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

Museum DaySmithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
at the Legacy Center

This year marks the 10th annual Museum Day Live!, an event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is a participating museum. Free admission to the museum during exhibit hours (11am-3pm) with the Museum Day Live! ticket. To get your ticket or to learn more about Museum Day Live!, go to www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

Annual 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

25 YearsJoin us in celebrating 25 years of Oregon Nikkei Endowment and honoring the interviewees of the Minidoka Oral History Project.

Planned activities include a wine pull, silent auction, and music by the Minidoka Swing Band. The keynote speaker will be 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" on 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.

Table sponsorships are available. If you would like to volunteer or donate to the silent auction or wine pull, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment. If you would like to attend the banquet, you may register online or mail in a check indicating your meal choice (beef, salmon, or vegetarian). Please contact O.N.E. with questions:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Art Behind Barbed Wire: A Pacific Northwest Exploration of Japanese American Arts and Crafts Created in World War II Incarceration Camps
July 12 — October 19, 2014

Art Behind Barbed WireArt Behind Barbed Wire is a travelling exhibition from the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington's Northwest Nikkei Museum, featuring arts and crafts from the Pacific Northwest community created by Japanese Americans in World War II incarceration camps. The voices and humanity of those unjustly deprived of their civil liberties are remembered through their art created behind barbed wire.

First Thursday
Thursday, October 2, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Teacher Conference
Oregon Council for the Social Studies Fall Conference 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9am-3pm
at Concordia University in Portland

Join Kim Blair, Education Manager at Oregon Nikkei Endowment, for the Oregon Council for the Social Studies Fall Conference on Saturday, October 4, at Concordia University. Kim will be presenting a session using our new Identity Curriculum for students in grades 3-5. There will be sessions for all grade levels! For more information or to register, visit www.oregonsocialstudies.org.

Matsutake Hunt
October 11-12, 2014
Overnight option: $50
Daytrip option (Saturday or Sunday only): $25
For current and new Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment only

matsutakeJoin us on a field trip to hunt and gather Matsutake mushrooms on Mt. Hood. This outing is especially designed for novices and is open to Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, which is presented in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.

The daytrip options include a guided matsutake hunt at various locations on Mt. Hood. The overnight option includes all Saturday and Sunday activities, as well as a Social Hour and salmon dinner on Saturday evening and breakfast on Sunday (lodging is not included).

You may register online or mail in the matsutake registration form. Contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment with questions:

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:

Architectural Heritage Center Special Event
Two Historic buildings, Two Stories on New Chinatown/Japantown
Friday, September 12, 2014, noon to 4pm
Cost: $25, includes lunch at the Golden Horse

Tour options:
9:30-11:30 a.m. - followed by noon lunch
1:30-3:30 p.m. - preceded by noon lunch

The Architectural Heritage Center, in collaboration with the Portland Chinatown History and Museum Foundation, will lead a special tour exploring the interiors and telling the stories of two structures in the New Chinatown/Japantown National Register Historic District: the Mariner's Home and the Pallay Building on NW 3rd Avenue. Both long vacant, the Mariner's Home is currently being re-adapted as a hotel/hostel called The Society Hotel, while the Pallay Building annex, also known as Wong's Laundry, is still at risk. Space for this event is limited. Go to www.visitahc.org for event updates and registration information.

Words That Burn
A Dramatization of WWII Experiences of William Stafford, Lawson Inada, and Guy Galbandón in Their Own Words
September 25-28, 2014
at Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark Street, Portland
Cost: $20 advance, $23 at the door, $17 students/veterans/seniors 70+

Words That BurnAs part of La Luna Nueva Festival 2014, Los Porteños presents Words That Burn at the Milagro Theatre in Portland. The September 27th performance features In the Aftermath: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a 7pm pre-show performance from Yukiyo Kawano (installation artist) and Meshi Chávez (Butoh dancer). Go to www.milagro.org to purchase tickets.

Wilsonville History Night
The Three Kichis: The First Japanese in the Pacific Northwest
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30pm
at McMenamins Old Church & Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road, Wilsonville
Free, all ages welcome

Learn the story of three Japanese sailors who washed up on the coast of what is now Washington in 1834 after their vessel, crippled beyond repair by a sudden storm, had drifted for over a year across the Pacific. These men were the first known Japanese migrants in this region and later traveled far and wide. Go to www.mcmenamins.com for more information.

History Pub at Old St. Francis School
What if Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?
Presentation by Linda Tamura, Prof. of Education, Willamette U.
Tuesday, September 30, 7pm
at Old St. Francis School - Father Luke's Room, 700 NW Bond Street, Bend
Free, all ages welcome

What If Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?Post World War II, the community of Hood River garnered national attention for discrediting Japanese American war heroes and petitioning to block the return of Japanese American families to their homes after their detainment in war time incarceration camps. In the face of this prejudice, ordinary citizens found the courage to rise up and demonstrate principles of justice and decency. Linda Tamura is professor of education at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She is the author of Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River. Go to www.mcmenamins.com for more information.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Suzhou Summer: The Art & Music of China
July 1 - September 30, 2014

Suzhou Summer: The Art & Music of China will feature a series of demonstrations and activities in the traditional arts of calligraphy, brush painting, seal carving and music, and Chinese folk art paintings created by Suzhou artists will be on display and for sale. Suzhou, Portland's sister city in China's Jiangsu province, is famous for its beautiful gardens and was China's most sophisticated metropolis from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Go to lansugarden.org to learn more.

Oregon Archives Crawl
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10am - 3pm
Free and open to the public

Join us at this year's Oregon Archives Crawl through downtown Portland, where you can participate with archives and heritage organizations in getting in touch with history. Start at any of the three host locations—Portland Archives and Records Center, Multnomah County Central Library, or the Oregon Historical Society. At each site archivists, historians, and other representatives from heritage organizations will be available to discuss their work and collections. Go to pdxarchivists.wordpress.com for more information.

PSU Center for Japanese Studies
One Man Kabuki Storyteller
October 8, 2014, 7pm
at Portland State University, Lincoln Recital Hall, 1620 SW Park Avenue, Room 75
Free, reservation required

Kunitoshi Kineya, Nagauta shamisen performer, is coming to Portland as part of a limited U.S. West Coast tour. Nagauta is a classical style of Japanese music which traditionally accompanies kabuki theater. The first half of the performance will be a shamisen workshop explaining the significance of the music and its structure, and the second part will feature a performance of "Kurozuka," a classical kabuki piece. Go to www.pdx.edu/cjs to learn more.

Autumn Charity Concert
Autumn Charity ConcertProduced by From Portland With Love Inc.
October 9, 2014, 7pm (Cocktails at 5pm, Reception at 6:30pm)
at the World Forestry Center

Minamisoma (sister city to Pendleton, Oregon) was devastated by the Great Eastern Japan tsunami and earthquake. But it also lies just 16 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plants which were destroyed, and many of the surviving residents had to be evacuated from their homes, and remain so even today. Proceeds from this concert will be donated to assist the many programs which are in place to help the people of Minamisoma get back their lives and finally put this unprecedented disaster behind them. Go to www.fromportlandwithlove.org to learn more.
 Vida Sefaradi

Exhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum
Vida Sefaradi: A Century of Sephardic Life in Portland
June 14 - October 19, 2014
at Oregon Jewish Museum (1953 NW Kearney Street, Portland)

Portland's Sephardic community traces its origins to a small group of young men who immigrated first to Seattle from the Isle of Rhodes and Turkey and came to Portland around 1910. The stories of these first arrivals form a backdrop in which to explore Sephardic history and culture as it relates to Portland's Jewish community. The exhibit explores the historical, cultural, social and spiritual traditions of this small but fascinating community and examines its place as an integral part of the larger Jewish and general communities. Go to www.ojm.org to learn more.

Past events:

golf3rd Annual Strawberry Golf Tournament
Fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Friday, May 30, 2014
at Langdon Farms Golf Club, Aurora
Cost: $125 per person

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!

Nisei bowlingHit 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.

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