This Japanese Garden is BEAUTIFUL…and grew way faster than most
Japanese gardens traditionally take hundreds of years to evolve and mature into the beautiful landscapes they are.
They aim to help one realize a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility and to experience the feeling of being a part of nature. Japanese gardens are extremely beautiful, and hundreds can be found outside of Japan.
Coming in at a close second in a study conducted by the ‘Journal of Japanese Gardening,’ the Portland Japanese Garden only took four years to make, opening in 1967. The garden occupies five acres of Washington Park, a public park of the City of Portland.
The Portland Japanese Garden features five sub-gardens, each with its own feel. Features of these gardens are rocks arranged in various styles, authentic pagoda lanterns, creaks, ponds, waterfalls, sand, bridges, a tea house and Japanese style pavilion.
Japanese gardens are asymmetrical in design and reflect nature in idealized form. Traditionally, human scale is maintained throughout so that one always feels part of the environment and not overpowered by it.
The Portland Garden has a slightly larger scale, however, in order to incorporate some of the natural trees and plant life in the area.
Don’t think that just because you’re outside of Japan you can’t get a feel for what a real Japanese garden is like. The Japanese ambassador to the U.S., Nobuo Matsunaga, said "I believe this garden to be the most authentic Japanese garden, including those in Japan."
A pretty bold claim coming from a Japanese citizen!