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2022 Calendar Photo Contest

Be a part of Garden history! We invite our members to join in our 2022 Calendar Photo Contest. Entries must be postmarked by March 19, 2021. As prizes, the 12 main image winners will each receive 10 calendars, and the inset image winners each get one calendar. We sell over 2,000 copies of the popular

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The Japan Institute

A New Path for Portland Japanese Garden 2020 was a year that tested our individual and collective capacity for distressing news which is why we are so happy to start 2021 announcing a new path for Portland Japanese Garden.   We call it The Japan Institute.  What is The Japan Institute?  The Japan Institute is being created in order to share and expand

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A Legacy-Making Gift

Honoring Ron Herman We are thrilled and humbled to announce a legacy-making gift of $2 million in honor of late International Advisory Board member Ron Herman. The donation was made by his wife and longtime Portland Japanese Garden friend, Jenny Herman. Ms. Herman made the gift to celebrate Ron and recognize his major influence in the field of Japanese gardens internationally.  “Ron was a major influencer on western understanding of the artform and created many of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America” says CEO Steve

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Passing the Torch from Hand to Hand

Announcing Portland Japanese Garden’s New Garden Curator and Chief Curator  This January, Portland Japanese Garden is announcing the promotion of two key leaders at the organization. Sadafumi Uchiyama has been promoted from Garden Curator to the position of Chief Curator and Director of the International Japanese Garden Training Center. Hugo Torii has been promoted from Director of Grounds Maintenance


A Year in Review: 2020 at Portland Japanese Garden

In this year of unprecedented challenges, we are deeply grateful for the support and resilience of our community, staff, and the Garden. Throughout the year, Portland Japanese Garden has reminded us of how nature has the power to heal, uplift, and connect us. Here, we reflect on 2020 and how we grew stronger as a community. Spirits Rising We started the year by commemorating 2020 as the “Year of Peace” in acknowledgement of the 75th anniversary