Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Formerly Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

411 NW Flanders St.
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 503-224-1458 for reservations

Adult $8, Senior $6, Student $5, Children 11 & under Free


Upcoming Activities

Current Exhibit
Grace, Grit and Gaman:
Japanese American Women through the Generations

On display through December 31, 2021

This exhibition shares the rarely revealed story of the grace, grit, and gaman (Japanese for perseverance) displayed by Japanese American women. Visitors will learn of the unique challenges these women facedóin their own ways, on their own terms, and in their own times.

A virtual panel discussion, Grace, Grit and Gaman: Generations of Japanese American Women, was held on Wednesday, June 23, moderated by Dr. Linda Tamura and featuring Dorothy Sato, Julianne Parker, and Vicki Nakashima. View the panel discussion via YouTube here.

Phone: 503-224-1458

Cherry Blossom Bazaar

Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures

*Postponed until further notice*

Shop 'til you drop! This is a unique sale of Japanese collectibles, artwork, dishware, furniture, and more. Items start as low as 25 cents! Something for every age, taste, and budget! All proceeds benefit the Japanese American Museum of Oregon.

Join us for this exclusive opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind Japanese treasures before the general public! Food and drink is included in admission.

Phone: 503-224-1458

Resources & Services
Check out our Resources page to learn more about the Japanese American Museum of Oregon'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:

Portland Japanese Garden
Living Classroom webinarLiving Classroom of Nature, Architecture, & Culture
Five-part webinar series
starting Tuesday, September 28, 4pm
Free, registration required

A Japanese garden is not simply a place of beauty, serenity, and contemplation grounded in a long tradition, but it is also a holistic art form functioning as a place of discovery and innovation that continues to evolve through cross-pollination with other cultural forms. This interactive webinar delves into how Japanese landscape design principles and aesthetics have impacted the ways in which modern society approaches art and architecture while helping mold our relationship with nature. Visit www.japanesegarden.com to learn more.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Art at Lan SuArt at Lan Su: Ningshu Fang and The Han Collection
at Lan Su Garden (239 NW Everett Street, Portland)
on display through October 27, 2021

Ningshu Fang's grandmother, an art professor in the architecture department of Tong Ji University, sparked Fangís interest in art when she was in kindergarten. In the meditative moment of drawing, she is at peace with herself, and the most precious thing is that she is with her grandmother again. The Han Collection showcases the talent of emerging Jiangsu artists and offers the public an opportunity to experience original work by native Chinese artists. Visit lansugarden.org to learn more.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Lawrence Halprin FountainsLawrence Halprin, Fountains
at Oregon Jewish Museum (724 NW Davis Street, Portland)
on display through November 19, 2021

Lawrence Halprin stands as one of the great landscape architects of the twentieth century. In 1963 the Portland Development Commission invited Lawrence Halprin and Associates to design a series of fountains in Portlandís downtown. Lawrence Halprin, Fountains celebrates Portlandís Open Space Sequence, the cityís first urban renewal district that wiped away a Jewish immigrant community and replaced it with fountain plazas that launched the cityís traditions of world-class public space and urban greenspaces. Visit www.ojmche.org to learn more.

Past events:

Virtual Grand Opening May 6th

Our Virtual Grand Opening was Thursday, May 6th! View the event via YouTube.

Virtual Event
Nisei WWII Veteransí Stamp Dedication
Monday, June 14, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
Virtual Program via Vimeo
Free and open to the public

At this dedication ceremony, presenters will unveil the U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring Nisei veterans of World War II. Tributes will include four generations of Japanese Americans and three vignettes of Oregon Nisei military service, portrayed by Asian American actors.

Presented by Oregon Nisei Veterans, Inc., Japanese American Citizens League, Japanese American Museum of Oregon, and Mary Yamaguchi Fund at the Southwest Community Foundation of Washington. Visit www.ohs.org to learn more.

Osechi Ryori 2019
Osechi RyoriWinter fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment

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 traditional foods include nishime, kazunoko, makizushi, chirashi, kimpira gobo, and more...

OmiyageHoliday Museum Store 2019
Open November 17 through December 22, 2019
Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday noon-4pm
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday gift shop! This holiday season, Oregon Nikkei Endowment's museum gift shop, Omiyage, has been expanded at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian American gifts and crafts created by local artisans and designers. Omiyage features jewelry, cards, origami ornaments, home accessories, arts and crafts, Anime-inspired merchandise, books, and a selection of curated vintage items.

Matsutake Hunt 2019
October 19-20, 2019
Cost: $55
For current and new Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment onlymatsutake

Join us on a field trip to hunt and gather Matsutake mushrooms on the Oregon Coast. This outing is especially designed for novices and is open to Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment.

Scheduled itinerary (subject to change) includes a guided matsutake hunt in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a Social Hour and dinner on Saturday evening, breakfast Sunday, and additional mushroom hunting on Sunday (lodging in Yachats is not included).


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