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Portland Arbor Aids Disaster Relief in Japan

memorial arbor for JapanAn arbor adds an elegant touch to any cedar deck or fence, but one Portland organization has found a way to turn it into something more: disaster relief for Japan.

The Portland Japanese Garden has installed a “wish arbor” outside its admission gate to help visitors send well-wishes — and donations — to victims of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. No admission fees are required to visit the arbor.

Visitors can write a note to hang on the arbor, or leave money to be donated to the American Red Cross or Portland-based Mercy Corps. The memorial will remain in place during the garden’s regular admission hours until March 29. You can also make a donation online.

More than 10,000 people have died since Japan was struck by an earthquake followed by a tsunami last Friday. Resulting power outages knocked out the cooling systems at a nearby nuclear plant, causing a release of radiation and sending the country into a nuclear crisis.

[Photo by: Portland Japanese Garden]

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