Stephen D. Bloom, CEO of the Portland Japanese Garden, was awarded the Foreign Minister's Commendation marking the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII

  On February 6th , Mr. Stephen D. Bloom, CEO of the Portland Japanese Garden, was honored with the Foreign Minister's Commendation in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII at a ceremony at the Portland Art Museum.

Not only people connected with the Japanese Garden, but also those closely connected the Oregon State government, the City of Portland, local universities, the Japan-America Society of Oregon and sister cities organizations gathered to participate in the event and recognize Mr. Bloom. Nearly 600 people were in attendance.

At the ceremony, Consul General Furusawa stated that Mr. Bloom has contributed to the growth of Japanese gardens and Japanese culture in North America and to the dramatic increase in the number of visitors to the garden over 10 years since he assumed his position in 2005. Moreover, Mr. Bloom has secured major funding and the cooperation to Mr. Kengo Kuma, world renowned architect, in service of the garden’s large-scale expansion project. For these achievements and for overall service to the relationship between the United States and Japan, Stephen Bloom was awarded the Foreign Minister's Commendation.

“70 ago, unfortunately, the United States and Japan hurt each other and both of us lost a lot as a result. Today, however, we have deepened the relationship, and now we are truly friends to each other.” Mr. Bloom said. “I was able to be awarded this prize because so many of those who work at the Portland Japanese Garden have done a great job. I appreciate the staff of the Garden and those who always offer their support.” Additionally, he mentioned that the expansion project has almost completed and that he hopes to continue to contribute to friendly exchanges between our two countries through the Portland Japanese Garden.

We at the Consular Office of Japan in Portland congratulate Mr. Bloom for this award from the bottom of our hearts, and we offer gratitude and deep respect for his achievements.

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