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We kicked off the spring with a fantastic tour of the Japanese Gardens with renowned landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu. On a beautiful sunny day in May, Hoichi provided us with great stories about his involvement in the gardens' construction and wonderful insight into its symbolism and purpose. Thank you to Koichi ('08) for helping arrange this amazing event. See a picture from the event below. Sponsored by SOMAA. When: May 5, 2013, 10-11am Where: Portland Japanese Gardens, 611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 Cost: Free President, founder and principal designer of Kurisu International, Inc., Hoichi Kurisu studied landscape design and construction in Tokyo under the internationally distinguished Kenzo Ogata. From 1968 to 1972, Kurisu served as Landscape Director for the Japanese Garden Society of Portland, Oregon. In this capacity, he supervised some of the early construction of the Japanese Gardens at Washington Park. He founded Kurisu International, Inc. in 1972, and has twice been awarded the prestigious National Landscape Award, presented at the White House in Washington, D.C. In addition to residential projects throughout the United States and abroad, Kurisu has designed and built public gardens that prioritize the healing powers of nature. Such landscapes include: The Morikami Japanse Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, Anderson Gardens, Rockford, Illinois, The Healing Garden at Rosecrance, a substance abuse rehabilitation facility for adolescents, also in Rockford, Illinois, The Healing Garden at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, Lebanon, Oregon, and Talking Water Gardens, Albany, Oregon. Current projects include Fernhill Wetlands in Hillsboro, Oregon, and a Japanese garden for the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2000 the Journal of Japanese Gardening named three of Kurisu's gardens among the Top Six in the world outside Japan.

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    Emily Brod
  • Location

    611 SW Kingston Avenue Portland, Oregon