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Healing Nature: Photography by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Toyo Miyatake Explores the Power of Gardens

(PORTLAND, Ore) October 30, 2020 – Portland Japanese Garden presents art exhibition, “Healing Nature: Gardens and Art of Manzanar” opening Saturday, October 31. The exhibition examines the gardens and art at Manzanar Relocation Center through the lens of three leading twentieth-century photographers to reveal the resilience, perseverance, and resourcefulness of Japanese American internees during World

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Experience Quintessential Autumn at Portland Japanese Garden

(PORTLAND, Ore) October 9, 2020 – Portland Japanese Garden has been proclaimed the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. The urban oasis is most commonly known for its serenity-inducing shades of green. But autumn is a special time of year when the Garden is transformed into a stunning display of color.  Portland Japanese Garden is frequently listed as a top place for

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Portland Japanese Garden Receives National Recognition from American Society of Landscape Architects

Portland Japanese Garden has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) with the Award of Excellence for the Cultural Crossing Project. This is the highest honor of ASLA’s professional design awards program, where each year, submissions are made by the best in landscape architecture from around the globe. The Cultural Crossing Project’s

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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

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A Heartbreaking Day | A Letter from CEO Steve Bloom

Dear Portland Japanese Garden Community Last week was one of the hardest we have faced as an organization. On Wednesday, March 18 we closed the Garden to the public and ceased all programs until further notice. The next day, we made the painful and unprecedented decision to temporarily lay off the majority of our staff,

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Moon Bridge Membership Connects Community

Portland Japanese Garden – a nonprofit cultural organization located in Portland’s Washington Park for more than 50 years – is introducing an access membership to welcome more members in 2020.   In keeping with the organization’s mission to bring the ideals of Portland Japanese Garden to the world: art of craft, connection to nature, and experience

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Portland Japanese Garden Names Edwina Kane as New Director of Development

Portland Japanese Garden announced today the appointment of Edwina Kane as Director of Development. In this role, Kane’s focus will be building upon Portland Japanese Garden’s community connection and growing its philanthropic support while managing a staff of four. Her first day at Portland Japanese Garden is February 10. “Edwina’s combination of strategic thinking, communication

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Artist with Down Syndrome Communicates Through Calligraphy

Since Shoko was a young child, Yasuko Kanazawa has been collecting artwork made by her daughter. Yasuko always knew Shoko had a gift, but was not aware her daughter’s art would become a global inspiration. Born with Down syndrome, Shoko Kanazawa, 34, started studying calligraphy at age five and has since refined her craft to