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Nurtured by Nature: How Japanese Gardens Support our Bodies and Minds

“When we are surrounded by nature, a feeling of comfort comes over us and our bodies become relaxed. Most of us would intuitively recognize this feeling, but until recently we haven’t had any evidence to prove it.” – Yoshigumi Miyazaki, excerpt from his book Shinrin Yoku At Portland Japanese Garden, we have been studying the

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Gardener’s Mind, Beginner’s Mind

When Tim Gruner joined the Portland Japanese Garden’s Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart professional training seminar at its launch in 2016, he did so as a gardener with 30 years of hands-on experience. As part of the staff at Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Ill., he worked under the direction of Hoichi Kurisu, himself

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Portland Japanese Garden Offers Free Admission to Furloughed Federal Employees and their Families

Portland Japanese Garden is offering free admission for furloughed federal employees and their families during the partial government shutdown. The Garden joins its Washington Park partner, the Oregon Zoo, in this effort to ease the financial burden for federal employees in our community. “We hope a visit to Portland Japanese Garden will ease stress and

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2019: The Year in Festivals

Experience a year of Japanese celebrations with the Garden’s annual cultural festivals March 3, 2019 Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival A treat for the whole family, Hina Matsuri includes activities like yukata dress up, a children’s ikebana workshop, and viewing of the seven-tiered display of festival dolls.   May 5, 2019 Kodomo-no Hi, Children’s Day

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Cultural Crossing Expansion Project Awarded LEED Gold

We are thrilled to announce that Portland Japanese Garden has officially achieved LEED Gold Certification for its Cultural Crossing Expansion. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building. The LEED certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions, and a healthier environment. Projects pursuing LEED


Inhabit a Kengo Kuma Creation

“You’ll applaud the execution of the Suteki house. Rooms facing the backyard completely open to a yellow cedar deck and landscaping designed by Sadafumi Uchiyama, Curator of Portland Japanese Garden,” The Oregonian, July 2017 World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma’s Cultural Village at Portland Japanese Garden has transformed the landscape with a beautiful harmony of garden and

From the Archives

A Year in Stories: Five Favorite Stories from 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, we’ve pulled together some favorite articles from our website that help tell the story of 2018 at Portland Japanese Garden. Of course this selection only tells a small portion of all the stories that made up the year.  Dig into our news feed and seek out 2018 issues of