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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
2nd Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
Shop 'til you drop!
Special Preview Night to Benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Join us for this Exclusive Opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind Japanese treasures before the general public! This is a unique sale of Japanese collectibles, objects and furniture. Items start as low as 25 cents! Food and drink is included in admission. RSVP to Oregon Nikkei Endowment to reserve your spot!
Time for spring cleaning! Donate your Japanese items for the Cherry Blossom Bazaar! Call Oregon Nikkei Endowment at 503-224-1458 to arrange for drop off or to sign up to volunteer.
The Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO) is presenting the 4th annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Japan has been celebrating the season and beauty of the delicate pink blossoms for centuries, with picnics under the blossoming trees accompanied by music and dance. Sakura Sunday will celebrate the beautiful blossoms, the season of spring, and the friendship between the United States and Japan, symbolized by the cherry trees in the park — a gift to the City of Portland from the Japanese Grain Importers Association in 1989. Food and drink available from a number of vendors. Go to jaso.org for more information.
3rd Annual Strawberry Golf Tournament
More information coming soon!
Resources & Services
Other Community Events
This exhibition will show calligraphy by Master Yoshiyasu Fujii of Tokyo and the Meito Shodo Kai, the largest Japanese calligraphy association in the United States. Many of those whose work is represented in this exhibition have received top awards at prestigious calligraphy competitions in Japan and the US. Go to japanesegarden.com to learn more.
Exhibit at the Architectural Heritage Center
The 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia introduced the mysterious and previously closed world of Japanese design, with the ingredients of its "new style" on display at the Japanese Pavilion. It took the U.S. by storm and resulted in an explosion of all-things Anglo-Japanese. Classic Japanese motifs of cherry blossoms, cranes, butterflies, and more appeared everywhere; by the 1880s, the rapidly developing hardware manufacturing industry launched its always-visionary design creativity to join in the new "craze" that would last for 20+ years. Go to www.visitahc.org to learn more about this exhibit.
Judy Geniac of the National Park Service and the new Superintendent of the Minidoka National Historic Site will be at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to give an update of the Minidoka site, including the status of the guard tower reconstruction and plans for a new interpretive center.
Day of Remembrance, with Portland JACL
Featuring a panel with Native American and Japanese American community members commenting on a shared history of discrimination, and a presentation from Portland Taiko and Native American drummers. Go to pdxjacl.org to learn more about this event.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment has partnered with the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington to present the Minidoka Kamishibai, which honors the centuries-old tradition of Japanese storytelling, or kamishibai. Storyteller Fumiko "Fumi" Groves will use illustrated pages from the children's book The Minidoka Story to share firsthand memories of when Japanese Americans were imprisoned without trial during World War II.
Enjoy free mochi samples, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages including: mochi pounding, mochi making, ikebana, origami, games, taiko, and much more!
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