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

Family Day

Courtesy of Tom and Rhonda Hardy

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

Come join us for this free, family-friendly day at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center and learn more about Captain Hardy and his trip with Commodore Perry to Japan. On this last day of Captain Hardy & the Black Ship Scroll, we will unroll the entire Black Ship Scroll which depicts the 1853 Perry expedition.

As a special surprise, descendants of Captain Hardy have come forward with more treasures from Captain Hardy’s later travels back to Japan. They will be sharing these heirlooms with Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center visitors. Among these artifacts is a magnificent book of children's drawings which celebrate the friendship between America and Japan. It is not to be missed!

Family Day Schedule
Noon–1pm: Viewing of artifacts owned by Tom and Rhonda Hardy of Seattle
1–2pm: Talk by Cathy Erickson and the unrolling of the Black Ship Scroll

This program is partially funded by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

National Park Service Public Meeting
Tule Lake Unit General Management Plan

Virtual meeting dates:
Tuesday, January 10, 10am-noon (PST)

Wednesday, January 18, 3-5pm (PST)

Virtual meeting information: www.nps.gov/tule/getinvolved/planning.htm

The National Park Service announces the release of the General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Tule Lake Unit. Please join them at one of their Oregon meetings to share your thoughts about the plan. The plan provides long-term guidance for how the National Park Service will develop and manage the unit, and how the stories of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II will be told at Tule Lake. Visit parkplanning.nps.gov/TuleLakeGMP to view the plan or to submit comments online.


Mochitsuki 2017
The Year of the Rooster
Sunday, January 29, 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! Please visit mochipdx.org for more information.

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.

Minoru Yasui: Roots to Results
Teacher Workshop
Saturday, February 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Registration deadline: February 21

In February 1942, two months after the United States declared war on Japan, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. This order led to the forced removal and incarceration of all Japanese Americans living along the West Coast. Minoru Yasui was an Oregon attorney who challenged these discriminatory laws.

In February 2016, The Oregon Legislature unanimously voted to designate March 28 of each year as Minoru Yasui Day.

This workshop provides lesson plans for exploring:

  • the experiences of Japanese Americans in Oregon during World War II
  • the work of Minoru Yasui
  • student learning that inspires social activism

This workshop will be led by Sarah Segal, a Hood River middle school teacher who developed the curriculum and whose students advocated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom for Minoru Yasui. Curriculum materials aligned with Common Core Standards and primary source resources will be provided to attending teachers. PDU’s will be available.

This project is funded by a grant from the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Please RSVP by February 21 to Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Resources & Services
Check out our Resources page to learn more about the Oregon Nikkei 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:

Japan-America Society of Oregon
Shinnenkai 2017
Thursday, January 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Montgomery Park (2701 NW Vaughn, Portland)

Join JASO for their annual Shinnenkai, the traditional Japanese New Year's Celebration. Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Japanese and American friends together. Immerse yourself in Japanese culture with osechi, sushi, dessert, beer and sake, traditional music, fukubukuro, kimono, and more. Shinnenkai will sell out, so purchase your tickets today! Learn more at jaso.org.

PSU Center for Japanese Studies
Korea-Japan Relations in an Era of Power Transition in East Asia
Thursday, January 19, 6pm
Smith Memorial Student Union 327/8 (1825 SW Broadway, Portland)
Free and open to the public

South Korea and Japan are East Asia's two great liberal democracies, and both are closely allied with the United States. In spite of this commonality, history weighs heavily on the relationship between Korea and Japan in a manner that produces an almost endless underlying tension. Dr. Cheol-Hee Park, Korea's foremost expert on Korea-Japan relations, will analyze recent developments in relationship between these countries that share so many concerns even as they maintain a certain wariness about each other. Learn more at www.pdx.edu/cjs.

The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory and Identity in Japan
Thursday, January 26, 6:30 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union Room 294 (1825 SW Broadway, Portland)
Free and open to the public

Akiko Hashimoto (Dept. of Sociology, Portland State University) explores the stakes of war memory in Japan after its catastrophic defeat in World War II, showing how and why defeat has become an indelible part of national collective life, especially in recent decades. Divisive war memories lie at the root of the contentious politics surrounding Japan's pacifist constitution and remilitarization, and fuel the escalating frictions in East Asia known collectively as Japan's "history problem." The discussion focuses on key war memory narratives that are shaping Japan's choices - nationalism, pacifism, or reconciliation - for addressing the rising international tensions and finally overcoming its dark history. Visit www.pdx.edu/cjs to learn more.

Lan SuLan Su Chinese Garden
Chinese New Year
January 28 - February 6, 2017

The Year of the Rooster begins January 28, 2017! 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 Saturday, January 28 with "Rolling in the Wealth," a traditional good fortune and prosperity activity of rolling oranges and gold coins through Lan Su's front door. Learn more at www.lansugarden.org.

Past events:

OmiyageHoliday Museum Store
November 11-December 24, 2016
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday noon-5pm
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday gift shop! This year, Oregon Nikkei Endowment’s holiday pop-up shop, Omiyage, has been integrated into the gift shop space at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian inspired gifts and crafts created by local artisans, designers and authors. Omiyage features jewelry, fashion and home accessories, cards, origami ornaments, arts and crafts, Anime-inspired merchandise, books, 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.

Vision and Vigilance Candlelight Vigil
with Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Portland JACL, and Japanese Ancestral Society
Sunday, December 11, 4pm
at the Japanese American Historical Plaza

Co-Sponsors: ACLU of Oregon, Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Augustana Lutheran Church, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Familias en Accion, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Jewish Voice for Peace - PDX, Know Your City, Latino Health Coalition, Living Earth, Muslim Educational Trust, Muslim Education Center, Oregon Buddhist Temple, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Portland Chinatown History Foundation, Portland Taiko, Unit Souzou, Vanport Mosaic, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Western States Center, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Portland, World Arts Foundation, Inc.

In response to the suggestion that Japanese American incarceration camps are a precedent for the creation of a Muslim registry and in response to the divisive rhetoric and rise in incidents of hate across the country, we invite everyone to join us in taking an unequivocal stand for compassion and justice for all people.

From a community that knows well the danger when fear and prejudice prevail, we stand in solidarity with targeted communities and invite everyone to join in a show of unity and support at this event that will feature diverse community voices, closed with a candlelight vigil.

With a vision united by hope, and vigilance to stand against bigotry, we will strengthen our resolve and commitment to hold our country and our elected officials accountable to uphold our civil rights, civil liberties, and the ideals that our country is founded on. Never Again!

Vision and VigilanceVision and Vigilance
Sunday, October 9, 10am-noon
at the Gerding Theater at the Armory

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7-9pm
at the Columbia Center for the Arts (215 Cascade Ave, Hood River)

Join a panel of diverse community leaders who will engage participants in dialogue, reflection and inspiration in facilitated roundtables. The community facilitators will share their knowledge and connect their work in civil and human rights to the work of Minoru Yasui. Vision and Vigilance addresses the ongoing need for individuals and communities to be advocates for the needs of their communities.

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