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

Current Exhibit
Unsettled/Resettled: Seattle's Hunt Hotel
Open through September 25, 2016

First Thursday – September 1, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Unsettled/Resettled recalls the post-World War II resettlement experience of the people who found lodging at the Seattle Japanese Language School from 1945 until 1959, when it operated as a temporary hostel. Learn more about this lost chapter of history through interviews, archival footage, photographs, and original artworks by Aki Sogabe. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.

Annual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club (1849 SW Salmon St, Portland)
Cost: $125 per person

Please join us for our annual benefit banquet in support of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, this year honoring Iwasaki Bros., Inc. and Jere Okada, featuring a performance by Portland Taiko.

Activities will include a dessert dash and silent auction, with Special Keynote Speaker The Honorable Normal Y. Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

The meal choices will be beef, salmon (gluten free) or vegetarian. Invitations will be mailed soon, or you can register online. Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment for sponsorship information:

Phone: 503-224-1458

OmoideOmoide Project Workshop
Tuesday, September 13, 5:30-7:00 PM
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Free and open to the public, RSVP by September 10th

Please join us for a workshop around storytelling hosted by the Omoide Project, an all-volunteer outreach program operated through the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington. Since 1991, the Omoide team has published five volumes of children's books featuring illustrated childhood recollections of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Based out of Seattle, core team members visit schools, provide teacher workshops, attend cultural events, and speak at a variety of other venues across the state of Washington.

Come help us welcome the Omoide team for their first ever visit to Oregon! Attendees will be able to watch a short video documentary on the project, hear a reading of their collected stories, share tips on how to open dialog and encourage discussion, and participate in a small writing and illustration workshop.

Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment to RSVP or for more information:

Phone: 503-224-1458

This program is in partnership with the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington.

Minidoka Center Field Project
at the Minidoka National Historic Site

The goal of the Center Field Project is to re-construct one of the baseball fields at Minidoka and its supporting structures, including scoreboard, backstop, player benches, and exhibit panels.

Minidoka baseballBaseball played a key role in sustaining the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Minidoka War Relocation Center from 1942-45. Many camp residents—youth and adults, male and female—played baseball or softball on one of the many fields throughout the camp.

Field-In-A-Day is based on the 1952 Farm-In-A-Day event on property that was part of the historic Minidoka site. Approximately 1500 volunteers built a two bedroom home, dug irrigation canals, built corrals, and planted crops — all in a single day. On Saturday, May 28th, individuals and groups joined Friends of Minidoka and park staff in rebuilding one of the baseball fields that were interspersed among the 44 residential blocks.

Support the Minidoka Center Field Project by volunteering for Field-In-A-Day, making a donation, or purchasing a special commemorative baseball (a portion of sales supports the Center Field Project). The baseball ($10, case costs extra) is available for purchase at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Please visit www.nps.gov for more information.

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:

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Lan SuA Series of Summer Adventures
July 1 - August 31, 2016

Discover a summer of adventure at Lan Su Chinese Garden with a series of events and activities for the whole family. Featuring weekly tai chi lessons, feng shui lectures, guided poetry tours in the garden, caligraphy demonstrations, and brush painting demonstration. Learn more at www.lansugarden.org.

Portland Japanese Garden
Bending Nature: Four Bamboo Artists in the Garden
August 20-October 16, 2016

Bamboo is known for its unique character as a plant: having flexibility and strength. This exhibition features the work of four internationally known bamboo artists on view in three outdoor locations around the Japanese Garden. Each of these artists attempts to "bend nature" in new directions, challenging conventional bamboo craft techniques and forms to reflect the close relationship between nature and ourselves. Learn more at japanesegarden.com.

Past events:

Plaza Cleanup
Saturday, July 30, 8:00 a.m.
at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (NW Couch Street and Naito Parkway)

Volunteers are needed to help us clean the Japanese American Historical Plaza on Saturday, July 30, starting at 8am. Clean-up activities include pulling weeds, sweeping, and picking up litter. If possible, volunteers are encouraged to bring a broom, dust pan, rake, work gloves, water, flag markers, and any other tools and supplies that might be useful.

Breaking the Silence – Stories of Courage from our Elders
Presented in Partnership with Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Tuesday, May 3, 7pm
At the Mediatheque Theater at Pacific Northwest College of Art (511 NW Broadway, Portland)
Free and open to the public

Four speakers will talk about their lives during and after the Second World War. Moderated by Linda Tamura of Willamette University, the conversation will focus on the role storytelling plays in the healing process after trauma. The panelists will connect their experiences with the war and their later decisions to begin public speaking. One of the speakers, George Nakata lived in a Japanese American concentration camp in Idaho during World War II. A second speaker, Taka Mizote, spent the war years in farm labor camps in eastern Oregon. The other two speakers, Les and Eva Aigner, survived the Second World War in Europe then lived through political unrest in Hungary before emigrating to America. For more information on the speakers, visit www.ojmche.org.Minoru Yasui

Inspiring Action and Igniting Justice
Symposium honoring the life and legacy of Minoru Yasui
World Trade Center Portland (Building Two, 25 SW Salmon Street)
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Minoru Yasui's life proves that one person can make a difference. The purpose of this symposium is to inspire action and ignite justice. Opportunities and implications will be explored and shared with the intention that attendees see what they can do to make this world a better place.

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