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SPREAD PEACE: Wish Tree by Yoko Ono

A close up of the Wish Tree. Courtesy of Nobel Peace Center, photo by Asle Olsen

Japan Institute and Portland Japanese Garden will be partnering with the Nobel Peace Center, Yoko Ono’s studio and public gardens around the world to feature a global Wish Tree installation. The Wish Tree is an interactive artwork created by acclaimed artist and global peace advocate Yoko Ono. Ono, who was 12 years old and living in Japan when nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, has spent more than six decades rallying for disarmament.

The Wish Tree. Photo by Christian Tunge/Nobel Peace Center © Yoko Ono


From June 7-10, guests to Portland Japanese Garden will be invited to reflect and write their wishes for peace that will then be tied to the Wish Tree’s branches. After its presence here concludes, the wishes are preserved and continue on in connection with the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Reykjavík, Iceland, to join the chorus of global citizens calling for peace. Portland Japanese Garden and Japan Institute, which have a shared mission of Inspiring Harmony and Peace, is honored to participate in this project that promotes peacemaking through culture, art, and nature.