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Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
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.
3rd Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
Shop 'til you drop! This is a unique sale of Japanese collectibles, objects and furniture. Items start as low as 25 cents!
Special Preview Night to Benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment
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. RSVP to Oregon Nikkei Endowment to reserve your spot:
Time for spring cleaning! Donate your new or gently used Japanese items for the Cherry Blossom Bazaar from February 17–March 4, noon–5pm. Donations must be pre-arranged, so please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment to arrange for drop-off or to sign up to volunteer.
4th Annual Strawberry Golf Tournament
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! Check back for more information.
Resources & Services
Other Community Events
Mark the changing of the season with our annual celebration of Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival. Families are invited to visit the Pavilion where children and adults can all be photographed in a traditional cotton yukata with the Garden's special collection of handmade Hina Ningyo dolls, gifted by the Loen and Sho Dozono Family. Details are available at japanesegarden.com.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Between 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.
PSU Center for Japanese Studies
This lecture is the second in the "Memory Wars in East Asia" series presented by Dr. Ruoff of Portland State University. He focuses on the ways that governments and citizenry in the East Asian countries remember their modern histories, particularly the colonial/imperialistic eras. This lecture analyzes the manner in which exhibits at key museums in and around Seoul ranging from Independence Hall to the newly opened National Museum of Korean Contemporary History portray the modern history of South Korea. More information is available at www.pdx.edu/cjs.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
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 Thursday, February 19 with "Rolling in the Wealth," a traditional good fortune and prosperity activity of rolling oranges and gold coins through Lan Su's front door. "Rolling in the Wealth" is followed by a lion dance performance, and much more! Every guest visiting on February 19 will also receive a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope. Learn more at lansugarden.org.
Oregon History Museum
This 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.ojmche.org.
Benton County Historical Museum
Feminine, Daring Meisen Kimonos is an exhibition at Benton County Historical Museum featuring early 20th century Japanese kimono from the private collection of Corvallis artist Karen Illman Miller. Also included in the exhibition are Japanese haori (jackets) and the unusual paper stencils used to dye the threads before the fabrics were woven. More information is available at www.bentoncountymuseum.org.
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.
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 Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps
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.
This 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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