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Behind the Shoji at the Japanese Garden: Gifts, Art and Culture

Behind the Shoji 2014
Behind the Shoji 2014Elizabeth R. Rose

The Portland Japanese Garden has delights for visitors in every season. Right now, through September 1st, 2014 you can enjoy the beauty of Behind the Shoji. The simplicity, balance and beauty of Japanese art and Japanese-inspired arts and crafts will entrance you as you walk from table to table admiring the works.

When you visit the Japanese Garden, stop by the large Pavilion Gallery and see this exhibition/sale. The cost is included with your admission.

You will see ceramics, fanciful figures, silk art, photography, jewelry and Japanese clay figures. Enjoy artist demos on the weekends and incorporate a stroll through the beautiful Garden as part of the full experience.

The day we went, the garden was well-attended yet you could find peaceful corners under trees to sit, meditate and enjoy the beauty.There are five gardens to explore. Each has a different style and level of formality. We spent time exploring The Natural Garden with multiple ponds, waterfalls, and streams. Trees, shrubs, ferns, and mosses grow in their natural state in this less formal garden.

The huge koi attracted visitors and thrilled the children as they swam under walkways and bridges.

The Portland Japanese Garden is located in Washington Park in Portland’s west hills.

Address: 611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR,

There is a charge for parking and for entry to the garden. There is a free shuttle from the parking area to the gate.