Tour of the Portland Japanese Garden with Designer, Hoichi Kurisu

Saturday ,October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am 


In today’s technology obsessed world, Mr. Kurisu believes that more than ever, human connection with natural places is vital to our wellbeing. His healing gardens are created to be sanctuaries of rest, regeneration, and reconnection. They model a comprehensive vision of human wellness for the 21st century. Mr. Kurisu’s mission is to create restorative spaces that inspire physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium. This mission has taken Kurisu to the exciting forefront of integrating the ancient wisdom of Japanese garden design with contemporary environments – such as hospitals, substance abuse recovery centers, natural water treatment systems, and even a maximum-security prison.


Event details:


During this special event, guests are invited to a rare tour of the Portland Japanese Garden – guided by renowned designer, Hoichi Kurisu. Mr. Kurisu will speak about the garden’s history, Japanese design philosophy and his mission of bringing healing landscapes to the world.


Tickets to the garden can be purchased for $16.95 HERE or the day of the event. You will also need to RSVP below as this event is capped at 25 people.

  • Guests should arrive by 9:50am to line up and prepare to enter the garden
  • Tour will take place from 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Opportunity for tea and sweets from 11:15am – 12:00pm at Unami Tea Café
  • 12:00pm onward – open/individual exploration of the garden is welcome


10:00AM - 12:00PM Sat 27 Oct 2018, Pacific timezone


Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave
Portland, OR 97205

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Background on our Host: Hoichi Kurisu

President and Founder of Kurisu International, (now Kurisu LLC), Hoichi Kurisu has been designing and building gardens for nearly 50 years, across the United States and abroad. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Mr. Kurisu spent his childhood among rice fields and the wild landscapes of surrounding mountains. As a small child he witnessed the atomic bomb. In the aftermath of this event, the resilience of the Japanese people and nature’s role in providing hope for the future, left a deep impression on him that would influence his life and work.

From 1968 to 1972, he served as Landscape Director for the Japanese Garden Society in Portland, Oregon, and supervised the construction of the Portland Japanese Garden, considered one of the finest Japanese gardens outside of Japan. In 1972, he founded Kurisu International and has dedicated his life’s work to the mission of healing gardens.