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

Mochitsuki 2015
mochitsukiThe Year of the Sheep
Sunday, January 25, 11am-4pm
at PSU Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway, Portland

Enjoy free mochi samples, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages including: mochi pounding, mochi making, ikebana, origami, games, calligraphy, and much more! Performers include UNIT SOUZOU, Sahomi Tachibana Dancers, Takohachi, Fujinami-Kai, Alton Takiyama-Chung, and Portland Taiko. Please visit mochipdx.org for more information.

Before Memories Fade: Uncovering the Story of the Kida Family of White Salmon
On display through February 22, 2015

Before Memories FadeBoth heartbreaking and inspirational, Before Memories Fade gives voice to a family's story that was at risk of being lost forever. Using first-hand materials and community recollections, our all-volunteer exhibit committee has been able to walk in the footsteps of Kenjiro and Kay Kida and their son George. While the branch of the Kida family ended when George passed away in 1998, the memory of this family continues to be carried in the hearts of their friends and neighbors. We invite you to join us on their journey from immigration, through World War II, to the end of a century. Along the way, find out how the road that led us to the Kidas intersects not just one Japanese American family but the American experience itself.

First Thursday
Thursday, February 5, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Family Day
Sunday, February 15, noon-3pm
Free and open to the public

Celebrate 2015, the Year of the Sheep, with story time and fun and engaging activities for all ages! On Sunday, February 15, visit our latest exhibit to learn more about a family that lived through World War II. Be a history detective using activity cards which allow you to walk in the footsteps of the Kidas.

2015 Day of Remembrance/Nisei Appreciation Luncheon
Sponsored by Portland JACL and the Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland
Sunday, February 22, 1-4pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon Street, Portland
Cost: $40 per person, Free for Nisei
Reservations required

The U.S. government told them to pack up, sell their businesses and get ready to leave their homes. They did. The same government classified the men as enemy aliens but asked them to leave their loved ones behind the barbed wire and volunteer to fight. They did. Their story forms an exceptional part of what we have labeled The Greatest Generation. They are the Nisei.

For the 2015 Day of Remembrance, Portland JACL and the Japanese Ancestral Society are co‐sponsoring a Nisei Appreciation Luncheon to honor this generation of Japanese Americans and thank them for their contributions to the community and to the United States. Contact Portland JACL for more information or to register.

4th Annual Strawberry Golf Tournament
Fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Thursday, May 14, 2014
at Langdon Farms Golf Club, Aurora

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! Check back 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:

Willamette University Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2015
Life Interrupted: A Look at Displaced Communties
January 19 - 26, 2015

Featured Event:
"An American Diary – A Look at Life Interrupted" with Roger Shimomura
Friday, January 23, 2015, 7pm
Hudson Concert Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University, Salem

Join nationally-recognized artist Roger Shimomura as he surveys his career over a forty year period. Shimomura will discuss how his paintings, prints, and experimental theater pieces have been propelled by his experience in the Japanese American incarceration camps; racism faced post-WWII as well as his own physical environment that has been constantly filled with his collections ranging from Walt Disney memorabilia to WWII stereotypes of Asian people. This event also features Lawson Fusao Inada, former Oregon Poet Laureate, whose poetry is featured at the Japanese American Historical Plaza.

Learn more about Willamette University's MLK Celebration programming at www.willamette.edu.

Japanese Garden
Free Admissions Day
Monday, February 16, 2015, 10am-4pm

Guides will be stationed throughout the Japanese Garden to speak about the Garden's history, culture, and traditions. Details are available at japanesegarden.com.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Anne Frank: A History for Today
January 15 – April 14, 2015

Anne FrankBetween 1942 and 1944, Anne Frank [born 1929] hid with her family in an attic in Amsterdam, writing daily in her diary. She did not survive the war and died of typhus in a concentration camp. Anne Frank: A History for Today depicts Anne Frank's brief life story, abundantly illustrated with family photos and passages from her diary. A small exhibit of pastel drawings by the painter Henk Pander, called Hiding, will also be on view. These rarely displayed works depict Pander's childhood in Haarlem, barely ten miles from Anne Frank's hiding place. Learn more at www.ojmche.org.

Oregon History 101
Social Movements, Citizenship, and Civil Liberties: Oregon Women and Progressive Era Reform and Reaction (1890s to World War I)
with Dr. Kimberly Jensen, Ph.D., Professor of History, Western Oregon University
Monday, February 2, 2015, 7pm
Oregon History 101McMenamins Kennedy School (5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland)
Free, all ages welcome

One hundred years ago women in Oregon faced many challenges and debated gendered questions that have powerful echoes in our own day. Oregon women shaped powerful reform movements and forged new civic roles including the achievement of the vote, office holding, and jury service for women, public health and civic betterment movements, and labor reforms battling corporate interests, regulating workplaces, and making education more accessible to women. Many women of color, wage-earning, and Socialist women challenged privileged structures of whiteness and the capitalist state. Oregon women's activism during this period is a vital part of our state's history and the history of the Progressive Era in the nation. Go to www.mcmenamins.com to learn more.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Chinese New Year
February 19 – March 5, 2015

Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su's two-week celebration. The celebration kicks off on Thursday, February 19 with "Rolling in the Wealth," a traditional good fortune and prosperity activity of rolling oranges and gold coins through Lan Su's front door. "Rolling in the Wealth" is followed by a lion dance performance, and much more! Every guest visiting on February 19 will also receive a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope. Learn more at lansugarden.org.

Past events:

osechi ryoriOsechi Ryori - Japanese New Year's Food
Winter fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Cost: $130 (or $100 if you provide your own jubako box)
On sale through December 19, 2014

Enjoy traditional Japanese New Year's food (as well as items from the Pacific Northwest) prepared by our Nikkei community cooks, displayed in a three-tiered box (jubako), while supporting the Oregon Nikkei Endowment! The cost is $130 for the entire osechi ryori (or $100 if you provide your own jubako), of which $60 is tax-deductible.

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

November 13 - December 24, 2014
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11am-7pm; Sun. Noon-5pm; closed Mondays
11 NW 5th Avenue, Portland

Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday pop-up shop, Omiyage! Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian inspired gifts and crafts created by local artisans, designers and authors. Omiyage will feature jewelry, fashion and home accessories, cards, origami ornaments, arts and crafts, Anime-inspired merchandise, books by local authors and a selection of curated vintage items. Proceeds from Omiyage sales will support our local vendors and the programs, exhibits, and mission of Oregon Nikkei Endowment. Visit downtownportland.org for more information about the PDX Pop-Up Shop Project.

Hidden LegacyHidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2pm
at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland)

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.

Productions by HiraharaThis 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. This event is co-sponsored by Productions by Hirahara. Learn more about Hidden Legacy at jcalegacy.com.

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