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April 2016 Garden Path

Inside April’s special 12-page Garden Path:

RESPONSIBLY GROWING A GREEN GARDEN (Page 1)

“April 22 is Earth Day. It’s a time when the importance of environmental responsibility is top of mind. But as an organization that is so deeply tied to nature, every day is Earth Day at the Portland Japanese Garden.”

FROM THE CEO (Page 2)

“With the Cultural Crossing project, we are in the heart of a renewal project for the Garden. Glimpses of the future can already be seen. The steel frames of the buildings are taking shape. And every day I see the steady progress our incredible construction team is making.”

CULTURAL CROSSING: ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS (Page 4)

“The Garden’s gates have reopened and it has been wonderful having you, our Members, back for the first time since construction began in September. For many of you, these return trips have inspired questions about our Cultural Crossing expansion project.”

THE CASTLE WALL STORY: THE BALLET OF BOULDERS (Page 5)

“Twenty feet high and 140 feet long, the Castle Wall at the Portland Japanese Garden will be a monument to what many hands can accomplish, working together. As visitors approach the Garden, this wall will rise up to meet them, transporting their imaginations to another place and time. As a multi-part series, we are telling the stories of the people, traditions, and stones that make up this one-of-a-kind creation.”

THE WAY OF TEA: A PURSUIT OF STILLNESS, SIMPLICITY, AND GRACE (Page 11)

“This month, the Garden will again offer free public demonstrations of Chado – the Way of Tea. The Way of Tea is intrinsically linked to Japanese gardens and understanding the kokoro (heart) of Japanese gardening. As such an important component, we want to delve into helping our readers understand the complexities of Chado and what makes it such an inspiring practice.”

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March 2016 Garden Path

Inside March’s special 12-page Garden Path:

WELCOME BACK MEMBERS (Page 1)

“On March 1, just as Portland is turning to the soft breezes and opening buds of spring, the Portland Japanese Garden will welcome visitors to return to our five familiar landscapes. From new leaf growth on our Japanese maples, to pink petals appearing on our 75-year-old weeping cherry tree, Members will have plenty of springtime sights to enjoy.”

WELCOME BACK FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIP MANAGER (Page 2)

“Welcome back, Members! We’ve all missed seeing you in the tranquil setting of the Garden in the early hours of our work day—and we know you’ve missed your regular visits. It was wonderful, however, to see so many members at the variety of locations where the Garden hosted events over the past six months—from the Introduction to Sake at Union/Pine and the Wine Tastings at the Torii Mor Winery in Dundee, to our free Japanese Movie Night at OMSI and all of last month’s events surrounding Tsunagu: Connecting to the Architecture of Kengo Kuma at the Center for Architecture and Portland Art Museum.”

VOLUNTEERS SHARE THE GARDEN: WELCOMING BACK VISITORS (Page 5)

“Many Portland Japanese Garden Volunteers have logged more years at the Garden than even some staff have. They offer a unique perspective helping visitors experience and see the Garden in a new way each time they enter. As the Garden welcomes back visitors, the Volunteers reflect on their own special moments in the Garden and what members might look for the next time they’re strolling through.”

BE A PART OF THE GARDEN’S FUTURE (Page 5)

Since the Garden went public last July with the news of our Cultural Crossing expansion project, many members have asked about the financial status of this project. We have good news to share with you about the project, in fact, the very best of news—it’s on time and on budget. We are now 1/3 of the way through construction with another 12 months to go.”

BLOOM HONORED BY JAPANESE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Page 10)

“On December 9th 2015, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it was awarding the Foreign Minister’s Commendation to Portland Japanese Garden CEO Steve Bloom. This award is bestowed on individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in the promotion of friendship between Japan and the United States.”

KIZUNA: REMEMBERING THE GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE (Page 11)

“When the Garden returned the kasagi back to Japan last October, Ambassador Kennedy observed that ‘the Pacific Ocean is not something that divides us but is something that connects us.’ Such a special sentiment is echoed in the Japanese word kizuna meaning the ‘bonds’ that hold us all together. In the spirit of kizuna, we will continue to find ways to help. At the same time, we will stay encouraged for the country’s recovery. Gambare Nihon—be strong Japan.”

Plus news about special Gateway Member events. (Page 2)

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February 2016 Garden Path

Inside February’s special 12-page Garden Path:

TSUNAGU: CONNECTING TO THE ARCHITECTURE OF KENGO KUMA (Page 1)

“The Tsunagu exhibition is designed to be enjoyed by people of all backgrounds. Guest Curator Balazs Bognar says, ‘Kengo Kuma’s work is felt on a fundamental level, so we’re putting several ‘layers’ into the exhibition so the experience is immersive. It will be rewarding for those just visiting, for those wanting to understand key concepts, and for those who really want to get into the details.’”

FROM THE CEO (Page 2)

“I’ve heard from many people about how much they’ve missed visiting the Garden. And I’ve heard more than once, ‘Will it be worth it?’ The Cultural Crossing expansion is no small undertaking and there is still much to do as construction continues through 2016 even after we reopen next month. But when we see the final results at the official Grand Opening in 2017, I assure you it will indeed be worth it.”

GARDEN’S MARCH 1 REOPENING JUST ONE MONTH AWAY (Page 4)

“Spring: a time of rebirth. The earth slowly turns her face to the sun, the weather warms, and colorful blossoms peek out after a long winter’s nap. It’s an exhilarating time in any garden but this will be an especially exciting spring for the Portland Japanese Garden as we welcome our Members back to the Garden after six long months. Gardener Justin Blackwell points out what members will experience upon their return.”

DONOR PROFILE: CHEF NAOKO (Page 5)

“When Naoko Tamura arrived in Portland in 2007 with a plan to open a Japanese restaurant that served only fresh, natural food, she didn’t intend to begin a relationship with the Portland Japanese Garden. Fortunately for us, Garden Curator Sadafumi Uchiyama took note of her arrival in the local Japanese community newspaper Yuuyake Shimbun, and an introduction was made.”

THE CASTLE WALL STORY: BOLTS AND FEATHERS, BOULDERS AND BRAWN (Page 9)

“Master stone mason Suminori Awata walked from stone to stone, carefully observing the workers’ progress. The goal was to cut over 800 tons of Baker Blue granite into long, large foundation pieces. The 55 cornerstones will support an authentic medieval Castle Wall, a key feature of the Cultural Crossing expansion.”

Plus news about special Gateway Member events. (Page 3)

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January 2016 Garden Path

Inside this special 12-page issue:

NEW YEAR, NEW CONNECTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES: A NOTE FROM BOARD PRESIDENT CATHY RUDD (Page 1)

“As 2016 unfolds, we’ll see the expansion’s new buildings and landscapes—and the Garden’s future—emerging before our eyes. The Garden’s changes will, most obviously, be visual. We’ll see a medieval Castle Wall rising on the west end of the new plaza. New landscapes will appear on the hill leading up from the new admission gate. But it’s also transforming within.”

FROM THE CEO (Page 2)

“The Garden’s mission continues to evolve as we strive to share the Garden’s beauty and resources with an ever-growing community. I am thrilled to see how our friendships around the globe bring new, authentic experiences to our members, from Japanese artist exhibitions to our gardener exchange program.”

FIRST-EVER KENGO KUMA EXHIBITION IN U.S. AT CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE (Page 4)

“This February, the Portland Japanese Garden will begin our 2016 Art in the Garden season with an off-site exhibition featuring the work of architect Kengo Kuma. Tsunagu: Connecting to the Architecture of Kengo Kuma will be the first-ever exhibition in the U.S. that explores the architecture of Kengo Kuma.”

THE CASTLE WALL STORY: HUNTING FOR BLUE GRANITE IN OREGON’S EASTERN PLAIN (Page 9)

“Finding a source for stones of this size and hardness is no easy task—rocks that big don’t grow on trees! Garden Curator Sadafumi (Sada) Uchiyama knew of a quarry outside of Pendleton, Oregon, which produces fine-grained, azure-tinted granite called Baker Blue. The property is managed by Dan Dunn, owner of Alpine Boulder Company, who only opens the quarry for very special projects, such as the Cultural Crossing expansion.”

VOLUNTEERS SHARE THE GARDEN: LEARNING TO SEE (Page 10)

“Volunteer Barbara Bell says that in spite of her frequent contact with the Garden, giving tours keeps it feeling fresh. ‘The Garden and the people who come to see it are every-changing,’ she says. When she takes people through the Garden’s five landscapes, ‘I too am seeing the Garden as if for the first time. The Garden is a precious friend.’”

Plus news about special Gateway Member events and promotions. (Page 3)

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November/December 2015 Garden Path

Inside this issue:

  • A Snip in Time Saves Nine: Gardeners Prune for Winter
  • Gardener Exchange Offers New Opportunities to Share Resources
  • From the CEO
  • Afternoon at Torii Mor Winery for Gateway Members
  • Celebrating 75 Years of Flowers
  • Jasmine Pearl Tea Tasting for Gateway Members
  • Japanese Currents Film Series at Northwest Film Center
  • Coming in January
  • Culturalcrossing.com/stay-updated; Built with Many Hands for Many Generations
  • Happy Holidays!
  • Haiku, by Peter Kendall
  • The Golden Crane Society
  • Tribute Gifts & Donations
  • Global Ambassadors
  • Cultural Crossing Contributions
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September/October 2015 Garden Path

Inside this issue:

  • Groundbreaking: A Day to Remember
  • From the CEO
  • Garden Closed for Construction
  • Gateway Member Introduction to Sake
  • Afternoon at Torii Mor Winery for Gateway Members
  • Retain, Reuse, Relocate: Preparing the Site for the Garden’s Expansion
  • From the Garden E-store
  • Members’ Minutes
  • Haiku, by Peter Kendall
  • Golden Crane Corporate Member Profile: Bamboo Sushi
  • Cheers to Your Support
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August 2015 Garden Path

Inside this issue:

  • GAKU-MC with Special Guests the Von Trapps
  • From the CEO
  • Behind the Shoji
  • Kasagi: Gates of Hope
  • Twilight Hours for Supporting and Sponsor Members
  • O-Bon, the Spirit Festival
  • Chado, the Way of Tea
  • Photography Member Social at Sunset
  • Evening Hours for Members
  • Coming in September
  • Members’ Minutes
  • In the Garden Gift Store
  • Cultural Crossing
  • Haiku, by Peter Kendall
  • Meet Ann and John Symons Golden Crane Legacy Members
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July 2015 Garden Path

Inside this issue:

  • Behind the Shoji
  • From the CEO
  • Chado, the Way of Tea
  • Tanabata: The Star Festival
  • Twilight Hours for Supporting and Sponsor Members
  • Kasagi: Gates of Hope
  • Behind the Shoji: Member Preview Reception
  • Photo Member Hours
  • The Portland Japanese Garden Presents Gaku-MC
  • Member Tour: Let Us Show You Japan
  • Special Edition Newsletter Kasagi: Gates of Hope
  • Behind the Shoji Preview
  • Haiku, by Peter Kendall
  • Welcome Tom Cirillo
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June 2015 Garden Path

Inside this issue:

  • Art in the Garden: Art Reborn From the Rubble
  • From the New Board of Trustees President
  • Kizuna: The Rebirth of Mashiko Ceramics
  • Twilight Hours for Supporting and Sponsor Members
  • Chado, The Way of Tea
  • Photo Member Hours
  • Tanabata: The Star Festival
  • Gardeners’ Corner
  • In the Garden Gift Store
  • Stay Connected with the Garden
  • Haiku, by Peter Kendall
  • Member Profile: Sapporo Beer
  • Reciprocal Member Access
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May 2015 Garden Path

Inside this issue:

  • Around the Garden: A Path More Traveled
  • From the CEO
  • Annual Meeting of the Membership
  • Reciprocal Member Access
  • Hakkodo, the Artisans of Kamakura Golden Crane Members Reception
  • Ohara Ikebana Exhibition
  • Writing Workshop with Jill Kelly
  • Chado, the Way of Tea
  • Kodomo no Hi, Children’s Day
  • Bonsai Society of Portland Exhibition
  • Sogetsu Ikebana Rose Festival Exhibition
  • Kizuna: The Rebirth of Mashiko Ceramics
  • Haiku, by Peter Kendall
  • More Serenity, Less Driving
  • In the Garden Gift Store
  • Twilight Hours for Supporting and Sponsor Members
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