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 adults, $3 students/seniors
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Japanese American history museum

Location

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

Located in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, between Couch and Davis Streets. One block from the Old Town/Chinatown light rail stop.
 

Japanese American Historical Plaza
NW Couch Street & Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97209
 

Directions

Museum hours:
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

Museum Admission:
$5 adults, $3 seniors (62+)/students, children under 12 free,
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment
 

Guided tours of the museum and plaza, speaking engagements, and research appointments are available. Please visit our Resources & Services page to learn more.
 

Wheelchair access to the museum is available through the Merchant Hotel courtyard. To schedule or for more information, please contact us:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email
 

Nikkei: Japanese emigrants and their descendants.

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is located in the Merchant Hotel building built 1880-1885, and is of historical interest, being located in the oldest part of Portland in the heart of what was once Portland's Japantown (Nihonmachi) until World War II. The building housed a laundry, bathhouse and barbershop run by Japanese families in the early years.
 

Currently showing:

Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of an American Community

Hayashi greenhouse, museum exhibit
The Hayashi family greenhouse, courtesy of Toshiko Hayashi.
 

Tour our permanent exhibit Reflections of an American Community
 

with:

Collections Up Close | 2018

Beginning in 2018, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph Oregon Nikkei Endowment's permanent collection. This year is an opportunity to observe collections staff and volunteers at work during the collections process, as well as view never-before-seen artifacts from our collection that will be displayed in small exhibitions throughout the year.

Oshu Nippo: Artifacts from Portland’s Japanese Language Newspaper, 1909-1951
August 10 – November 4, 2018

For early Japanese immigrants to Oregon, a Japanese language newspaper was their only contact with the outside world. In 1906 Shinsaburo Ban, an entrepreneur in Portland, started a private newspaper called The Oregon Shimpo (Oregon News). Japanese men working on farms and railroads in Oregon relied on the newspaper to provide information and a connection to Japanese culture far from populated areas.

In 1909, the newspaper was taken over by Toyoji Abe, who changed the name to Oshu Nippo (The Oregon Daily News). Six years later Iwao Oyama, a newcomer to Oregon, became the editor. Oyama was a journalism major who had graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo before coming to America. Iwao Oyama was the primary writer for the paper and eventually edited the Oshu Nippo for thirty-four years.

The publishing house of Oshu Nippo was at 131 NW 2nd Avenue in Portland, on the street level of the Merchant Hotel (the same building where the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is currently located).


Upcoming at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Upcoming Exhibit
Contested Histories: Art & Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection
November 1-4, 2018

First Thursday
November 1, 2018, 11am-7pm
Free and open to the public

Contested Histories Workshop
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 5pm
Free and open to the public

Contested Histories Workshop
Sunday, November 4, 2018, noon
Free with museum admission

Read more about upcoming events on our activities page.

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Current Exhibit

Collections Up Close — Oshu Nippo: Artifacts from Portland’s Japanese Language Newspaper, 1909-1951
August 10 – November 4, 2018

Collections Up Close
 

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