I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

What-To-Do Wednesday - Virtual Visits: Portland Japanese Garden

If you want to get your dose of culture while being stuck inside, many museums and other attractions offer a variety of virtual exhibits. This is an especially great time to explore museums and attractions that are outside of your area and maybe even outside of your country that you ordinarily would not be able to get to because of time and/or money constraints. We will doing so as well and  we will be sharing one or more of our virtual visits in today's and future What-To-Do Wednesday posts

What: Portland Japanese Garden

Physical Address: 61 S.W. Kingston Ave.
                                Portland, OR

The Portland Japanese Garden was established in the 1960s as a way to convene with nature and learn about Japanese culture. The site is home to several different types of gardens as well as a cultural village which includes a Japanese Arts Learning Center, a Garden House and a cafe. For current ways to explore the Portland Japanese Garden virtually, see below:

Videos to view: 

See what a day at the Portland Japanese Garden is like

Take  a tour of the of the Portland Japanese Garden

Take a stroll through the Portland Japanese Garden with Garden Curator, Sada Uchiyama

For more videos, visit the Portland Japanese Garden YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/pdxjapanesegarden

You can also virtually explore the Gardens on your own through the use of 360 degree photos. Areas to explore include: 

Entry Garden

Flat Garden

Strolling Pond Garden

Tea Garden

Natural Garden

Sand and Stone Garden

Cultural Village 

There is also a virtual art exhibit, The Brush of Shoko Kanazawa. Ms. Kanazawa, a noted Japanese calligrapher. was scheduled to  have an exhibit of her work on display as well as make a visit to the Garden herself. However, due to the circumstances, the exhibit has been moved online where you can learn about the artist, and view examples of her art as well as a view a video of her at work. 

For more about Portland Japanese Garden or to take your make your own virtual visit, go to japanesegarden.org.

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Stay safe! Stay healthy!

photo credit: jpellgen (@1179_jp) Portland Japanese Garden via photopin (license)


  1. The Portland Japanese Garden is so awesome to offer a virtual tour during this crazy time. Nice to know there is someplace where we can still enjoy natural beauty! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You're welcome. Thanks for visiting Says Me Says Mom and your comment.

  2. This looks like a beautiful place to visit, virtual and in person! I'm loving all these "virtual tours"!