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Japanese Garden sets up memorial Wish Arbor for quake victims

Written messages and condolences will be sent to Japan with donations
by: Tribune file photo Visitors to Portland’s Japanese Garden have always found a tranquil place in the midst of the city. The garden has set up a “Wish Arbor” as a memorial for victims of last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Portland's Japanese Garden has set up a 'Wish Arbor' as a memorial for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

People visiting the garden on Southwest Kingston Drive near Washington Park can write wishes and condolences for victims of the disasters and tie them to the memorial prayer on the Wish Arbor.

Donations to the Oregon Japan Relief Fund through Mercy Corps and American Red Cross will be sent to Japan along with the many written wishes tied to the arbor.

The memorial is open to the public during garden hours until March 29. It is located outside the admission gate so people are not required to pay admission to visit the memorial.

Thousands of people were killed during last week's 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck about 200 miles northeast of Toyko. A tsunami spawned by the quake also swept inland, wiping out cities.

The Portland Japanese Garden on more than five acres in the West Hills, is considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan.