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

Sharing and preserving Japanese American history and culture in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, where Japantown once thrived.

Japanese American history museum

Group tours of the museum and/or the Japanese American Historical Plaza, speaking engagements for classrooms or other community groups, and research appointments at the Legacy Center are available. Learn more on our Education and Resources and Services page.
 

To schedule or for more information:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email

 

 


Announcement:

The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center and Oregon Nikkei Endowment will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of Thanksgiving.
 

News and Events:

Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2pm
Hidden Legacyat the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland)
Cost: $22 general; $18 seniors & students; $15 Friends of O.N.E.

Making its Portland debut, the new, hour long documentary Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps 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. This 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.

Tickets may be purchased online through the Hollywood Theatre.
 

Omiyage: Holiday Pop-Up Shop
November 13 - December 24, 2014
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm; Sunday, Noon-5pm; closed Monday
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. Please visit our activities page for more information.
 

Exhibit Opening
Before Memories FadeBefore Memories Fade: Uncovering the Story of the Kida Family of White Salmon
Opens to the public Saturday, December 13, 2014

Both heartbreaking and inspirational, Before Memories Fade gives voice to a family's story that was at risk of being lost forever. Using first-hand materials and community recollections, our all-volunteer exhibit committee has been able to walk in the footsteps of Kenjiro and Kay Kida and their son George. While the branch of the Kida family ended when George passed away in 1998, the memory of this family continues to be carried in the hearts of their friends and neighbors. We invite you to join us on their journey from immigration, through World War II, to the end of a century. Along the way, find out how the road that led us to the Kidas intersects not just one Japanese American family but the American experience itself.

Evacuation notice
Museum in a Suitcase
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center has developed a teaching aid for use in classroom presentations called Museum in a Suitcase. Our speakers will share the Japanese American experience in Oregon with your students by bringing exhibits (visual images and artifacts) in a suitcase to your classroom. The exhibits cover the following topics: immigration, life in Portland's Japantown, and the internment story. For more information, contact Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center at 503-224-1458.
 
 

 

Tour our permanent exhibit:

Oregon Nikkei:
Reflections of an American Community

 

To get involved in these activities, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458
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Last updated:
November 25, 2014


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