Start the new year right with a visit to Portland Japanese Garden. On January 1st we open for members and their guests and will commemorate the holiday with a tranquil and refreshed atmosphere. There will be hot tea served all day, free tours of the Garden, and traditional Japanese New Year’s décor.
Take a stroll around the Garden where you will see traditional arrangements of pine, bamboo, and plum–the “three friends of winter”– either affixed to pillars (sho-chiku-bai / 松竹梅) or in plantings at gates (kadomatsu / 門松). These small decorative displays are where the toshigami (Shinto gods of the incoming year) are said to be manifest, bringing good health and prosperity for the year ahead.