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Winner of “Best Garden” in Portland

Portland Japanese Garden has won first place in the “Best Garden” category of Willamette Week’s 2020 Best of Portland Readers Poll. With over 240,000 votes cast, we are honored to be recognized by our community and hope to continue to serve as a place of peace and respite right here in Portland. Read the full


Kyoto’s Gion Festival: Warding Off Epidemics for 1150 years

MUSINGS FROM DIANE DURSTON, CURATOR EMERITA For over eleven centuries, Gion Matsuri, one of the oldest and largest continuously celebrated urban festivals in the world, has filled the humid days and nights of mid-July in Kyoto with a powerful spiritual energy. Matsuri, the word for festival in Japanese, comes from the word matsuru, which means

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KOIN 6: Where We Live | Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden was highlighted as a haven for tranquility and beauty in “Where We Live” by Ken Boddie of KOIN 6. Boddie states, “Portland Japanese Garden is like stepping into another world. There are few places in the world quite like it, and it is an important part of where we live.” Watch the

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KGW Highlights the Garden’s Reopening

KGW News joined Portland Japanese Garden for opening day on June 11. Catch a glimpse of the Garden in spring and learn about the changes made to help ensure the safety of our all our guests, here.  Read more about our reopening during COVID-19, here. 

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Portland Japanese Garden Reopens Providing Peace, Healing

(Portland, Ore.) – Portland Japanese Garden will reopen to the public June 11, the first of the cultural organizations in Portland to do so. According to Garden leaders, reopening could not come at a more important time.   Founded shortly after the end of World War II, the organization is dedicated to ideals of peace and


Patience: Miroku Bosatsu, the Buddha of the Future

Musings from Diane Durston, Curator Emerita Out on the western outskirts of Kyoto lies the quiet Buddhist temple of Koryuji — esoteric, often overlooked, and one of the oldest in Japan. It is the home of the Miroku Bosatsu, the Bodhisattva of the Future, wooden, simple, and timeless. A bodhisattva is an enlightened person who

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Creativity in Isolation

How Japanese Art Presents a Fitting Case for Our Times Topographically and Botanically-inspired Japanese Art Show at Harvard brings a fitting narrative to our own period of isolation Over millennia, Japanese gardens have always been an indispensable part of Japanese architecture and art, but they perhaps became the most visible and critical part of the