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

Sakura SakuraExhibit Open
Sakura Sakura
Opens to the public March 7, 2015

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.

First Thursday – Thursday, May 7, 4-7pm
Free and open to the public

Family Day – Saturday, May 9, 11am-3pm
Free and open to the public. Join us at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to make your own Sakura Sakura picture! We will have all the supplies needed for you to paint a cherry blossom tree to hang up at home to welcome spring.

Old Town/Chinatown Photo Scavenger Hunt with Motoya Nakamura
May 9, noon-1:30pm
Ages 8+ (with family supervision)
RSVP required

As part of Family Day, join celebrated local photographer Motoya Nakamura for an exciting family-friendly workshop at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Learn more about Sakura Sakura and hear some cool stories about how Motoya captured such beautiful photographs of the cherry trees just blocks away from our museum along the Willamette River.

With Motoya as your guide, and Sakura Sakura as your inspiration, families attending will be provided disposable cameras and sent on a photo-taking scavenger hunt through the neighboring streets of Old Town/Chinatown! Students from Portland Community College and members of the Portland Photographic Society will also be on hand taking part in the fun. This event is co-sponsored by Portland Photographic Society and Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Workshop space is very limited. Please RSVP by calling or emailing the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.

Artists' Talk – Saturday, June 6, 3pm
Motoya Nakamura and visiting University of San Francisco professor Brian Komei Dempster will showcase the power of poetry, writing, and visual art to express complex issues of identity and the legacy of Japanese Americans.

golf4th Annual Strawberry Golf Tournament
Fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Thursday, May 14, 2015
at Langdon Farms Golf Club, Aurora

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!

Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available. Visit the Strawberry Golf Tournament site to register or for more information, download our flyer, or contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Book Event
Saturday, May 16, 1-5pm
Free and open to the public

Please join us at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center as Dr. Toshio Inahara unveils his new autobiography: A Nisei, Right Place, Right Time.

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:

2015 Minidoka Pilgrimage
June 25 - 28, 2015

This summer, the 11th annual pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families, and friends - from Seattle, Portland, and across the nation - to the former Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho. This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience. Participation is limited. Scheduled activities:

  • Access to an original barrack building and mess hall
  • Visit the reconstructed fence, about one mile in length from the stone entrance buildings along the North Side Canal to the historic swimming hole
  • Guided tour of the Minidoka National Historic Site by National Park Service staff

Registration deadline is June 1, 2015. Go to www.minidokapilgrimage.org to learn more.

Japanese Garden
HakkodoArt in the Garden: Hakkodo, The Artisans of Kamakura
April 11 - May 3, 2015

This April, Keiko Goto and her sister Naoko are bringing four generations of their family's carved and lacquered wood to the Portland Japanese Garden for its first exhibition in the U.S. in 110 years. In 1905 the Lewis & Clark Exposition brought exhibits to Portland from around the world. Eager to show the world an exquisite example of Japanese artistry, Japan sent Hakkodo's work to the Exposition where Ms. Goto's great-grandfather and grandfather were awarded a Gold Medal for outstanding craftsmanship. More information at japanesegarden.com.

Voices of Change: Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Thursday, May 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
8114 SE Division Street, Portland
General admission: $50

The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is hosting the 4th Annual Voices of Change Celebration in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Voices of Change will feature cultural performances, food, and a keynote address from Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development from California and Washington, D.C. Visit www.apano.org to register or learn more.

2015 Toyama Speech Contest
Presented by the Japan-America Society of Oregon
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 1-5pm
Two World Trade Center, Mezzanine Level, 121 SW Salmon Street, Portland
Free and open to the public

University, college, and community college students of Japanese from throughout Oregon and SW Washington will compete in two divisions. Speech topics will vary from why they are studying Japanese to funny stories of experiences while visiting Japan. Learn more at jaso.org.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Lan Su in Bloom
April 1 – April 30, 2015

Celebrate spring's early arrival this year with the blooms and fragrances of Lan Su Chinese Garden. Lan Su's plant collection is filled with more than ninety specimen trees, rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and signature magnolia, orchid and camellia collections. Lan Su in Bloom is an in-depth look at some of these most auspicious and culturally significant plants and flowers with Lan Su's horticulture staff and garden experts. Learn more at lansugarden.org.

Congressional Gold Medal Dinner
Supporting the Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition
Friday, June 12, 2015
The Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market Street, San Jose, California

You are cordially invited to the Congressional Gold Medal Dinner on Friday, June 12, at The Fairmount Hotel in San Jose, California. The dinner will help to raise funds and increase awareness for the Smithsonian Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition that is presently in development. Program highlights include a keynote speech by Secretary Eric Shinseki and a presentation on the exhibition planning with the Smithsonian. Click here to learn more, donate, or purchase tickets.

AHCArchitectural Heritage Center
Strength, Utility, and Beauty: Architectural Metal in the Gilded Age
On display through August 2015

In Portland, the use of metal as a building material dates to the Victorian era, with the construction of new commercial and institutional buildings. Using examples from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation's collection of nearly 2,000 metal artifacts, this exhibit tells the story of the variety of metals found in late 19th - early 20th century Portland architecture. Guest curator Morgen Young of Alder, LLC explores the use of these metals, highlighting local producers. Most artifacts on display have never before been showcased publicly. Learn more at www.visitahc.org.

Oregon History Museum
A Community on the Move
February 1 – June 28, 2015

A Community on the MoveThis 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.ohs.org.

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I and II
February 28 – December 7, 2015

Guns, bombs, planes, tanks, ships, and submarines were the major weapons of World Wars I and II, but the persuasive powers of words and images were critically important in gaining and galvanizing the support of the American public. During both of the World Wars, the United States Government ran aggressive public relations campaigns; these propaganda posters, from the Mark Family Collection, are a sampling of poster art from World Wars I and II. Learn more at ohs.org.

White Box at U of O Portland
Unfiltered Kilter
On display March 5 - April 25
U of O, Portland - White Stag Building, 24 NW 1st Avenue

In Unfiltered Kilter, a cohort of University of Oregon alumni seek to trouble their habitual practice as artists, jostling firm solutions in hopes of uncovering overlooked possibilities. This endeavor is signaled with the use of the fossilized term "kilter," which, by definition, conveys a state of order, alignment, and proper functioning. Most commonly, however, the word is used in idiomatic reference to its own "offness"; it is this implied interval of wayward movement that the artists have embraced. More information is available at whitebox.uoregon.edu.

Past events:

3rd Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2015, 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!osechi ryori

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

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

November 13 - December 24, 2014
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11am-7pm; Sun. Noon-5pm; closed Mondays
11 NW 5th Avenue, Portland

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 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.

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