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Member Lottery of Shimenawa Rope

Portland Japanese Garden Members have a unique opportunity to purchase the Garden’s shimenawa, which was recently on display in celebration of the new year. Shimenawa are stylized and twisted rice straw ropes used for ritual purification and can be found at Shinto Shrines, Torii gates, and trees and landmark rocks in Japan. They indicate the

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2022 in Review

2022 was an incredible year for Portland Japanese Garden and Japan Institute. Take a look below at all the exciting events, gatherings, and exhibitions that took place not only here in Portland, but around the world.

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2022 Media Coverage of Portland Japanese Garden

2022 was a memorable year for media coverage for Portland Japanese Garden. With captivating art exhibitions, international programming, and the everlasting beauty of the Garden itself, a broad range of media outlets, both in topic as well as geography made us part of their coverage. To close the year, we have selected our best coverage of 2022 in the below summary.

Japan Institute Garden Path Art Exhibitions

Making the Ephemeral Timeless

Earlier this year, the Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden announced that the internationally-acclaimed Sasaki had been selected as the organization’s very first artist-inresidence. Over two separate journeys east from her homebase of Kanazawa, Japan, Sasaki will be collecting Portland Japanese Garden’s plant life for a 2023 exhibition – Subtle Intimacy: Here and There on show from March 18 – June 12, 2023.