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Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

Portland became a sister city with Sapporo, Japan in 1958 and 5 years later made plans for a Japanese Garden. On June 4, 1962, Portland City Council created a commission to establish the garden on the site of the former 5.5 acre Washington Park Zoo. The first meeting of the Japanese Garden Society was held in 1963 and planning for the garden began. Professor Takuma Tono of Tokyo Agricultural University was hired to design and supervise construction of the new garden.

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San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden

San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden

The garden’s 5 acres of strolling paths around Japanese style buildings, a teahouse, koi ponds and streams hold classic Japanese garden elements such as the drum bridge taiko-bashi 太鼓橋, Japanese stone lanterns, serene koi pond and karesansui 枯山水. The large bronze Buddha was cast in Tajima, Japan in 1790, and presented to the garden in 1949 by S & G Gump Company.

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Shofuso Japanese House and Garden   松風荘

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden 松風荘

Shofuso was built in 1953 as a gift from Japan to American citizens, to symbolize post-war peace and friendship between the two countries. The building was constructed using traditional Japanese techniques and materials imported from Japan, and was originally exhibited in the courtyard of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. After two years, it was relocated to Philadelphia and reconstructed in 1958.2 In 1976, a major restoration was conducted by a cadre of Japanese artisans in preparation for the American Bicentennial celebration.

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Kubota Japanese Garden

Kubota Japanese Garden

Designed by Seattle landscape designer and nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota, the elegant landscape of the Japanese Garden offers subtly shifting views along its meandering stroll paths. The coniferous trees surrounding the garden provide a dark backdrop for the bold colors of Japanese maples and meticulously-pruned pines and flowering trees.

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Bloedel Reserve Japanese Garden

Bloedel Reserve Japanese Garden

Designed by Seattle landscape designer and nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota, the elegant landscape of the Japanese Garden offers subtly shifting views along its meandering stroll paths. The coniferous trees surrounding the garden provide a dark backdrop for the bold colors of Japanese maples and meticulously-pruned pines and flowering trees.

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Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

Like many Japanese-style gardens built in the 1950s and ‘60s, the one-acre Japanese-style garden within Descanso Gardens is a peaceful retreat and a collage of familiar elements that emulate a stroll garden, a pond-and-stream garden, a tea garden and teahouse, and a small raked-gravel garden (karesansui).

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Anderson Gardens

Anderson Gardens

From the website: Three of the essential elements used to create a Japanese garden are stone, which form the structure of the landscape, water, representing life-giving force, and plants, which provide the color and changes throughout the seasons. Secondary elements...

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Seike Japanese Garden

Seike Japanese Garden

The Seike Japanese Garden was previously located at the former site of the Des Moines Way Nursery in the City of SeaTac. In danger of being sold due the expansion of SeaTac Airport, the garden was saved by four different governments and the Highline Botanical Garden Foundation. The project is believed to be the largest relocation of a Japanese Garden ever attempted in the United States.

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