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.


Gambattewith upcoming exhibit:

Legacy of an Enduring Spirit

October 17, 2015 — January 17, 2016

Preview Reception for Friends of O.N.E.
Thursday, October 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
RSVP by Tuesday, October 13th

In this all new traveling exhibit, historic images shot in 1942 by War Relocation Authority staff photographers Dorothea Lange, Tom Parker, and others are juxtaposed with contemporary images of the same individuals taken by Sacramento Bee photojournalist Paul Kitagaki, Jr. Please join us for this visual exploration of the Japanese concept of gambatte, or to triumph over adversity, and discover the ways in which multiple generations of Japanese Americans persevered through their incarceration during World War II.

This exhibit is being brought to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center thanks to the Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee and the Contra Costa Japanese American Citizens League. Additional support has been provided by a grant from the US Department of the Interior, National Parks Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.

Gambatte Gambatte


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

PCC Student Photos

PCC Student PhotoWe have posted on our Flickr page photos by Portland Community College photography students. Inspired by work of Motoya Nakamura and his recent Sakura Sakura exhibition, these photographs are also currently on display in the windows of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.

During the month of May, the students took dozens of pictures of our Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, which was once the heart of Portland's historic Japantown. They were guided through these streets around the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center by their class instructor Motoya Nakamura.

Joining the students were members of the Portland Photographic Society. They later juried the students' work and selected their very best photos which we are now able to share with you!

Which photographs do YOU like the most? Please share in the comments on Flickr!

Upcoming Exhibit

Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II
February 11 – June 19, 2016

Uprooted features images taken by Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee in Idaho and Eastern Oregon in the summer of 1942. This exhibit examines farm labor camps during the war and the use of Japanese Americans as a labor source, specifically in the sugar beet industry.

Online Exhibits

Tour our permanent exhibit
Reflections of an American Community


Japantown PDX
Japantown PDXiPhone Walking Tour of Historic Old Town

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


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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Legacy of an Enduring Spirit

October 17 – January 17


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