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

Current Exhibits

Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of an American Community

This exhibit celebrates the lives and contributions of Oregon's Nikkei community, and evokes memories of shared experiences - from early settlement through the unique challenges of World War II and into the 21st century. Please join us at the Legacy Center for a unique and educational glimpse of Japanese American life in Oregon.

 

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Sakura Sakura
March 7 — June 14, 2015

Sakura SakuraCelebrated 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.

According to Nakamura, "As a resident of the United States and an immigrant from Japan I have lived half my life in each country. My identity has changed as I have assimilated to the new culture. I often feel as though I am a foreigner in this new land while simultaneously feeling like a stranger in the old. The trees embody this change and complexity."

Over a career in photojournalism spanning 17 years, Nakamura's work has been featured in the pages of the Oregonian, Mix Magazine, and other publications. Blending with his background as a photojournalist, his art photography has been exhibited at local museums, colleges, and contemporary art galleries including the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Portland Art Museum, Reed College, Newspace Center for Photography, and Disjecta. His photos have also been published in the seminal Communication Arts Photography Annual.

RACCNakamura will exhibit several photographs at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center as part of Sakura Sakura. Through these beautifully rendered oversize digital prints, Motoya Nakamura captures the natural beauty and awakens the cultural wonder these trees hold. This exhibition and its public programs are made possible in part through a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
 


Museum hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 11 am to 3 pm, Sundays noon to 3 pm. Admission is $5 ($3 for seniors/students, free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment).

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 Directions

Phone: 503-224-1458
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Upcoming Museum Programs

Sakura Sakura
March 7 — June 14, 2015

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.

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.
 


Online Exhibits

Tour our permanent exhibit
Reflections of an American Community

 

Japantown PDX
Japantown PDXiPhone Walking Tour of Historic Old Town
Free

Explore Portland's historic Japantown with this walking tour of the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood. The city's vibrant pre-WWII Japanese American community is archived in over 125 photographs and audio clips. Watch historic Japantown street life reappear in "then and now" photographic dissolves.

Japantown PDX documents the vitality of this once-thriving Nihonmachi as well as its sudden disappearance in the spring of 1942 when all people of Japanese ancestry were removed from the West Coast. In addition to telling Portland's Japantown story, this app explores the remarkably diverse Old Town neighborhood in tour stops that honor its African American, Chinese and LGBT roots. Open the iPhone App Store and search for "Japantown" or visit the Apple iTunes store for more information.
 

Discover Nikkei
Oregon Nikkei Endowment is partnering with Discover Nikkei, one of the world's largest sources for Nikkei-related databases, history and culture, to create online collections of photographs and history relating to Oregon's Japanese American history.

Nihonmachi: Portland's Japantown

Nihonmachi

Nikkei Farmers of the Hood River Area

Nikkei Farmers

Taken: Oregonians Arrested after Pearl Harbor

Taken: FBI

Oregon Nikkei History

Portland Assemby Center

 

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