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This Summer You Should Visit Portland, Oregon: The City of Gardens

Often remarked upon for a natural splendor not often seen in major American cities, Portland is also a city of gardens, with an incredible breadth and depth among these public jewels. While planning a vacation this summer, Portland’s vibrant arts, culture, food, and shopping experiences will be excellently paired with visits to these spaces that reconnect you to nature and can even introduce you to the diverse cultural heritages that informed their creation.

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The Power of Portland: Living Traditions Marks Renewed Focus on Portland-Based Programming for Japan Institute

On February 3, more than 200 people gathered in the atrium space of Wieden + Kennedy (W+K), an iconic Portland advertising agency with offices around the world along with deep ties with Japan. The excited crowd filed in to attend the newest installment of Living Traditions, a series of conversations and talks that explore some of the most iconic facets of Japanese culture and traditions.

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2025 Calendar Photo Contest

Be a part of Garden history! We invite our members to submit entries to the 2025 Calendar Photo Contest. With over 2,000 copies sold each year, our popular calendar explores the Garden through the seasons with photography from our members.  To be considered, entries must be postmarked by March 29th, 2024. Winners will be notified by May

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A Token of Good Will and Friendship: The Story of the Sapporo Pagoda Lantern

Of all the many stone lanterns throughout Portland Japanese Garden, none might be as visually arresting as the Sapporo Pagoda Lantern. No matter which way it is approached, through the Wisteria Arbor, the Camellia Tunnel, or along the slope of Cherry Tree Hill, its towering 18 feet draw the eye immediately. Grand and stately, the lantern’s form is that of a goju-no-to, or five-story pagoda.