It's not hard to find things to do in Portland--far from it. What's hard to do is figure out what you'll really enjoy in Portland. Having lived here for a few years, I know what I like to do. So here's a list of the things we recommend to like-minded people.
No, sadly we are not in Japan, but we did go to the Japanese garden and rose test garden today. It was a beautiful day in Portland area, sunny and warm all day long. It was a popular day to be in Washington park and there were people everywhere, but not as many as on a really nice summer day. I basically finally let Maria drag me to the gardens and actually enjoyed myself in spite of it all. It was beautiful and tranquil even with a few yelling babies. We also went to the Rose test gardens for a bit, it was exactly as exciting as we expected.