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[personal profile] roseambr and I went to the Portland Japanese Garden.



Before today, I'm embarrassed to admit, I had never been to the Japanese Garden. I can't account for this lapse: I'm often in the vicinity, I love formal gardens, everyone raves about it, and it's widely considered one of Portland's Best Things. Admission is less than ten bucks. I have no excuse.

Now that I've been, the fact that people have come to visit me in Portland over the years and gone away again without my ever having treated them to this treasure feels egregiously wrong, and I shall be remedying that oversight with any and all future visitors.

Bronze sculpture of herons and a live mallard duck at a pond in the Japanese Garden
Bronze herons and a real mallard.

Strings of origami cranes, and hundreds of prayers on white paper at the Earthquake Victims Memorial in the Japanese Garden
Strings of origami cranes and hundreds of prayers at a memorial to the earthquake and tsunami victims

View of a pond surrounded by a variety of maples and evergreens with an arched wooden bridge in the background, at the Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden's paths open on one perfect vista after another.

A path and steps of stone rise through peaceful green grounds from a sheltering pavillion at the Japanese Garden
Like this one.

A Square Stone Fountain, fed by a bamboo pipe, its surface reflecting the sky
And the place is full of water and stone.



We left feeling filled with oxygen and peace.

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