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

Sakura SakuraExhibit Open
Sakura Sakura
Opens to the public March 7, 2015

Celebrated local photographer Motoya Nakamura has created a body of work by making photographs and videos of sakura (cherry blossom trees) throughout one year at the Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial in Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The trees, which were a gift from Japan, manifest Japanese American history that is unique to this region and evoke Nakamura's desire to explore the notions of belonging, identity and diaspora—notions with which the artist constantly grapples.

First Thursday
April 2, 2015, 4-7 p.m.
Free and open to the public

golf4th Annual Strawberry Golf Tournament
Fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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!

Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available. Visit the Strawberry Golf Tournament site to register or for more information, download our flyer, or contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458

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:

2015 Minidoka Pilgrimage
June 25 - 28, 2015

This summer, the 11th annual pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families, and friends - from Seattle, Portland, and across the nation - to the former Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho. This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience. Participation is limited. Scheduled activities:

  • Access to an original barrack building and mess hall
  • Visit the reconstructed fence, about one mile in length from the stone entrance buildings along the North Side Canal to the historic swimming hole
  • Guided tour of the Minidoka National Historic Site by National Park Service staff

Registration deadline is June 1, 2015. Go to www.minidokapilgrimage.org to learn more.

Japanese Garden
Behind the Shoji Call for Entries
Deadline for entries: March 30, 2015

The Japanese Garden Gift Store is seeking artists for this year's Behind the Shoji. This one-of-a-kind annual show and sale features Japanese-inspired art and crafts-all within the setting of the most authentic Japanese garden outside Japan. The sale will run from July 11-August 16, with Preview Reception for Japanese Garden Members on July 11. Proceeds benefit the Portland Japanese Garden. Details are available at japanesegarden.com.

HakkodoArt in the Garden: Hakkodo, The Artisans of Kamakura
April 11 - May 3, 2015

This April, Keiko Goto and her sister Naoko are bringing four generations of their family's carved and lacquered wood to the Portland Japanese Garden for its first exhibition in the U.S. in 110 years. In 1905 the Lewis & Clark Exposition brought exhibits to Portland from around the world. Eager to show the world an exquisite example of Japanese artistry, Japan sent Hakkodo's work to the Exposition where Ms. Goto's great-grandfather and grandfather were awarded a Gold Medal for outstanding craftsmanship. More information 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.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Chinese Fun and Games
March 6 – March 31, 2015

Throughout Chinese history, gardens have been places of recreation. A Chinese family who owned a garden similar to Lan Su would enjoy many games and forms of entertainment. This March, explore the history and playing of traditional Chinese games including ping pong, Chinese checkers, mahjong, Wei Chi (Go) and more. Learn more at lansugarden.org.

Film Screening Presented by the U.S.-Japan Council
Stories from Tohoku
Friday, April 17, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Mercy Corps, Aceh Room, 45 SW Ankeny St, Portland

Stories from Tohoku examines survivors' strength, resilience, grace and acceptace, and the enduring bonds between the people of Japan and Americans of Japanese ancestry. This film is an inspiring tribute to the human spirit during Japan's recovery and rebuilding follwing the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Register to attend at usjapancouncil.org/portland.

Congressional Gold Medal Dinner
Supporting the Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition
Friday, June 12, 2015
The Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market Street, San Jose, California

You are cordially invited to the Congressional Gold Medal Dinner on Friday, June 12, at The Fairmount Hotel in San Jose, California. The dinner will help to raise funds and increase awareness for the Smithsonian Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition that is presently in development. Program highlights include a keynote speech by Secretary Eric Shinseki and a presentation on the exhibition planning with the Smithsonian. Click here to learn more, donate, or purchase tickets.

AHCArchitectural Heritage Center
Strength, Utility, and Beauty: Architectural Metal in the Gilded Age
On display through August 2015

In Portland, the use of metal as a building material dates to the Victorian era, with the construction of new commercial and institutional buildings. Using examples from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation's collection of nearly 2,000 metal artifacts, this exhibit tells the story of the variety of metals found in late 19th - early 20th century Portland architecture. Guest curator Morgen Young of Alder, LLC explores the use of these metals, highlighting local producers. Most artifacts on display have never before been showcased publicly. Learn more at www.visitahc.org.

paper. people. place. time.
On display through March 21, 2015

This exhibit features pieces that explore paper, people, and places of past and present in a series of paper weavings, paper sculptures, and paper assemblages that incorporate a diverse use of vintage photographs and ephemera. Learn more at www.visitahc.org.

Oregon History Museum
A Community on the Move
February 1 – June 28, 2015

A Community on the MoveThis original exhibition, created by the Oregon Black Pioneers, explores how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland's black families and businesses. Drawing on personal photographs, historic artifacts, and hands-on experiences, A Community on the Move illuminates Portland's vibrant black community of the 1940s and early 1950s, which thrived despite a larger cultural and legal context of discrimination and displacement. As present-day gentrification in Portland impacts historically black neighborhoods, the importance of acknowledging and understanding this little-known history is critical to our collective future. With this in mind, A Community on the Move has been designed so that visitors can connect and compare past conditions to our modern realities. Learn more at www.ohs.org.

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I and II
February 28 – December 7, 2015

Guns, bombs, planes, tanks, ships, and submarines were the major weapons of World Wars I and II, but the persuasive powers of words and images were critically important in gaining and galvanizing the support of the American public. During both of the World Wars, the United States Government ran aggressive public relations campaigns; these propaganda posters, from the Mark Family Collection, are a sampling of poster art from World Wars I and II. Learn more at ohs.org.

White Box at U of O Portland
Unfiltered Kilter
On display March 5 - April 25
U of O, Portland - White Stag Building, 24 NW 1st Avenue

In Unfiltered Kilter, a cohort of University of Oregon alumni seek to trouble their habitual practice as artists, jostling firm solutions in hopes of uncovering overlooked possibilities. This endeavor is signaled with the use of the fossilized term "kilter," which, by definition, conveys a state of order, alignment, and proper functioning. Most commonly, however, the word is used in idiomatic reference to its own "offness"; it is this implied interval of wayward movement that the artists have embraced. More information is available at whitebox.uoregon.edu.

Past events:

3rd Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2015, 10am-4pm
118 NW 3rd Avenue, Portland

Shop 'til you drop! This is a unique sale of Japanese collectibles, objects and furniture. Items start as low as 25 cents!osechi ryori

Osechi 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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