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

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

November 13 - December 24, 2014
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm; Sunday, Noon-5pm; closed Monday
11 NW 5th Avenue, Portland

Saturday-Sunday, December 20-21: Friends of O.N.E. receive 10% off all purchases!

Sunday, December 21, 1-4pm: Children's Day, featuring Origami Ornament Making with Lunarcat Studios

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.

Oregon Nikkei Endowment is excited to have been selected to participate in the Portland Business Alliance and Portland Development Commission's PDX Pop-Up Shop project. The project turns Portland's vacant retail space into temporary shops that showcase local talent and encourage downtown shoppers to seek out unique gift offerings during the holiday season. Omiyage will share space with two emerging retail entrepreneurs: Draplin Design/Field Notes and North Street Bags.

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. If you are interested in volunteering at Omiyage, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Osechi Ryori - Japanese New Year's Food
Winter fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Cost: $130 (or $100 if you provide your own jubako box)
osechi ryoriOn 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. Order online here.

Your order will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, December 31, 2:30-3:30 (at Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Ave, Portland). If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Mochitsuki 2015
mochitsukiThe Year of the Sheep
Sunday, January 25, 2015
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, taiko, and much more!

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:

Free Oral History Screening presented by The Vanport Multimedia Project
The Wake of Vanport
at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland
Sunday, December 14, 2pm
Free and open to the public

The Wake of Vanport is so named to honor the death of a city and the viewing of its history through the collection of Vanport stories told by the voices of those who lived there. It is also a celebration of life after loss. Vanport is a lost city of Oregon with a rich history for all Oregonians. Community members, local historians, artists, media makers, and educators collaborated to turn oral history interviews into short and powerful pieces of digital audio and visual narrative. Immediately following the screening there will be an opportunity for discussion with survivors and producers.

The Vanport Multimedia Project is an ongoing project of North Portland Multimedia Training Center (NPMTC) to collect and archive oral history from individuals in the Portland African American community. Go to www.ohs.org to learn more.

Exhibit at UO Portland
Outside In
at UO Portland, White Stag Block, Light Court Commons, 70 NW Couch Street, Portland
On display through December 31, 2014

Most of us spend more than 90% of our lives in static indoor environments. Two of the consequences of this prolonged lack of contact with nature and change are elevated stress and reduced alertness. The "Outside In" installation is extracted from the newly released video-animated iBook Vital, by University of Oregon professor Kevin Nute, which shows how both of these problems can be effectively addressed by using the simple techniques of projection and enclosure to bring the natural movements of the weather indoors. Read more on the UO Calendar.

Past events:

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.

25 YearsAnnual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 5pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St, Portland
Cost: $125 per person

Join us in celebrating 25 years of Oregon Nikkei Endowment and honoring the interviewees of the Minidoka Oral History Project. Activities included a wine pull, silent auction, and music by the Minidoka Swing Band. The keynote speaker was Mr. David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7's Eyewitness News newscasts at 4 and 6 PM in Los Angeles. His recent documentary film, Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain about the World War II Japanese American incarceration camp in Wyoming, recently garnered three Emmy Awards at the 66th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards on July 26.

Thank you to our banquet sponsors: The Boeing Company, Perkins Coie LLP, Homer & Miyuki Yasui, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Also thanks to our banquet donors, including the Iwasaki Brothers Greenhouse, Tanasacres Nursery, Lan Su Chinese Garden, and many, many more!

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