MAPLE LEOPARD: A Day at the Portland Japanese Garden

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Day at the Portland Japanese Garden


a day at the portland japanese garden


* This  post is in collaboration with the Portland Japanese Garden.  We received complimentary entrance into the garden, in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own


Happy June, wow how did it get here so fast!?! May was a super busy month for me, and I'm excited to share my latest adventure with you!  I usually visit the Portland area about once a year- in the month of May I visited twice. It is a beautiful Northwest city, and has outstanding outdoor experiences to enjoy.

I've been wanting to visit the Japanese Garden for a long time, and am thrilled I was able to collaborate for this lovely tour.



a day at the portland japanese garden

The Portland Japanese Garden is considered  one of the most authentic gardens outside the country of Japan. As soon as you enter you feel immersed in traditional Japanese culture.

I was hoping to find a  kimono to make the experience even more authentic, but didn't have any luck finding one.  We did get to see volunteers dressed in beautiful kimonos, who demonstrated a Japanese tea ceremony. Unfortunately it was dark under the canopy where it took place, and my pictures did not turn out.

a day at the portland japanese garden

The garden just reopened in early April , after a huge remodel and expansion. A "Cultural Village" was added, which will accommodate the rapid growth.  Visitors can now enjoy more of traditional Japanese experience.

The newly updated space was designed by world renowned architect  Kengo Kuma.  He is also the mastermind behind the National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


a day at the portland japanese garden

When you first enter the garden,  you must hike a little way to get up top where the garden and village are located. No worries, no steep inclines our rock climbing skills needed!  As you ascend , you will pass by the back side of the  sushi restaurant. It seems to sit suspended in air, such a breathtaking scene.

a day at the portland japanese garden

This lovely tour is a great outing for the whole family, and is affordable- even for a large group.  The entrance fee is just 14.95 per person, and less for children.

a day at the portland japanese garden


 History of the Garden

It was inspired in the late 1950's to help the cultural ties between Oregon and Japan.  The garden was built on the site of the old zoo in Washington Park. The ideas was to begin a healing relationship on the heels of World War II.

At this time in history, Japanese gardens were being started up all across the country to help build cultural awareness.  It was a way for Americans to learn about Japanese values , that were spoken of- softly through nature.


a day at the portland japapanese garden

Sitting near this pond, was my favorite part of the experience, so peaceful and quiet.  The water fall crashing softly against the rocks was pure euphoria.


a day at the portland japanese garden

a day at the portland japanese garden

This little guy was so enamored with the large koi fish darting around the pond. Sometimes we can learn so much from observing moments -in the company of babes.


a day at the portand japanese garden

In this very distracted and plugged in world, this place is the perfect respite to seek out peace and quiet.  It's not very often we have the opportunity to unwind, unplug, and enjoy nature.  I shared live coverage of the garden on instagram stories , so no unplugging for me this time!  Next visit I will throw the cell out the window, and bring a book!

a day at the portland japanese garden

Of course I can't get through this post without saying: Dress in style to match the venue. As I mentioned earlier, I was hoping to find a traditional piece to wear , but instead I found this fun
floral dress. Thrift shopping always delivers when you are in a pinch!


Japanese Garden Style




a day at the Portland Japanese garden

Gorgeous shrubs, greenery and flowers decorated every nook and cranny of the garden.  If you plan to visit the Northwest, take wise advice and wait til late spring or summer. That is when the weather is best and everything is in full bloom.

a day at the portland japanese garden




There are several different areas  to navigate in the garden. There are four separate interconnected sections , each with it's own unique features.  Every way you turn,  you'll see a different view.   There was a mossy cover throughout most of the garden, a velvety green carpet.  Each place you land, is a spot to relax , sit and enjoy.

a day at the portland japanese garden


a day at the portland japanese garden

Last but not least: don't miss the breathtaking view of Mount Hood at the back of the garden. I could've stood there all day, taking in this scene. There was some cloud cover, but it was still so beautiful.

The garden is located  near Nob Hill . I never heard of it, and had fun discovering a new area of Porltand, plan to go back and explore it more.  Enjoy all you have planned for summer , and just  maybe you can visit the gardens!  For the latest events and updates: Follow Portland Japanese Garden on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

 Peace, until next time



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43 comments:

  1. Oh what a fun post! I love all the information and we have been wanting to go to Portland for a visit for a while. I love your outfit too! You look amazing! Peace!
    Cheryl Tucker
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

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    1. Thank you Ms. Cheryl!! yes you need to go..so much to see and do there...have a lovely day !
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  2. Love this post! Portland is a beautiful city with so many picturesque landscape. I hope I can go back one day.

    -Blaze Ann
    www.p31beauty.com

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    1. Thank You Blaze, I sure hope you can go back soon!

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  3. What a lovely setting and beautiful gardens! I love your floral dress! So pretty!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Thank you so much Jill, I hope you have a great day!

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  4. I've never been to Portland but is absolutely love to visit this garden!

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    1. Hi Kuleigh, Yes Portland is a great place to visit, I hope get to go soon!

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  5. Just discovered your blog, and I’m in LOVE with it! Amazing layout an content. Love your style, you rock!! Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work. I would like to share good essay writing service reviews

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    1. Thanks Kevin for stopping by and the kind words..have a great day!

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  6. That Japanese garden is gorgeous and your outfit is so perfect for it. Love the sandals and hat, Valerie. =)

    Welcome by and join my new linkup this week (link below). Thanks and enjoy the weekend! <3 Ada.

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    1. Thank you so much Ada! I hope you have a great weekend, and I will drop by your link up!

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  7. What a beautiful place! I've been dying to visit a similar place here in Florida :))

    Rosalyn | www.LynSire.com

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    1. Thank you Rosalyn, I am dying to Visit Florida..never been!

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  8. What a beautiful place. It looks lovely here. Love your outfit too :) Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop

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    1. Thank you so much Claire, thanks for hosting the blog link up every week!

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  9. oh i love visiting japanese gardens in any city! they always look so beautiful and zen! lovely post!

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    1. Thank you ...yes so pretty, my first one to visit!

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  10. wow, what a nice place to take the whole family. I love your outfit! Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Thank you Dhemz, yes its a great family outing! Have a great week!

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  11. This is such a wonderful little respite in the middle of the city! I'm bummed I didn't get a chance to revisit it on my last trip to Portlant.

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    1. yes it is........smack dab in the heart of the city but seems so removed from the business!

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  12. This reminds me of an area in our Botanic Gardens!!! It looks so lovely!!
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodie, Looking forward to meeting you soon!
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  13. I already posted on this post but had to come back and say thank you for joining Ladies Who Link Up and I hope to see you next Friday!
    Cheryl Tucker
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

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    1. Awe thank you cherly, You didnt need to a second time, but I appreciate all you do for the link up!

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  14. Wow so beautiful! Looks so peaceful and love your outfit for the scenery :)

    Trina

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    1. Thank you so much Trina, yes that was the best part....so peaceful!!

      Have a great day!

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      Valerie

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  15. This Japanese gardens look so zen! Thanks for sharing at the Moda Thursday linkup!

    Christine
    www.bonchicstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Christina, they were pretty cool@

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  16. Sounds a little like the Japanese Festival in Houston recently :) looks lovely.

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    1. Thanks Sheela, I need to visit Houston, only been there in the airport..!

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  17. Great summer look. Perfect for a walk in the park. I love the photo with the fish! So cute. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

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    1. Thank you Nicole, thanks for hosting the link up every week!

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  18. I love Japanese gardens! They are so peaceful and gorgeous to walk through! I love your beautiful summer look!

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    1. Thank you Laura, so kind! It was my first time to visit one, it was so peaceful- I loved it!

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  19. One more great place to add on our Portland to-do list!

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    1. Hey Dawn, yes Portland is a fun place...so much more there I need to check out, have fun!

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  20. It certainly looks beautiful there! I'm planning a visit to Japan (for the first time ever) early next year so it was wonderful to see these pictures which is a close second ;)
    Love your floral dress!
    Suzy x
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    1. WOW Suzy that will be cool to see the real thing , I am dying to see Japan, I hope you have an amazing time!

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  21. This looks like a wonderful experience and garden. The pond and bridge is so pretty, as are all of the surroundings. I enjoy going being in nature as well. Love your floral dress, perfect for the outing!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thank you so much Jess, I appreciate your time to stop by...I hope you have an amazing week lovely lady!

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  22. i'll have to remember to visit next time we go to Portland. Looks like a nice spot.

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