Portland Begins Re-Opening

On June 19, based on approval from the Oregon state government, the city of Portland and neighboring cities in Multnomah County were able to move into Phase 1 re-opening in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The move into Phase 1 will impact a number of different impacts on social gatherings and business.  Restaurants, bars, pubs, etc. will be able to [...]

By |2020-06-24T14:13:24-07:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Others|Tags: |0 Comments

Best Wishes for the Portland Japanese Garden

Earlier this month, we learned with great sadness that Portland Japanese Garden announced that it will be closed indefinitely, due to the corona virus outbreak.  As Portlanders, we at Hokusei North America hold a special place in our hearts for the Japanese Garden -- it is a source of beauty, tranquility, and cultural learning that will be missed sorely.  Just [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:16:18-07:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Others|Tags: , |0 Comments

Cherry Blossoms Back in Portland

During the current health crisis, it's important to take time out to take notice the wonderful things around us. One of those such things is the beauty of cherry blossoms that return each Spring to Portland. One of the best places to view cherry blossoms is Tom McCall Park, on the west bank of the Willamette River that flows through [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:10:05-07:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: Others|Tags: |0 Comments

Portland Japanese Garden to Host Holiday Koto Concerts

During the Holiday Season, the Portland Japanese Garden will host koto harp concerts for garden visitors. For those unfamiliar with a koto, it is a thirteen-string plucked zither, introduced to Japan from China through the Korean Peninsula in the 7th century. The koto creates a beautiful sound unlike any other. These concerts offer a rare opportunity to listen to the [...]

By |2021-03-16T00:37:39-07:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Others|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Japanese Movie Night in Portland

On November 15 (Fri), the Japan America Society of Oregon (JASO) will host a Japanese movie night, featuring "A Tale of Samurai Cooking -- A True Love Story".  Originally released in 2013, this movie is a tale about a young samurai and his adjustment to working in a kitchen and with the help of a young maid, the development of [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:10:07-07:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Others|Tags: |0 Comments

Kinokuniya Bookstore Opens in Portland

Earlier this month, famed Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya opened a new store in downtown Portland. Centrally located near Portland's Director Park (and new Visitor's Center), Kinokuniya offers a wide variety of books, stationery, and gift items.  According to Kinokuniya, the store will offer art and comics from Japan as well.  This store is Kinokuniya's second Portland area location, the first store [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:10:08-07:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Others|Tags: |0 Comments

Hokusei North America to Sponsor Portland Japanese Garden Event

Hokusei North America is pleased to announce that it will sponsor the Portland Japanese Garden's "Behind the Shoji - Hokkaido Marketplace" event. This event will be held at the Japanese Garden from August 3 ~ September 15, 2019, and will celebrate the 60-year sister city relationship between Portland and Sapporo (Hokkaido's capital city). An ongoing series hosted by the Portland [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:23:01-07:00July 24th, 2019|Categories: Others|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Japanese Beer Garden in Portland on July 18

This year, the Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO) will once again host a beer garden party for the Japan-related community in Portland.  The event, which will be held on July 18 (Thu) will feature a number of Japanese and Portland beers & ciders, in addition to a number of Japanese dishes that go well with beer in summertime, including yakisoba, [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:16:23-07:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Others|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Portland Japanese Garden Hosting Event in Tokyo on Apr 15

On April 15 (Mon), the Portland Japanese Garden and the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ) will host an cultural bridge-building event at FCCJ's Tokyo location. The event will include key address Steve Bloom, the Portland Japanese Garden's Chief Executive Officer.  After the key address, Mr. Bloom will be joined in a panel discussion by Kengo Kuma, world-renowned architect and [...]

By |2020-06-18T14:26:16-07:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Others|Tags: , |Comments Off on Portland Japanese Garden Hosting Event in Tokyo on Apr 15

Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom in Portland

Just as in Japan, Portland is experiencing an explosion of color with the blooming of cheery blossoms throughout the city.  Wandering through the Portland's neighborhoods, one is treated to an amazing show of blossoms ranging from dark pink to completely white.  The final act of the show takes places when breezes start to blow creating a "raining petal" effect. One [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:10:13-07:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Others|Tags: |0 Comments
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