Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Japanese American History Museum
A project of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

$5 admission,
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment

New Exhibit
Art Behind Barbed Wire: A Pacific Northwest Exploration of Japanese American Arts and Crafts Created in World War II Incarceration Camps
Opens to the public July 12, 2014

Art Behind Barbed WireArt Behind Barbed Wire is a travelling exhibition from the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington's Northwest Nikkei Museum, featuring arts and crafts from the Pacific Northwest community created by Japanese Americans in World War II incarceration camps. The voices and humanity of those unjustly deprived of their civil liberties are remembered through their art created behind barbed wire.

First Thursday reception
Thursday, August 7, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
 

Resources & Services
Check out our Resources page to learn more about the Legacy Center's programs, which provide tangible reminders of the richness and vitality that ethnic minorities can bring to societies that hold sacred the rights of its citizens and regard as a blessing the diversity of its people.
 


Other Community Events
Please visit Discover Nikkei for more information about upcoming events in the area and around the world. Also visit the JROC calendar for more Portland-area events from the Japan-Related Organizations Coordinating Group:

Japanese Garden
Behind the ShojiBehind the Shoji 2014
July 18 – September 1, 2014

This annual art sale and show showcases artists who create beautiful Japanese-inspired art and crafts. Included in the show will be jewelry, ceramics, painting, photography, paper crafts, and artist demonstrationss on the weekends. Go to japanesegarden.com to learn more.
 

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Suzhou Summer: The Art & Music of China
July 1 - September 30, 2014

Suzhou Summer: The Art & Music of China will feature a series of demonstrations and activities in the traditional arts of calligraphy, brush painting, seal carving and music, and Chinese folk art paintings created by Suzhou artists will be on display and for sale. Suzhou, Portland's sister city in China's Jiangsu province, is famous for its beautiful gardens and was China's most sophisticated metropolis from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Go to lansugarden.org to learn more.
 

Music in Small SpacesMusic in Small Spaces
An Afternoon of Japanese Music

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 2pm
Beaverton Library Auditorium, 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton
Cost: $15 (students/seniors $9)

Featuring three highly accomplished masters of Japanese music and dance: Mitsuki Dazai, a Master Koto performer; Fujinami Kai of Portland, performing a traditional (Nihon Buyo) and an original contemporary dance; and Randall Havas, who has studied shakuhachi (primarily the Dokyoku repertoire). Go to www.musicinsmallspaces.org for more information.
 

Behind the Museum Cafe
Exhibit: Traditional Japanese Lacquerware | Shikki

1229 SW 10th Avenue, Portland
July 1 - 31, 2014

This exhibit will focus on lavishly-decorated and carved lacquerware featuring Maki-e (gold dust), silver, and mother-of-pearl inlay. Japanese lacquerware is one of the most highly-collectible folkarts from Japan today. Most traditional lacquer has formed the basis for contemporary lacquerwork in the US and abroad. Contact Behind the Museum Cafe for more information.
 

The Old and New Faces of Nuclear Weapons
with Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Tuesday, August 6, 2014, 6-7pm
at the Japanese American Historical Plaza

Commemorating the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki and exploring the changing nature of nuclear weapons. Speakers include Congressman Earl Blumenauer and retired Army Colonel Ann Wright. Featuring a musical performance by en Taiko and an interactive art project by Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis. Go to www.psr.org/chapters/oregon for more information.
 

Architectural Heritage Center Walking Tour
Skidmore Old Town Historic District

Saturday, July 19, 10am–12pm
Cost: $20 (general public)

Learn about some of the oldest buildings in the city and the people who built them in this tour of Portland's only National Historic Landmark District, which also contains the highest concentration of cast-iron fronted buildings on the west coast. Go to www.visitahc.org to pre-register.
 

Vida SefaradiExhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum
Vida Sefaradi: A Century of Sephardic Life in Portland
June 14 - October 19, 2014
at Oregon Jewish Museum (1953 NW Kearney Street, Portland)

Portland's Sephardic community traces its origins to a small group of young men who immigrated first to Seattle from the Isle of Rhodes and Turkey and came to Portland around 1910. The stories of these first arrivals form a backdrop in which to explore Sephardic history and culture as it relates to Portland's Jewish community. The exhibit explores the historical, cultural, social and spiritual traditions of this small but fascinating community and examines its place as an integral part of the larger Jewish and general communities. Go to www.ojm.org to learn more.
 


Past events:

golf3rd Annual Strawberry Golf Tournament
Fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Friday, May 30, 2014
at Langdon Farms Golf Club, Aurora
Cost: $125 per person

Gather your friends, family and coworkers, and join us for a fun day of golf to support the Oregon Nikkei Endowment at the Strawberry Golf Tournament!

Free Day at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Noon - 3pm

Admission to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center will be free on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11. Please stop in to see our current exhibits!

Nisei bowlingHit the Lanes at Hollywood Bowl
Sunday, April 13, 1:00 p.m.
at Hollywood Bowl, 4030 NE Halsey St, Portland
Cost: $10 (includes 2 hours of bowling, shoes, and food)
Free for Nisei and the Silver Circle!

Bring your family and friends for afternoon bowling with Oregon Nikkei Endowment at Hollywood Bowl. Nisei and Silver Circle bowl for free! Co-sponsored by the Oregon Nisei Men's and Women's Bowling Leagues, this might be the last chance to knock down some pins before this historic alley closes forever in May.

Film Screening - Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain
Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.
at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
Co-sponsored by Portland JACL and Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland

Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain

Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain explores the legacy of incarcerating those of Japanese heritage at the Heart Mountain concentration camp during World War II. This new hour-long documentary was produced by 16 time Emmy Award and three time Edward R. Murrow Award winner David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7's Eyewitness News in Los Angeles, and Jeff MacIntyre, nine time Emmy Award winner and producer/owner of Content Media Group in Southern California.

At the heart of the film are striking photos taken between 1943-1945 from inside the Heart Mountain camp by George and Frank C. Hirahara. While incarcerated at Heart Mountain, George and his son Frank – both avid photographers – captured images of camp life and special family milestones, such as engagement celebrations, weddings, and family portraits. The Hiraharas were part of a 1,000 person contingent from the Yakima Valley in Washington, who were sent to the Portland Assembly Center and then to their final destination of Heart Mountain, Wyoming.

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