Virtual Programs from the NAJGA Community

Check out these amazing programs organized by NAJGA members! (programs are listed by date)


Wednesday, January 20 & 27
Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden is currently displaying, Healing Nature: Gardens and Art of Manzanar, an exhibition that examines the gardens and art at Manzanar Relocation Center through the lens of three leading twentieth-century photographers – Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Toyo Miyatake – to reveal the resilience, perseverance, and resourcefulness of Japanese American internees during World War II. 

In connection with this exhibition, Portland Japanese Garden is offering a series of virtual discussions that explore the significance and impact of gardens. With a special focus on gardens created by Japanese American internees at Manzanar and other camps during World War II, these discussions question and dive into why and how humanity seeks connection to nature through gardens, particularly during a time of civil injustice.

Upcoming this month is a two-part virtual panel discussion (offered as a bundle):

Monday, February 1st at 7pm PST
Shukkeien Japanese Garden in Hiroshima

Cultural News

Cultural News presents an online presentation “Shukkeien: Japanese Garden designed by tea master 400 years ago.”This webinar is a free event. Registrations are required.

Shukkeien is a 12-acre traditional Japanese garden commissioned 400 years ago by lord Asano Nagaakira of the Hiroshima Clan. Now the garden is sitting in the center of Hiroshima City Downtown. The Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum has been built adjacent to the garden. The garden displays many features of the traditional aesthetics of Japanese garden. Around the garden’s main pond there are a number of tea houses which offer visitors ideal views of the surrounding scenery. Shukkeien was designed by a warrior and tea master Ueda Soko, who became one of the highest-ranking samurai (karo) of the Hiroshima domain.

The garden’s name literally means “shrunken-scenery garden,” which encompasses the natural landscape of valleys, mountains, rivers, and lakes represented in the garden.The Japanese garden in the center of Hiroshima was destroyed by the atomic bombing in August 1945. The restoration efforts started in 1949, and Shukkeien reopened to the public in 1951. Entire restoration took 30 years.

Hiroshima-based city planner Manabu Yamasaki will explain the history of Shukkeien through English translation as a part of “Kiteminsai Hiroshima” (Come to Hiroshima) series by Cultural News .

As a related program, Japanese language Zoom meeting about “Shukkeien” with Manabu Yamazaki will be held on Friday, Jan. 29 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (PST). Register in advance

Tuesday, March 9th at 7pm EST
Symbolism and Function in Japanese Gardens
Women in Horticulture
Shofuso Executive Director, Kim Andrews, discusses the religious and historic symbolism of horticultural and built elements in the Japanese garden in this beautiful slideshow. Visual metaphors in design are central to this traditional art form. This presentation includes an eight minute video about the 2020 installation of a pebble beach pondside at Shofuso, featuring Shofuso Head Gardener Sandi Polyakov.

If you learn of other virtual programming or resources that would benefit the NAJGA community, please let us know so that we can share them. 

*Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens  (Photo by Heather Grzybek)2