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

Art Behind Barbed Wire: A Pacific Northwest Exploration of Japanese American Arts and Crafts Created in World War II Incarceration Camps
July 12 — November 16, 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
Thursday, November 6, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2pm
Hidden Legacyat the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland)
Cost: $22 general; $18 seniors & students; $15 Friends of O.N.E.

Making its Portland debut, the new documentary Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps tells the story of how traditional Japanese cultural arts were maintained at a time when the government emphasized the importance of assimilation and Americanization. Hidden Legacy is the first-ever major presentation of traditional music, dance, and drama in camps, and the remarkable roles played by the teachers of classical Japanese art forms.

This special, one-time-only event will include a short musical concert by master koto player Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong and Lita Kazuho Buttolph, a Japanese classical dance performance by the Sahomi Tachibana Dancers, followed by a screening of Hidden Legacy.

Following the film, attendees will have an opportunity to be part of a panel discussion with Hidden Legacy Creative Director and Executive Producer Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto and Sahomi Tachibana who is featured in the film.

Tickets may be purchased online through the Hollywood Theatre.

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:

Oregon Archives Crawl
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10am - 3pm
Free and open to the public

Join us at this year's Oregon Archives Crawl through downtown Portland, where you can participate with archives and heritage organizations in getting in touch with history. Start at any of the three host locations—City of Portland Archives and Records Center (1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550), Multnomah County Central Library, or the Oregon Historical Society. While at the Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC), be sure to check out the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's table and learn more about our Oregon Heritage Commission grant-funded Japanese American Community Collections Digitization Project.

At each of the three sites, archivists, historians, and other representatives from heritage organizations will be available to discuss their work and collections. At PARC, door prizes will be given away throughout the event. You can also get a behind-the-scenes look at a sample of the many collections found in the City's archives, listen to speakers discuss fascinating archival resources, and meet the archivists who manage some of the most interesting historical collections in Oregon. Go to pdxarchivists.wordpress.com for more information.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Tea & Art in the Garden
October 1-31, 2014

The Tao of Tea, in collaboration with Lan Su Chinese Garden, presents Tea & Arts in the Garden, a series of events and activities celebrating tea and tea arts. Held at Lan Su Chinese Garden this October, this is the fifth annual tea celebration for the two organizations. Go to lansugarden.org to learn more.

McMenamins Edgefield History Night
"The Three Kichis: The First Japanese in the Pacific Northwest"
Tuesday, October 14, 6:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm)
at McMenamins Edgefield Power-Station Theater, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale
Free, all ages welcome

Learn the story of three Japanese sailors who washed up on the coast of what is now Washington in 1834 after their vessel, crippled beyond repair by a sudden storm, had drifted for over a year across the Pacific. These men were the first known Japanese migrants in this region and later traveled far and wide. From meeting with John McLoughlin – the "Father of Oregon" – at Fort Vancouver, to later helping advance the penetration into their home country by Western trading powers – and the progression of Japan's modernization in turn – their story is one of resilience, exploration, cross-cultural discovery, and both personal disaster and triumph.

Kano Movie Premiere in OregonKano at OSU
Followed by a Seminar with Producers Wei and Huang
Friday, October 17, 6:30pm
026 Milam Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis

Organized by the OSU Chiu Taiwan Studies Program, OSU Taiwan Student Forum, OSU Taiwanese Student Association, and the OSU Japanese Student Association, Kano, a 2014 film directed by Umin Boya, will make its Oregon debut at Oregon State University. Kano is a Taiwanese film depicting the multiracial Kano baseball team from southern Taiwan and how they overcame great odds to represent the island in the 1931 Japanese High School Baseball Championship, when Taiwan was still under Japanese rule. Following the film will be a seminar with the producers of the film, Wei Te-Sheng & Jimmy Huang. Go to sites.google.com/site/kanocorvallis to purchase tickets or to learn more.

Dis/Orient/Ed Comedy Show
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8pm
Mekong Bistro (8200 NE Siskiyou St, Portland, OR 97220)
Tickets: $25
Proceeds benefit the APANO Strong Families Program

Dis/orient/ed Comedy provides a showcase for nationally-touring and local up-and-coming Asian American female comedians and features talented comedic friends of diverse backgrounds. A cocktail reception at 7:30pm precedes the show. Go to disorientedcomedy.weebly.com to learn more.

urushiPortland Japanese Garden
Urushi: Masterpieces of Lacquerware by Kazumi Murose, Living National Treasure of Japan
October 25 - November 16, 2014

At a time when the traditional Japanese art of urushi (lacquer) is enjoying a renaissance of interest among collectors and designers around the world, the Portland Japanese Garden is pleased to announce its fall Art in the Garden exhibition, Urushi. Murose specializes in the technique of maki-e, sprinkled gold and silver decoration, and in raden, inlaid mother-of-pearl—two traditional techniques for the embellishment of urushi. Go to japanesegarden.com to learn more.

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.

Portland State University Center for Japanese Studies
October 29, 2014, 6pm
PSU, Lincoln Hall (1620 SW Park Avenue) Room 75
Free and open to the public

The story of Shogun's Gallery, an Asian antique store in NW Portland, began at Portland State University where students Jim King and Kimiko Okada received degrees. Shogun's Gallery started as a hobby and a love for artifacts from Japan's Meiji and Edo Eras and escalated into a corporation bringing to Portland every aspect of Japanese culture from Kabuki to tea ceremony. At this talk Jim King, Shogun's founder, will bring you the story of Shogun's Gallery from its infancy in Japan to its current state and beyond. Go to www.pdx.edu/cjs to learn more.

Past events:

25 YearsAnnual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 5pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St, Portland
Cost: $125 per person

Join us in celebrating 25 years of Oregon Nikkei Endowment and honoring the interviewees of the Minidoka Oral History Project. Activities included a wine pull, silent auction, and music by the Minidoka Swing Band. The keynote speaker was Mr. David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7's Eyewitness News newscasts at 4 and 6 PM in Los Angeles. His recent documentary film, Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain about the World War II Japanese American incarceration camp in Wyoming, recently garnered three Emmy Awards at the 66th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards on July 26.

Thank you to our banquet sponsors: The Boeing Company, Perkins Coie LLP, Homer & Miyuki Yasui, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Also thanks to our banquet donors, including the Iwasaki Brothers Greenhouse, Tanasacres Nursery, Lan Su Chinese Garden, and many, many more!

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
at the Legacy Center

This year marks the 10th annual Museum Day Live!, an event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is a participating museum. Free admission to the museum during exhibit hours (11am-3pm) with the Museum Day Live! ticket. To learn more about Museum Day Live!, go to www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

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!

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