Sharing and preserving Japanese American history and culture in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, where Japantown once thrived.
(photo courtesy Rich Iwasaki, 2004)
Group tours of the Japanese American Historical Plaza, speaking engagements for classrooms or other community groups, and research appointments at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon are available. Learn more on our Education and Resources and Services page.
To schedule or for more information:
New visitor hours:
Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
BY RESERVATION ONLY
Call 503-224-1458 for reservations
As of January 1, 2020, the new name for Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is Japanese American Museum of Oregon.
The Japanese American Museum of Oregon is incredibly grateful to the Oregon Legislature, Oregon Cultural Trust, and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition for Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support funding. This support has helped us navigate the challenges and ease the financial hardships of this global pandemic.
News and Events:
Oregon PSR Exhibit
We Hold Sacred
On display for three days only!
121 NW 2nd Avenue, Portland (former location of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center)
Friday, August 6, 6pm: Memorial ceremony at the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, followed from 6:30-8pm by exhibit viewing at the former Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center (121 NW 2nd Avenue, Portland). RSVP Required.
Saturday-Sunday, August 7-8, noon-3pm: We Hold Sacred on display
Oregon PSR (Physicians for Social Responsibility) Advisory Board members Chisao Hata and Yukiyo Kawano have co-created We Hold Sacred, an exhibition at the former location of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center in Portland's historic Old Town. In commemoration of the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, We Hold Sacred explores the history of anti-nuclear activism through art and memory and by uplifting the historic nuclear justice movements led by people of color. This exhibit asks us "to renew our commitment to Mother Earth, ecological unity, and the interdependence of all species" in accordance with the 1st Principle of the Preamble of the 1991 People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit).
We Hold Sacred opens on Friday, August 6, at 6:30pm, immediately following the 6pm memorial ceremony at the nearby Japanese American Historical Plaza (RSVP to attend Friday evening). The exhibit will also be open for visitors noon-3pm on Saturday, August 7, and Sunday, August 8. Visit www.oregonpsr.org for more information and to RSVP.
Grace, Grit and Gaman:
Japanese American Women through the Generations
On display through December 31, 2021
This exhibition shares the rarely revealed story of the grace, grit, and gaman (Japanese for perseverance) displayed by Japanese American women. Visitors will learn of the unique challenges these women faced—in their own ways, on their own terms, and in their own times.
A virtual panel discussion, Grace, Grit and Gaman: Generations of Japanese American Women, was held on Wednesday, June 23, 6:30-7:30pm, moderated by Dr. Linda Tamura and featuring Dorothy Sato, Julianne Parker, and Vicki Nakashima. View the panel discussion via YouTube here.
Our Virtual Grand Opening was Thursday, May 6th! View the event via YouTube here.
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Oshu Nippo Translation Project
In December 2017, Oregon Nikkei Endowment received an Oregon Heritage grant to translate ten special issues of the Oshu Nippo (Oregon Daily News), a Japanese newspaper printed in Portland's Japantown from 1906–1953. Professional translators from the Portland law firm Lane Powell, volunteers from Sapporo (Portland's sister city in Japan), and local Portland volunteers helped with the tremendous task of translating these rare documents that provide an inside look at the lives of Japanese immigrants in Portland in the early part of the 20th century.
This project has taken over a year to complete and involved the generous support of the Oregon Heritage Commission and the law of firm of Lane Powell. Special thanks to Yoko Gulde, Naomi Diffley of Lane Powell, Henry Ueno, Santiago Ravello, and Colin Takeo who helped get this project off the ground.
Please visit our Oshu Nippo page to learn more about the project, view the translations and pages from the original newspapers, and learn about the history of the Oshu Nippo.
Museum in a Suitcase
Japanese American Museum of Oregon 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 WWII incarceration story. For more information, contact the Japanese American Museum of Oregon at 503-224-1458.
To get involved in these activities, please contact Japanese American Museum of Oregon: