Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Formerly Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
Temporarily closed in prepration for the museum's move

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

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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:

Phone: 503-224-1458




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***Oregon and Portland have both declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In light of new recommendations, the Japanese American Museum of Oregon has decided to cancel the Minoru Yasui Day program (originally scheduled for March 28th) and to postpone the Cherry Blossom Bazaar (originally scheduled for April 4th-5th). Thank you for your understanding and support.***

As of January 1, 2020, the new name for Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is Japanese American Museum of Oregon.

We have launched the Lighting the Legacy capital campaign! Donate here, or visit our Lighting the Legacy page for more information.

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News and Events:

Minoru Yasui Student Contest 2020

Contest Winners:

High School Recognition for Excellent Work
VANPORT Time for Redress
Emmett Rashleigh
Rashleigh Home School, Portland, Oregon

High School Recognition for Excellent Work
Power of Celilo Falls Annihilation and Restoration
Rosalynn Rashleigh
Rashleigh Home School, Portland, Oregon

Middle School First Place
Racist Police Brutality
Macey Embree, Gracella Mendenhall
Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, Portland, Oregon

Middle School Second Place
LGBTQ+ Discrimination Throughout History
Opal Crain, Leila Bravo, Charlie Fogarty
Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, Portland, Oregon

Righting a Wrong! Min Yasui and Redress! Contest Prompt: Reflecting on Minoru Yasui's legacy during the Japanese American redress and reparations movement, create an action plan for a civil rights violation that the United States should redress today (to apologize for, to set right).

Visit our Min Yasui page to learn more about the contest.

Cherry Blossom BazaarCherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures

*Postponed until further notice*

Shop 'til you drop! This is a unique sale of Japanese collectibles, artwork, dishware, furniture, and more. Items start as low as 25 cents! Something for every age, taste, and budget! All proceeds benefit the Japanese American Museum of Oregon.

Join us for this exclusive opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind Japanese treasures before the general public! Food and drink is included in admission.

Phone: 503-224-1458

Oshu Nippo 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 19061953. 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.

Previous Exhibit
Collections Up Close 2020:

On display through March 15, 2020

Japanese American Museum of Oregon's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph our permanent collection. This is an opportunity to observe collections staff and volunteers at work during the collections process, as well as to view never-before-seen artifacts from our collection that will be displayed in small rotating exhibitions.

This month's collection focus was Anzen artifacts donated by the Matsushima family. Anzen, previously known as Teikoku Company, operated from 1905 to 2014 and was one of the longest running Japanese American businesses in Portland.

Evacuation notice
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.



Tour our permanent exhibit:

Oregon Nikkei:
Reflections of an American Community


To get involved in these activities, please contact Japanese American Museum of Oregon:

Phone: 503-224-1458

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Collections Up Close 2020:

January 14 – March 15, 2020

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Last updated:
June 5, 2020

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