Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Japanese American History Museum
A project of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 224-1458

Exhibit 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

3rd Annual Strawberry Golf Tournament
Fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
golfFriday, May 30, 2014
at Langdon Farms Golf Club, Aurora
Cost: $125 per person ($100 early bird special!)

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! Register and pay by May 2nd to receive a $25 per golfer discount.

Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available. Visit the Strawberry Golf Tournament site to register or for more information, 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:

Portland Taiko Benefit Banquet
Golden Bachi Awards and Celebrating 20 Years of Portland Taiko
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:15pm
at Wong's King Seafood Restaurant (8733 SE Division St, Portland)

Portland Taiko will present a very special taiko performance celebrating 20 years of collaboration, education, innovation and community. This year they also launch the Golden Bachi Awards, recognizing an individual and an organization for their outstanding contributions and unwavering suport of Portland Taiko. The inaugural awardees are community member and longtime Portland Taiko donor Alice Sumida and the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. Go to www.portlandtaiko.org to learn more.

Free Lecture from PSU Center for Japanese Studies
The Significance of the Ise Shrine to Japanese History
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6pm
at PSU Smith Memorial Student Union
Free and open to the public

The Ise Shrine (Ise-jingu), also known as the Grand Shrine of Ise, is a sacred pilgrimage site. Designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government, it receives millions of visitors each year, attracting both worshippers and tourists. Dr. Breen is an eminent scholar of early modern and modern Japanese history, and an expert of early modern and modern Shinto and shrines. He will discuss the historical significance of this famous, ancient shrine. Go to www.pdx.edu/cjs to learn more.

From the Japan-America Society of Oregon
2014 Toyama Cup Japanese Speech Contest
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1pm
at Two World Trade Center, Portland
Free and open to the public

University, college and community college students of Japanese from Oregon and SW Washington will compete in two divisions. Speech topics may vary from why they are studying Japanese to funny stories of experiences while visiting Japan. The annual Toyama Cup Japanese Speech Contest is sponsored by Toyama Prefecture and is held every year in Toyama's Sister State, Oregon. Go to jaso.org to learn more.

Ray MorimuraJapanese Garden
Ray Morimura: Prints for All Seasons
April 12 - May 4, 2014

Japanese print artist Rei (Ray) Morimura began teaching himself how to make Japanese woodblock prints in the traditional manner at the age of 25. Today, his work is well known throughout the world. His evocative landscapes often depict famous gardens and temples or nostalgic scenes of rural villages that combine tradition with modernity. Morimura uses oil-based inks to create his detailed and intricate images, unlike most Japanese woodblock artists who use water-based inks. His exhibition includes the first of a series of four prints of the Portland Japanese Garden through the four seasons, with others in the series to follow later in the year. Go to japanesegarden.com to learn more.

3rd Annual Voices of Change Celebration
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Kick-off with APANO
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 5:30pm
at Mekong Bistro (8200 NE Siskiyou St, Portland)

The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) invites you to attend the 3rd Annual Voices of Change Celebration, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. The Voices of Change Celebration will be a gathering of over 200 community leaders and supporters for an evening of unique music, a sampling of Asian and Pacific Islander cuisine, and cultural performances. Go to www.apano.org for tickets or to learn more.

Lan Su in BloomLan Su Chinese Garden
Lan Su in Bloom
April 1 - May 31, 2014

Featuring four of China's most auspicious and culturally significant plants: rhododendrons, camellias, peonies and magnolias, April and May will be filled with sight and scents of special floral arrangements, unique plant displays plant walks and talks on each of the four featured plants by experts. In addition, visitors will be able to tour Lan Su with plant guides for each of the four featured plants. Go to lansugarden.org to learn more.

Exhibit at the Architectural Heritage Center
Designs from the Hidden Kingdom: "Japanesque" Hardware and American Buildings
on display through June 2014
at Architectural Heritage Center (701 SE Grand, Portland)
$3 admission

The 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia introduced the mysterious and previously closed world of Japanese design, with the ingredients of its "new style" on display at the Japanese Pavilion. It took the U.S. by storm and resulted in an explosion of all-things Anglo-Japanese. Classic Japanese motifs of cherry blossoms, cranes, butterflies, and more appeared everywhere; by the 1880s, the rapidly developing hardware manufacturing industry launched its always-visionary design creativity to join in the new "craze" that would last for 20+ years. Go to www.visitahc.org to learn more about this exhibit.

Nisei bowlingPast events:

Hit the Lanes at Hollywood Bowl
Sunday, April 13, 1:00 p.m.
at Hollywood Bowl, 4030 NE Halsey St, Portland
Cost: $10 (includes 2 hours of bowling, shoes, and food)
Free for Nisei and the Silver Circle!

Bring your family and friends for afternoon bowling with Oregon Nikkei Endowment at Hollywood Bowl. Nisei and Silver Circle bowl for free! Co-sponsored by the Oregon Nisei Men's and Women's Bowling Leagues, this might be the last chance to knock down some pins before this historic alley closes forever in May.

Cherry Blossom Bazaar2nd Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, March 29 & 30, 2014, 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!

Japanese American Historical Plaza Cleanup
Sunday, March 23, 2014, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Help us get ready for Sakura Sunday! Volunteers are needed to help clean up the Japanese American Historical Plaza on the morning of Sunday, March 23. Clean-up activities include pulling weeds, sweeping, and picking up litter. If possible, volunteers are encouraged to bring a broom, dust pan, rake, work gloves, water, flag markers, and any other tools that might be useful.

Film Screening - Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain
Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.
at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
Co-sponsored by Portland JACL and Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland

Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain

Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain explores the legacy of incarcerating those of Japanese heritage at the Heart Mountain concentration camp during World War II. This new hour-long documentary was produced by 16 time Emmy Award and three time Edward R. Murrow Award winner David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7's Eyewitness News in Los Angeles, and Jeff MacIntyre, nine time Emmy Award winner and producer/owner of Content Media Group in Southern California.

At the heart of the film are striking photos taken between 1943-1945 from inside the Heart Mountain camp by George and Frank C. Hirahara. While incarcerated at Heart Mountain, George and his son Frank – both avid photographers – captured images of camp life and special family milestones, such as engagement celebrations, weddings, and family portraits. The Hiraharas were part of a 1,000 person contingent from the Yakima Valley in Washington, who were sent to the Portland Assembly Center and then to their final destination of Heart Mountain, Wyoming.

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