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 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:
News and Events:
30th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 4-6:30pm
Festival Street, NW 4th & Flanders, Portland
Cost: $30 (until September 7th), $50 on the day
Join us for music, food, and fun as we celebrate our 30th anniversary and make some big announcements!
Put your hard hat on and enjoy a sneak peek of our new museum space and renovation plans. Help build the foundation to ensure our future!
Portland Taiko's 25th Anniversary
Open to the public through August 25, 2019
Founded in 1994, Portland Taiko blends the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with a sense of Asian American identity, creativity, and empowerment. Making Waves traces Portland Taiko's 25 years of drumming and community engagement through concert footage, music, video interviews, costumes, posters, programs, and special items.
October 19-20, 2019
For current and new Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment only
Join us on a field trip to hunt and gather Matsutake mushrooms on the Oregon Coast. This outing is especially designed for novices and is open to Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment.
Never Give Up! Educational Package
A new documentary on Oregon's own American hero, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice, is now available for educational institutions and nonprofit organizations through the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. The Never Give Up! Educational Package includes the feature film, seven special bonus short films, a study guide, and primary sources (historical and legal documents). Visit www.minoruyasuifilm.org to learn more.
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:
To get involved in these activities, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment: