Stone Lantern

Stone Lantern

Nestled in the West Hills of Washington Park, the Portland Japanese Garden overlooks the city and provides a tranquil, urban oasis. Originally designed in 1963 and recently remodeled, it encompasses 12 acres with eight separate garden styles. The use of stone, water, and plants reflect nature in idealized form. Truly, this is a place to discard worldly thoughts and concerns and see oneself as a small but integral part of the universe. One of my nephews shared his love of this spot with us. The Tanabe Gallery displayed Woodblock Kabuti Prints from the Lavenberg Collection. These colorful examples of commercial prints used chiseled planks of cherry wood, a different one for each color. The Pavilion Gallery presented a selection of silk Kabuki costumes from Shochiku Co. Ltd. In Tokyo, hand-dyed and lavishly embroidered. Two that I particularly liked were both worn by the character Mluraya Agemaki. The only negative about our visit involved the smoke from regional fires that reduced our view of Mount Hood.

Crescendo

Crescendo

We did a circle walk around the International Rose Test Garden which is celebrating its centennial this year. My favorite roses include “Just Joey,” “Strike It Rich,” “Barbra Streisand,” and “Crescendo.” Surprisingly, there weren’t any August weddings taking place in the Shakespeare Garden where one of nephews wed in June several years ago.

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