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The Oregonian Highlights Portland’s Japan Connection

We’re overjoyed to see Portland Japanese Garden appear in this recent article in the Oregonian on Aug. 3rd. The hand carved wood power boards commissioned from Ainu and Northwestern native artists for the recent Forest of Dreams exhibition, located until recently at the Garden Overlook, are scheduled to be rededicated at their new home at the Oregon Convention Center on Aug. 17th. Through artistic discipline and collaboration, Japanese culture and Northwest native craftsmanship meet in a dialogue of tradition and artistry.

Check out the full article here.

Photo by Jonathan Ley

The power boards were commissioned for “Forest of Dreams,” which was on display at an institution that itself was conceived during the aftermath of World War II as a way to heal the pain of internment and war. In addition to the boards, the exhibition showcased woodcarvings by contemporary artists working in both traditional methods and modern motifs.