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Portland Japanese Garden Presents Shokunin: Five Kyoto Artisans Look to the Future | Featuring Traditional Ceramics, Woodworking, Bamboo Basketry & More!

June 14
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Cost: Included in Garden Admission

Venue

Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Portland Japanese Garden presents
Shokunin: Five Kyoto Artisans Look to the Future

More info: japanesegarden.org

The word shokunin means “artisan,” a word that signifies a person who has achieved a high level of accomplishment and a deep commitment to carry on the legacy of a traditional craft. A shokunin who works in the 21st century is an artisan whose work shows respect for the traditions of fine craftsmanship that have been handed down for generations—the handmade tools, the time-honored techniques, the finest natural materials, and the patience and indomitable spirit needed to carry on a painstaking craft. Just as important is the understanding that the work of each Japanese artisan is an expression not only of an individual artisan, but a collaborative effort among the many who work to complete a single process. From the lumberjack, to the wood-turner, to the artisan who applies the final exquisite layer of lacquer—the work of the shokunin is the work of an entire community of fine craftsmen and women, each of whom plays a critical role in the creation of a finished vessel.

This exhibition features the work of five artisans from Kyoto each of whom works in a different medium, each with different background. All but the youngest artisan (and the only woman) in this group inherited their craft from generations past. Each of them is committed to carrying on their craft at the highest level of excellence while seeking ways to take those traditions forward into the current millennium. Artisans included in this exhibition are Hosai Matsubayashi (Asahi-yaki ceramics), Shuji Nakagawa (woodworking), Keikou Nishimura (lacquer), Ogawa Choraku (raku tea ceramics), and Chiemi Ogura (bamboo basketry).

Together they seek to redefine the meaning of shokunin and the work they do. They believe that today’s artisan must be mindful of the importance of maintaining the close bond with nature that their materials provide with the realization that their work transcends a single generation. Their hope is to inspire future generations throughout the world to pursue a path that goes beyond individual goals to serve the society in which they live.

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Discover Portland’s Hidden Mysteries w/ Urban Adventure Quest’s Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure! | Give the Gift of Adventure! + Discount / Promo Code

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Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Hours of Operation – Play anytime, Sunrise to Sunset
$39.20 for a team of 2-5 people w/ code PDXPIPELINE at urbanadventurequest.com

Looking for a way to turn Portland into a giant game board? Give the gift of adventure with a city-wide scavenger hunt!

Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Portland. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. (more…)

Give the Gift of Rumpl! | Swing by Portland Showroom For Christmas Gifts, Special Holiday Pricing, & Out of Print Styles!

December 19
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue

Rumpl HQ
2544 NW Upshur St
Portland, OR 97210 United States
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Rumpl Holiday Pop Up Hours

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Swing by the Rumpl showroom at Rumpl HQ to test-nap our best-selling gifts and get your hands on a few out-of-print blankets.

Enjoy special holiday pricing on select styles.

Escapism’s Cold War Themed Room: Dr. Zylchov’s Laboratory! | Clues, Codes & Puzzles

December 19
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Venue

Escapsm NE Glisan
7110 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213 United States
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Escapism Portland
Bookings last one hour
Save 20% with code ESCAPISM20 at escapismportland.com

It’s your last chance to escape Dr. Zylchov’s Laboratory! After 4 years, Escapism is retiring Portland’s longest running escape room at the end of 2018! Escapism’s Cold War Themed Room: Dr. Zylchov’s Laboratory closes its doors December 31!

Enter the lab of Dr. Zylchov, a scientist in 1970s Eastern Europe. You have stumbled upon a room in an abandoned building, and the door has locked behind you. The escape room is full of clues, codes and puzzles hidden in a Cold War era lab. Dr. Zylchov is up to something in here, and the consequences may be disastrous! You will need to use critical thinking, observation, dexterity and a bit of luck in order to escape the room before time runs out! Play with your friends and family and take over this room. Time will fly by as you become lost in the world of Dr. Zylchov and his hidden secrets. Work quickly; the doctor seems to be fond of radiation!

Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics | On Display at Portland Japanese Garden

December 19
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $16.95 Adult

Venue

Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics
All Ages
More info: japanesegarden.org

In December, Portland Japanese Garden becomes the only venue in the United States to feature woodblock prints by the world-famous Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, (1760-1849), juxtaposed with work by top modern manga artists. Presented in Portland by the Japan Foundation and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland, this exhibition compares and contrasts contemporary Japanese illustrated magazines with Hokusai Manga, an 800-page collection of superb illustrations by Hokusai the ukiyo-e artist recognized the world over for his iconic woodblock print The Great Wave. (more…)

Find Holiday & Christmas Gifts at Portland Saturday Market’s 2018 Festival Of The Last Minute | Open Through Christmas Eve, 40+ Types of Arts & Crafts, Santa

December 19
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue

Ankeny Plaza
2 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204 United States
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Festival of the Last Minute
All Ages
More info: portlandsaturdaymarket.com

No time to check everyone off your “nice” list? No problem! ‘Tis the season for the Festival of the Last-Minute! With any welcome holiday tradition, Portland Saturday Market returns with its one-stop event for all those who’ve delayed starting their shopping — and those who simply don’t want to stop.

Open daily from December 19 right through Christmas Eve, the marketplace will once again feature one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, exotic foods and an appropriately chilly, yet perennially cool atmosphere. The event marks the perfect opportunity to shop the work of talented area artists and support the local economy, with some 40 categories of arts and crafts. After all, just because you didn’t make the gifts yourself doesn’t make them any less handmade, or thoughtful.

In addition to the shopping extravaganza, daily holiday festivities are sure to add to the experience. Stop by Santa’s booth, get cozy at several warming stations, and enjoy the sights of seasonal decorations and the sounds of roving carolers. Holiday treats are provided, as is SmartPark Garage validation (2 hours) or a free TriMet ticket for purchases of $25 or more.

SANTA BOOTH: 12-3PM
ROVING CAROLERS: 12-3PM
FREE HOLIDAY TREATS: 12-3PM
WARMING STATIONS IN FOOD COURT

SEASONAL DECORATIONS

Fly With Santa & Portland from the Air w/ Oregon Helicopters Special Holiday Tours!

December 19
12:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Cost: From $49 per child

Venue

Downtown Portland Heliport
1st and Davis just off Waterfront Park
Portland, OR United States
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