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From KGW-TV: How Michael Kondo Shaped the Portland Japanese Garden That’s Known Today

Michael Kondo, who worked for Portland Japanese Garden from 1977-2017, at his retirement party smiling in 2018.
Michael Kondo at his retirement party after he left the organization in 2017. Photo by Jonathan Ley.

KGW-TV, Portland’s NBC affiliate, took a look back at the work of former Portland Japanese Garden Head Gardener Michael Kondo, who had been with the organization for 40 years by the time he retired in 2017. As part of Asian American Native Hawai’ian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, Reporter Daisy Caballero took a look back at Kondo’s legacy with the Garden by exploring this article featuring Kondo in his final few weeks with us. You can watch KGW-TV’s piece below.