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Portland Japanese Garden Collaborates with Kengo Kuma on Major Expansion Opening April 2

MEDIA CONTACT
Erica Heartquist, Communication Specialist
Portland Japanese Garden
Desk: 503-542-9339
Email: eheartquist@japanesegarden.com

News Release – Portland Japanese Garden Grand Opening

Considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside Japan, Portland landmark to open $33.5M Cultural Village on April 2

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Stunning Fall Colors Set Portland Japanese Garden Aflame

MEDIA CONTACT
Erica Heartquist, Communication Specialist
Portland Japanese Garden
Desk: 503-542-9339
Email: eheartquist@japanesegarden.com

The Portland Japanese Garden is a standout in any season but autumn is perhaps the most breathtaking time of year to view its 5.5 acres.

For these few weeks of every year, the Garden’s Japanese maples, woven amongst a curtain of native evergreens, turn to fiery shades of red and gold.

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Outdoor Exhibition Brings Four Bamboo Artists to the Garden, to Bend Nature

MEDIA CONTACT
Erica Heartquist, Communication Specialist
Portland Japanese Garden
Desk: (503) 542-9339
Email: eheartquist@japanesegarden.com

The Portland Japanese Garden will feature two Japanese and two Portland-based bamboo artists in its upcoming Art in the Garden Exhibition, Bending Nature: Four Bamboo Artists in the Garden.

The exhibition is a rare opportunity for visitors to see art situated in three outdoor locations within the iconic Japanese garden. Opening Saturday, August 20, Bending Nature will run for nearly two months, closing on October 16.

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Bonsai Transformed by the American Landscape

MEDIA CONTACT
Erica Heartquist, Communications Specialist
Portland Japanese Garden
Desk: 503-542-9339
Email: eheartquist@japanesegarden.com

Portland Japanese Garden to feature works of American bonsai artist Ryan Neil in American Bonsai: The Unbridled Art of Ryan Neil

For more than a thousand years, the Japanese art of bonsai has intrigued and delighted people with its artistic and painstaking approach to forming trees into beautiful and evocative miniature shapes. Using species native to the American West, bonsai artist Ryan Neil has translated and adapted techniques into an American vernacular. From May 21-June 19, 2016 the outdoor courtyard of the Portland Japanese Garden will host American Bonsai: The Unbridled Art of Ryan Neil, giving Garden visitors the opportunity to see iconic American trees, such as Ponderosa Pines, Douglas Firs, and Coastal Redwoods transformed into living works of art. At any time, the rotating exhibit will showcase a half-dozen (rotating instillations) living art pieces with trees ranging from 100 to 500 years old to create a dialogue about the trees and places that shape American history and culture.

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Portland Japanese Garden Exhibition Distills Design Concepts of Kengo Kuma

MEDIA CONTACT
Lisa Christy, Director of Marketing & Communications
Portland Japanese Garden
Desk: 503-328-0050
Email: lchristy@japanesegarden.com

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2015

Tsunagu: Connecting to the Architecture of Kengo Kuma to Explore Architect’s Vision, Philosophy, Process

This February, the Portland Japanese Garden will host the first exhibition in the U.S. that explores the architecture of Kengo Kuma. The month-long exhibition, held at the Center for Architecture in Portland, is the first major opportunity to formally introduce Kengo Kuma’s ideas to the public by focusing on his design for the Japanese Garden’s Cultural Crossing expansion project. The expansion project is Kuma’s first public commission in North America.

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The Portland Japanese Garden: How Does This Garden Grow?

MEDIA CONTACT
Lisa Christy
Director of Marketing & Communications
The Portland Japanese Garden
Desk: 503-328-0050
Email: lchristy@japanesegarden.com

For Immediate Release
October 1, 2015

CEO Steve Bloom Celebrates 10 Fruitful Years of Leadership

PORTLAND, Ore. – In a decade, the Portland Japanese Garden has transformed from a hidden, local gem to an international thought-leader in Japanese garden arts and culture. Over the last ten years, visitation has increased over 250%. In the last five years, admission revenues have increased an average of 13.5% per year. The organization recently announced a $33.5 million expansion, led by world-renowned “starchitect” Kengo Kuma.  And its Board boasts some of the most influential names in the world. Not too shabby for a nonprofit in Portland, OR.

What’s the secret of its success? A Bloom that cultivates people.

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Portland Japanese Garden Breaks Ground On 18-Month Construction Project

MEDIA CONTACT
Lisa Christy
Director of Marketing and Communications
The Portland Japanese Garden
Desk: 503-328-0050
Email: lchristy@japanesegarden.com

For Immediate Release
August 31, 2015

Portland, Ore. – On Monday, August 31, the Portland Japanese Garden held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the Cultural Crossing expansion project. The Garden will close its gates for the first phase of construction, from Sept. 8, 2015-March 1, 2016.

CEO Stephen Bloom was joined by Jordan Schnitzer, President of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation; Commissioner Nick Fish, City of Portland; and world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma, along with Garden employees, trustees, and volunteers. Kuma reiterated his vision for the expansion: “This project has been a great intersection of client vision, a fantastic site in a great city with culturally minded people, experience of the landscape, and personal philosophy—a lot of passion.”

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Portland Japanese Garden to Feature Sacred Artifacts

MEDIA CONTACT
Lisa Christy, Director of Marketing & Communications
Portland Japanese Garden
Desk: 503-328-0050
Email: lchristy@japanesegarden.com

For Immediate Release
July 27, 2015

From July 21 to August 3, Kasagi: Gates of Hope will tell the story of the two kasagi and the quest to return them to their home in Japan

In 2013, two years after the devastating Japanese tsunami, two large pieces of Shinto shrines washed ashore within a month of each other on two different Oregon beaches. It was obvious that these artifacts were unlike anything else that had washed ashore. Known as kasagi, they were the bowed crossbeams of a torii, or “gate” that marks the entrance to a Shinto shrine. From July 21-August 3, the Portland Japanese Garden will host Kasagi: Gates of Hope, an exhibition describing the incredible story of the Japanese Garden’s mission to return the kasagi to their original home.

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Carving a New Path for an Ancient Art Form

Portland Japanese Garden Features Four Generations of Family Artistry in First U.S. Exhibition for Acclaimed Hakkodo Kamakura Bori

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2015

Media Contact: Lisa Christy
(503) 328-0050
lchristy@japanesegarden.com

Portland, OR — March 16th, 2015 — Traditional artisans are often focused on preserving the ways of the past. But in the midst of cultural progression, one Japanese family is breaking new ground in the art world.

In Kamakura Japan the craftsmanship of carved and lacquered woodwork has been passed down from father to son for 29 generations. Now a woman is starting a new tradition by leading her family’s historic wood carving gallery-workshop. Keiko Goto is building upon the tradition of her ancestors while creating work that is both innovative and uniquely her own. This April, Ms. Goto is bringing four generations of her family’s artistry to the Portland Japanese Garden for its first exhibition in the U.S.

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Living National Treasure to Bring Work to the Portland Japanese Garden

For Immediate Release
May 7, 2014

Media Contact: Lisa Christy
(503) 328-0050
lchristy@japanesegarden.com

Portland, OR — April 15, 2014 — At a time when the traditional Japanese art of urushi (lacquer) is enjoying a renaissance of interest among collectors and designers around the world, the Portland Japanese Garden is pleased to announce the Art in the Garden exhibition, Urushi: Masterpieces of Lacquer Ware by Kazumi Murose, Living National Treasure of Japan (October 25–November 16).

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