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Peace and Tranquility in the Japanese Garden

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Portland Japanese Garden is one year away from celebrating 50 years of being open to the public. 50 years of offering thousands of visitors the chance to escape the city–even escape the United States–and experience the peaceful beauty of a traditional Japanese landscape. With over 200,000 visitors per year, the Garden is becoming a major destination for both residents and travelers in the Northwest.

Designed to reflect traditional Japanese style, there are five types of gardens present, which include the Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, Tea Garden, Natural Garden, and Sand and Stone Garden. According to the Japanese Garden website, the three elements which make up a traditional Japanese garden include stone, the “bones”, water, the “life-giving force”, and plants, the “tapestry of the four seasons”.

This quote by the designer of the Portland Japanese Garden, Professor Takuma Tono, describes the purpose and meaning behind traditional Japanese gardens.

“A Japanese Garden is not only a place for the cultivation of trees and flowering shrubs, but one that provides secluded leisure, rest, repose, meditation, and sentimental pleasure…

The Garden speaks to all the senses, not just to the mind alone.”

During your visit to Portland, it is highly recommended you experience the Japanese Garden. Rich with culture, art and history, the Garden is an educational experience as well as a place of serenity, peace and reflection. The exquisite grounds are only blocks from Portland’s Nob Hill neighborhood, and are adjacent to the International Rose Test Garden.

The Japanese Garden offers daily tours, both public and private, and is open seven days a week year-round (except major holidays). For more information about the Garden, visit the website.

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