‘Bringing nature in’: Japanese gardens speak to the moment

  • James Florio/Portland Japanese Garden via AP

    This photo provided by Portland Japanese Garden shows their Cultural Village and its entry garden.

  • Garry Belinsky/Portland Japanese Garden via AP

    This photo provided by Portland Japanese Garden shows the view approaching the Cultural Village from the Sheila Edwards-Lienhart Bridge.

  • Tyler Quinn/Portland Japanese Garden via AP

    This photo provided by Portland Japanese Garden shows their Tea House as viewed from the Tea Garden after Rain.

  • Jack Jakobsen/Portland Japanese Garden via AP

    This photo provided by Portland Japanese Garden shows two pavement styles in their Natural garden.

Japanese-style gardens first caught the public imagination in the U.S. at an 1893 world exposition in Chicago, became a sought-after feature in Gilded Age estates, and were later adapted to open-plan modernist homes.

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