Saturday, September 3

Portland Japanese Garden

Visited these beautiful 5.5 acre gardens today. Upon entering a Japanese Garden the hope is to realize a sense of peace, harmony and tranquility. The garden has been proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside Japan. The garden was designed by Professor Takuma Tono in 1963.

This is the Wisteria Arbor which leads to the antique 5-tiered stone pagoda lantern given to Portland from its Sister City in Japan.

Part of the Natural Garden which winds its way down the south hillside. Other features include ponds, waterfalls and shallow streams. Trees, shrubs, fens and mosses grow in their natural form.

Another beautiful feature of the Natural Garden

The Flat Garden is designed using a sea of raked sand. The two islands of green represent a sake cup and bottle which signifies the pleasure and wish for the visitor's happiness.

Waterfall feature at the gardens

The Poetry Stone. The haiku reads "Here, miles from Japan, I stand as if warmed by the spring sunshine of home"
The Sand and Stone Garden featuring weathered stones rising from a bed of gravel. This garden style is typically found in Zen monasteries.

A stone pathway

Koi swimming at the lower pond of the Zig Zag Bridge

Garden feature and view of garden

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