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

Exhibit Opening, Family Day and Book Signing
Saturday, October 17, 11am-3pm
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Free and open to the public

Join us for this free, family-friendly day at the Legacy Center. For kids and the young-at-heart, there will be story times at noon and 1pm with Lori Tsugawa Whaley, who will be reading Japanese folk tales with puppets! Stories include the ribbit-ing The Two Frogs and the humorous The Singing Turtle where everyone has a chance to join in and sing-a-long!

The Courage of a SamuraiAt 2pm Lori will be sharing insights from her latest inspirational and historical book The Courage of a Samurai. According to Lori, "Attendees can learn how to live an extraordinary life by applying the code of bushido, or the way of the warrior, to their lives." Following the presentation, there will be a book signing by the author.

This will also be a special chance to check out the public opening of our latest exhibit Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit. Staff and volunteers will be on hand all-day-long to guide families through this visual exploration of gambatte, or to triumph over adversity. Through the use of historical and contemporary photographs, come discover the ways in which generations of Japanese Americans persevered through their incarceration during World War II.

Matsutake Hunt
October 24-25, 2015
Cost: $50
For current and new Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment only

matsutakeJoin 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.

The trip includes a guided matsutake hunt in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, as well as a Social Hour and salmon dinner on Saturday evening and additional mushroom hunting on Sunday (lodging in Yachats is not included).

Download the flyer for more information. Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment with questions or to sign up:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Nihonmachi: The Place to Be
Special Performances in Portland
Presented by Portland JACL
Monday, November 9, noon and 7pm
at Portland Center Stage, Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland
Tickets: Student Matinee: $10, Evening performance: $40 ($35 if purchased before 10/25/15)
Tickets on sale at www.pcs.org

Nihonmachi: The Place to Be is a two-hour musical journey, originally performed in Los Angeles, that will transport audiences back in time to Nihonmachi (Japantown), the way it used to be before World War II. The play follows one Sansei's (third generation Nikkei) story as he discovers 100 years of his family's history, his roots in Japantown, and ultimately who he is as a Japanese American. Interspersed through the show are classic, nostalgic Japanese and American songs.

Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Portland Center Stage have partnered with Grateful Crane Ensemble to bring this production to the Gerding Theater. Two performances, a matinee for school groups (including complimentary tickets for underserved youth) and an evening performance for the general public, will introduce this history to audiences of all ages.

Tickets are on sale at Portland Center Stage (www.pcs.org or 503-445-3700). Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment for more information:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Nihonmachi Sponsors
Title Sponsor: Portland JACL
Level 1: Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland, Sam Naito, Alice Sumida
Level 2: Ford Foundation, Irene Hirano Inouye, Kresge Foundation, The Standard
Level 3: MJ Murdock Charitable Trust
Level 4: Deloitte, NW Natural, Summit Properties, Vanport International, Inc., Junki Yoshida

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.

For Teachers:

Teacher Workshop: Identity Curriculum
Thursday, November 5, 4-6pm
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Are you looking for social studies curriculum for students in grades 3-5 that is tied to the Common Core Standards? This workshop will provide you with a copy of the Identity curriculum, which connects the history of the Japanese Americans with a specially designed student tour of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Feel free to bring a colleague!

Workshop participants will receive the Identity curriculum guide with classroom ready lessons and other resources such as Augmented Reality and iBooks. Refreshments provided. Download the flyer for more information.

Contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment with questions or to sign up:

Phone: 503-224-1458

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
Taiko Connections
With guest artist Kenny Endo

Sunday, October 18, 3pm
at St. Anne's Chapel at Marylhurst University

Portland Taiko's annual fall concert celebrates Kenny Endo's 40th year as a taiko performer. Taiko Connections explores the connections between Kenny Endo and Portland Taiko, connections between traditional and modern taiko repertoire, and Portland Taiko's connections with the Asian American community. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.portlandtaiko.org.

Portland Japan Girls
Portland's Old Japan Town
A Charity Event for Tsunami Recovery in Japan

Thursday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.
PSU, Lincoln Recital Hall (1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland)
Tickets: $32 general, $17 student

Portland Japan Girls (PJG) is a Japanese women's community group with over 260 Japanese nationals living in Portland. PJG supports Japanese businesses and women's interests by organizing Japanese cultural events in Portland. This charity event will raise cultural awareness of Portland's Japantown and benefit Peace Jam, a non-profit organization providing jobs and assistance to mothers and children in the tsunami stricken city of Kensenuma, Miyagi, Japan. The event will feature a history of Japantown, as told by a former resident, and a concert by world renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Learn more at portlandjapangirls.jimdo.com.

Oregon History Museum
World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed
June 26 – December 7, 2015

In this exhibition, artifacts and manuscripts from the Mark Family Collection illustrate this massive conflict, from the battlefields in North Africa to the home fronts in America. The exhibit will also focus on Oregon, a state transformed during the mid-twentieth century. Items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society's archives will tell the stories that dramatically changed Oregon, including the operation of the Kaiser shipyards and the experience of Japanese Americans. Learn more at www.ohs.org.

Q&A: "A Remarkable Reconciliation"
A Conversation with Rex & Keiko Ziak, co-founders of OBON 2015

Thursday, November 5, 7pm – 8:30pm
at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland
Free and open to the public

During World War II, countless Japanese soldiers carried the Japanese national flag signed by family members and loved ones. These good luck flags, called Yosegaki Hinomaru, were often claimed as souvenirs of war. Rex and Keiko Ziak are now leading an effort to return Yosegaki Hinomaru flags to family members of the Japanese soldiers who carried them. To date, they have collected over 100 flags, and have succeeded in repatriating 30 to Japanese families. Visit www.ohs.org for more information.

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I and II
February 28 – November 15, 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.

PSU Center for Japanese Studies
The Story of Pendleton Woolen Mills in Japan
Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 p.m.
PSU, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 327/8/9 (1825 SW Broadway, Portland)
Free and open to the public

Mort Bishop III, President of Pendleton Woolen Mills, will trace his company's entry into and success in Japan's textile market. The story of Pendleton Woolen Mills business success in Japan is tied to a personal story of post World War II trans-Pacific reconciliation. Learn more at www.pdx.edu/cjs.

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
A Tale of Two Ghettoes: The Future Specters of Chinatown Past
Saturday, October 24, 7pm
at Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (Jade District) & Red Robe Tea House (Old Town Chinatown)
Free, registration requested

A Tale of Two Ghettoes (The Future Specters of Chinatown Past) by artist Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a multimedia installation that combines real-time performance, video projection with community discussion via social media and video conferencing, simultaneously connecting Chinatown in Old Town with the developing Jade District in East Portland. Join APANO at either location for this one-night double event that features performance of traditional instruments by musicians from Wisdom Arts Academy and the taiko group Unit Souzou, followed by discussion and light refreshments at both sites. Learn more and register at www.apano.org.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Tea Month at Lan Su
October 1 – October 31, 2015

The Tao of Tea, in collaboration with Lan Su Chinese Garden, presents Tea Month at Lan Su, a series of more than 20 events and activities celebrating tea and tea arts. Held at Lan Su Chinese Garden all October long, this is the fifth successive annual tea celebration for the two organizations. Learn more at lansugarden.org.

On TransienceOregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Friderike Heuer: On Transience
On display through November 1, 2015

The transient nature of the immigrant experience, in place and emotion, inspired Friderike Heuer to photograph objects in transition. Her montages of materials found in steelyards, trashcans, recycling centers, junk stores and shipyards, bring to mind the Jewish scrap peddlers from Eastern Europe who began to arrive in Oregon in the early 1900s. Heuer’s montages represent the transient nature of the materials that historically provided some Jewish immigrants with a livelihood: iron, wood, glass, paper and steel. Learn more at www.ojmche.org.

Confronting Extremism: The State of Hate Today
Sunday, November 8, 1-4pm
PSU, Hoffman Hall, 1833 SW 11th Avenue, Portland
Tickets: $20 general, $8 educators & students

Featuring special guest Nadav Eyal, acclaimed Israeli journalist and director of HATE, a documentary dramatically depicting the resurgence of antisemitism in Europe. A screening of HATE will be followed by a discussion in which local panelists reflect on the challenges posed by racism, extremism, hate groups and hate speech in our community. The event takes place the day before the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the massive Nazi government pogrom against European Jews in 1938.

Speakers and panelists include Nadav Eyal, film director and Israel's Channel 10's Chief Editor of International News; Miriam Greenstein, OJMCHE Board Member and Holocaust Speaker; Jo Ann Hardesty, President of NAACP Portland Branch; Kayse Jama, Executive Director of the Center for Intercultural Organizing; Erious Johnson Jr., Civil Rights Director, Oregon Department of Justice; Natan Meir, Professor of Judaic Studies at PSU; Judith Mowry, Office of Equity and Human Rights for the City of Portland; and Steven Wasserstrom, Professor of Judaic Studies and Humanities at Reed College. Learn more at www.ojmche.org.

Cannon Beach History Center & Museum
What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps
A textile exhibit by Cathy Erickson

October 24, 2015 – February 29, 2016

For over a decade, Cathy Erickson has focused her artwork on the hardships that Japanese Americans faced when they were incarcerated in camps during World War II. Much of the work for this exhibit was done in collaboration with Margaret Chula, an internationally known haiku poet. Learn more at www.cbhistory.org.

Past events:

25th Anniversary of the Japanese American Historical Plaza
Celebratory Event and Cruise, with George Takei and Thomas Lauderdale
Sunday, August 2, 2015
4pm Public Event at the Plaza (NW Naito Parkway and Couch Street)
5:30pm Dinner Cruise on the Portland Spirit

George TakeiWe are proud to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial! From 4:00-5:00pm on Sunday, August 2, Oregon Nikkei Endowment will honor all those who were instrumental in creating and maintaining the Japanese American Historical Plaza. The keynote speaker will be actor and activist George Takei, and music will be provided by the Minidoka Swing Band. This event is free and open to the public. Following the public event will be a celebratory cruise on the Portland Spirit. Boarding will begin at 5:30, and the cruise will take place from 6-8:30 pm. George Takei will be the special guest for this celebratory cruise, and music will be provided by Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini.

Please join us in celebrating 25 years of the Japanese American Historical Plaza and honoring all those who helped us reach this important milestone!

Photo Galleries (password for both galleries is "ONE")
Plaza and Cruise event photos: reflectionphotography.smugmug.com/Proofing/Events/ONE/51033510_GzXBTP

George Takei photos:

Prints may be purchased via Reflections Photography.

Plaza Cleanup
plaza cleanupSunday, July 26, 8am - noon
at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (NW Couch Street and Naito Parkway)

Volunteers are needed to help us clean the Japanese American Historical Plaza on Sunday, July 26, starting at 8am. 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 and supplies that might be useful.

Annual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Saturday, July 18, 2015
5pm Reception, 6pm Dinner
at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland

We wish to thank our wonderful donors for their generous contributions to our Annual Banquet, honoring Jean Matsumoto and Yoshio & Sawako Oda, featuring Special Remarks by Governor Kate Brown and former Oregon Supreme Court Justice W. Michael Gillette, as well as a performance by Kurt Kuniyoshi, member of the Grateful Crane Ensemble and lead actor of Nihonmachi.

Our donors gave us wonderful items for our Silent Auction, Dessert Dash, and Wine Pull. We couldn't do it without you!

Airbnb Kira Iwasaki Noho's Hawaiian Café
Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille Rich Iwasaki Jere Okada
Beaverton Bakery Doug Katagiri Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
Columbia Sportswear/Trent Blair Lan Su Chinese Garden Oregon Culinary Institute
Cycle Portland Made in Oregon Portland Japanese Garden
Curves, Multnomah Mario's/Raynette Yoshida Portland Roasting
Sean Egusa Connie Masuoka Salishan Spa and Golf Resort
Lynn Grannan Meeka Sushi Restaurant Sapporo USA, Inc.
Betty Jean Harry Minidoka Swing Band SHO Authentic Japanese Cuisine
Ichidai Restaurant Darren Nakata Taipei Noodle Haus
Iko No Kai/Loen Dozono Kaeti Namba Tanasacres Nursery
Iwasaki Brothers Greenhouse New Seasons, Lake Oswego Uwajimaya
  Cherie Yokota  

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