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PhotoFeature: Portland Japanese Garden in Winter

I seem to have an affinity for Japanese Gardens. Landscaped with rich greenery and dotted with stone and bronze sculptures not to mention the ponds in them, these gardens...

Portland Japanese GardenI seem to have an affinity for Japanese Gardens. Landscaped with rich greenery and dotted with stone and bronze sculptures not to mention the ponds in them, these gardens seem to have a soothing effect on me. When I walked in through the gates of Portland Japanese Garden, it became the third Japanese garden I was visiting.

Earlier I had strolled through the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose – CA and later had a very informative and interesting day at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. The first time I was at a Japanese Garden I was impressed by how prim and proper the landscape looked. I had noticed the water and the bridges and the flora that stood out but never really thought about the features that lent it its character.

It was only later when I was in the garden in San Francisco that I learned that everything or almost everything in a Japanese Garden was there for a reason. It was news to me that most of the features of the garden had connections with the Japanese culture. And then some years later when I was at the Portland Japanese Garden I was reminded that Japanese gardens are supposed to have Koi ponds and bridges, stepping stones and dry oceans, sculptures and trees that coloured the park in Spring and in Autumn.

If elements of Japanese landscaping and their meanings are your subjects of interests you will like this post — Japanese Tea Garden, Features and symbolism. 

Now let me guide you through Portland Japanese Garden and give you tidbits about these oriental gardens and the next time you visit one, you are going to find it familiar. Don’t let that stop you from walking around and taking in all those things that give a Japanese garden its very character.

Features at the Portland Japanese Garden

Water:

The presence of water is unmissable at these attractions. You will almost always find a pond or two in a Japanese garden. The Portland Japanese Garden even has a few waterfalls landscaped into the garden.

Bridges

Koi Ponds

Dry Ocean

Stone Sturctures

Japanese Tea House:

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37 Comments on this post.
  • joe
    14 February 2017 at 7:50 am
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    Wonderful. The Japanese take great pains to attain perfection.

    • dNambiar
      14 February 2017 at 8:14 pm
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      They do. These gardens are all so lovely 🙂
      Thank you visiting again, Joe.

  • ladyfi
    14 February 2017 at 9:30 am
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    Such pretty shots.

    • dNambiar
      14 February 2017 at 8:14 pm
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      Thank you so much, Lady Fi. 🙂

  • s.c.
    14 February 2017 at 9:36 am
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    Great Japanese garden. Then the statues of the birds are a bit detonation in my mind. Wonder if they do that in Japan also.

    • dNambiar
      14 February 2017 at 8:20 pm
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      I’m guessing they do. Will look out for that. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by again, SC. I hope you are having a good week.

  • Monika B.
    14 February 2017 at 10:07 am
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    The beautiful and unique is the Japanese garden.
    Regards:)*
    Monika

    • dNambiar
      14 February 2017 at 8:22 pm
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      Japanese gardens are always so beautiful and there’s something very soothing about them, I feel.

      Welcome here, Monika. 🙂

  • Rajlakshmi
    14 February 2017 at 11:14 am
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    I love visiting Japanese Gardens. They look kinda same everywhere but always so peaceful and beautiful. Loved these pictures

    • dNambiar
      14 February 2017 at 8:23 pm
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      They do. And because they have a calming effect, you never get tired of them, right?

      Welcome here, Rajlakshmi. 🙂

  • Photo Cache
    14 February 2017 at 5:13 pm
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    I would love to revisit Portland.

    • dNambiar
      14 February 2017 at 8:24 pm
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      Me too but I think I’ll wait for the rains to pack up. 😉

      Thank you for coming this way, M. 🙂

  • Team g Square
    15 February 2017 at 2:44 am
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    Interesting details of a Japanese garden.

    • dNambiar
      16 February 2017 at 8:43 am
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      Indeed. It’s been very interesting learning about the features of a Japanese garden.
      Thank you for coming this way, Team G Square. 🙂

  • Yogi Saraswat
    15 February 2017 at 4:10 am
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    Pictures are truly amazing .

    • dNambiar
      16 February 2017 at 8:43 am
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      Thank you, Yogi. 🙂

  • KaJo
    15 February 2017 at 5:57 am
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    I have always wondered about this. But we get to see variations across the world in even maintaining gardens. The european gardens look different. While japanese have this trademark authenticity of their own, which again is different from Chinese gardens. Nicely portrayed the same Japenese authenticity known to us. Great work.

    • dNambiar
      16 February 2017 at 8:51 am
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      Oh yeah. Now that I’ve seen 3 of these gardens, I’m pretty sure I’ll recognize a Japanese garden if I find myself in one. 🙂

      It was nice to see you here, Kaustubh. Do visit again. 🙂

  • Sapna
    15 February 2017 at 10:16 am
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    Lovely captures.
    You rightly said “The presence of water is unmissable at these attractions.”.

    • dNambiar
      16 February 2017 at 8:52 am
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      True that. And the stone structures. 🙂

  • Rajesh
    15 February 2017 at 2:16 pm
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    Beautiful captures from the garden.

    • dNambiar
      16 February 2017 at 8:52 am
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      Thank you, Rajesh. 🙂

  • rupam { xhobdo }
    15 February 2017 at 2:43 pm
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    Amazing. Great pics.

    • dNambiar
      16 February 2017 at 8:53 am
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      Thank you so much, Rupam. 🙂

  • Tales of Travelling Sisters
    15 February 2017 at 4:25 pm
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    Beautiful details and its amazing to know that how each and everything in a garden is connected to one another and has a meaning to their existence. 🙂

    • dNambiar
      16 February 2017 at 8:56 am
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      I swear.

      The first time I was in a Japanese Garden — that was almost a decade ago — I knew nothing about the quintessential elements of a Japanese garden. But I must say I felt its calming effect.

      Getting to know about the features and their significance was so enlightening. 🙂

      Thanks guys. 🙂

  • Umashankar
    15 February 2017 at 4:59 pm
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    Thank you for taking us through the Japanese Garden and whispering its secrets in our ears. Perfect images that capture the mood of the post.

    • dNambiar
      16 February 2017 at 8:57 am
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      It was such a pleasure, USP.
      And thank you for being a regular here. And for the all the kindness. 🙂

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar
    16 February 2017 at 2:54 am
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    Beautiful place and mind blowing shots. Very nice post.

    • dNambiar
      16 February 2017 at 8:57 am
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      Thank you, Jyotirmoy. 🙂

  • Meera
    16 February 2017 at 3:14 pm
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    Great captures, Dee.

    • dNambiar
      17 February 2017 at 1:22 am
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      Thank you Meera. Long time. 🙂

  • LovelyGishi
    16 February 2017 at 6:37 pm
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    We have the same affinities, especially of the ponds 🙂 I like your photos, beautifully captured..

    • dNambiar
      17 February 2017 at 1:23 am
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      🙂
      Thank you Gishi. 🙂

  • Prasad Np
    21 February 2017 at 8:07 am
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    So much calmness, each leaf, each twig each stone perfectly placed and in harmony with surroundings. I just can not have enough of these pictures.

  • Therie
    6 April 2017 at 5:02 am
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    From the bridge down to the small things, everything looks perfect and in harmony. I just love the Japanese aesthetic. So serene and lovely.

    • dNambiar
      7 April 2017 at 3:17 am
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      You have company, Therie. I love the aesthetics in a Japanese Garden, too. Even though all of them look alike, there’s no getting tired of them. 🙂

      Welcome here, Therie. Do come back.

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