Japanese Garden in Portland

When entering a Japanese garden, the desired effect is to realize a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility and to experience the feeling of being a part of nature, and this garden certainly does achieve this. The Portland Japanese Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located within Washington Park in the west hills of Portland, Oregon, USA. The garden is composed of five distinct garden styles.

The Strolling Pond Garden is the largest and contains multiple areas. In one, rocks built into the path are arranged as the Big Dipper constellation. Several ornate or whimsical bridges cross the creeks between ponds. There is also a handmade moon bridge. The Natural Garden has multiple ponds, waterfalls, and streams. Trees, shrubs, ferns, and mosses grow in their natural state. The Sand and Stone Garden contains weathered stones rising from rippled sand suggestive of the ocean. The tranquil rake patterns are often present in karesansui (Japanese rock gardens). The Flat Garden is typical of urban garden design, but here it contrasts with the park’s folds and contours. Raked white sand represents water and vividly contrasts with lawn, moss, evergreens, and azaleas. The Tea Garden has two areas, each devoted to enhancing the tea ceremony: an outer waiting area and an inner garden surrounding the authentic tea house.

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