Memorial for Earthquake & Tsunami Victims

The March 11 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent hardships faced by people in Japan have been devastating. To serve the community, the Portland Japanese Garden has erected a “Wish Arbor” for people to visit, pray and reflect. Visitors are encouraged to write wishes and condolences for victims of the disasters and tie them to the memorial. The memorial is located by the Pavilion and open to the public during Garden hours.

Excerpt of Anonymous Letter from Sendai

Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even more worthy of that name, I am now staying at a friend’s home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.

During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People sit in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water running in their home, they put out sign so people can come to fill up their buckets.

Utterly amazingly where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in lines. People leave their front door open, as it is safer when an earthquake strikes. People keep saying, ‘Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another.’”


We encourage the support of relief efforts aimed at assisting victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. The Oregon Japan Relief Fund through Mercy Corps and the American Red Cross are both providing emergency aid:

Credit: The New York Times