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About the Collector: Irwin Lavenberg

Learn about the collector behind “Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Changing Tastes in Japanese Woodblock Prints” Irwin Lavenberg has one of the largest and most diverse private collections of Japanese prints in the United States. Yet, he admits he had little exposure to Japanese culture growing up. That changed when he started working for the American branch of

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Community Voices

How the Garden Builds Community Portland Japanese Garden is privileged to have a diverse and loyal group of members, volunteers, and donors. Each has a unique history that compels them to give back to their community (whether that be the City of Portland, immediate circle of friends, or otherwise) through their Garden experience. We’re pleased

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Mimi Gardner Gates Joins International Advisory Board

Support from Around the World Portland Japanese Garden wouldn’t exist without the critical support from advocates from around the world who help to advance the work we do towards fulfilling our mission. One such group of advocates is our International Advisory Board (IAB). Today, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Asian art scholar,

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Extreme Weather and Caring for the Garden

Anticipating and Adjusting to Change Portland Japanese Garden is revered as a place where one can find an intimate connection with nature. Our natural topography and setting within a forest of towering trees combined with intentional design of each garden space allow the heart and mind to open, listen, and take important lessons from nature.   Listening and learning from nature also includes perceiving the signs of climate change. In the past 18

Art Exhibitions

Exhibition Explained: “Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Changing Tastes in Japanese Woodblock Prints”

From November 20, 2021 – January 30, 2022, Portland Japanese Garden will be hosting it’s final art exhibition of the year, “Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Changing Tastes in Japanese Woodblock Prints.” “Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Changing Tastes in Japanese Woodblock Prints” features a selection of Japanese woodblock prints from the diverse collection of Irwin Lavenberg and illuminates

Cultural Festivals

Once-a-Year Flat Garden Scenery

Ichimatsu Pattern Raking During the Harvest Moon Every year at the time of the Harvest Moon and our Moonviewing Festival, Portland Japanese Garden’s gardeners create this special checkered pattern, called ichimatsu moyo (市松模様), with the white sand in the Flat Garden. Moonviewing, or O-Tsukimi in Japanese, is an annual festival and custom of gazing at the full

Virtual Event

Webinar Series: Living Traditions

A Five-Part Program Designed to Examine Iconic Facets of Japanese Culture, from Ancient Roots to Modern Day In fall and winter of 2021, Portland Japanese Garden and the Japan Society are partnering to co-present a five-part webinar series, called “Living Traditions.” Many of today’s most popular and latest trends are rooted in ancient Japanese tradition