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Q & A With Cultural Crossing Architect Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma and Associates

The Portland Japanese Garden, for which you designed an expanded campus, is one of the largest outside of Japan. Why do Japanese gardens continue to resonate with people around the world?

The Portland Japanese Garden is unique because of its highly specific combination of the Pacific Northwest climate with Japanese traditional principles. The good thing about the garden is its original design, thanks to the recognition of these specific climatic conditions by the eight garden designers. They brought Japanese tradition to Portland, not by simply copying existing examples in Japan, but by adapting principles to a new situation. This is important because we, as visitors and as Japanese citizens, can feel the essence of the Japanese garden. The garden designers merged this essence with the unique site.

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