campaign for Japan Institute
The purchase of the property along with the renovation and programming for the Japan Institute is made possible by generous Garden donors and fundraising is still ongoing. For inquiries on supporting the Japan Institute, please reach out to our Director of Philanthropy, Claire Eisenfeld at [email protected] or 503-542-0281. The proposal can be viewed below.
Japan Institute Updates (articles & videos)
- 2022 Media Coverage including that of Japan Institute (12/16/2022)
- Peace Symposium Tokyo: The Light and Hope of Peacemaking (12/15/2022)
- Making the Ephemeral Timeless (12/15/22)
- Japan Institute to Present Peace Lantern to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (11/22/2022)
- Yumi Fuzuki Poetry Reading at Tokyo Peace Symposium (10/25/2022)
- Japan Institute Campus Renovation Update (10/3/2022)
- KOIN-TV Covers Peace Programming in Tokyo (10/20/2022)
- Japan Institute to Host Inaugural Peace Symposium in Tokyo, Japan (9/12/2022)
- Symbolizing Friendship and Casting the Light of Everlasting Peace (8/5/2022)
- Video: Celebrating the Future Home of the Japan Institute
- Celebrating the Purchase of the Japan Institute Property
- Kengo Kuma to Design the Crown Jewel of Japan Institute Campus
- Shared Mission of Portland Japanese Garden and Japan Institute
- Ron & Jenny Herman’s Legacy-Making Gift
- A New Path for Portland Japanese Garden
From the International Exchange Forum: Peace Programming
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