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:
Sunday, June 2, 8am - noon
at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (NW Couch Street and Naito Parkway)
Volunteers are needed to help us clean the Japanese American Historical Plaza on Sunday, June 2, starting at 8am. Clean-up activities include pulling weeds, sweeping, and picking up litter. If possible, volunteers are encouraged to bring a broom, dust pan, rake, work gloves, water, flag markers, and any other tools and supplies that might be useful.
Fabric & Skin
On display May 11 – July 3, 2019
Allie Takahashi is an artist & tattooer based in Oakland, California. Combining divinatory methods with collage, painting, and installation, Takahashi uses the visual language of ukiyo-e (Edo-period Japanese woodblock prints) to evoke dynamics of intergenerational trauma and healing, specifically in the context of Japanese American experiences.
First Thursday – June 6, 3-6pm
Free and open to the public
Gambatte: An American Legacy
Presented as a part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival 2019
Saturday, June 1, at 3pm and 7pm
Sunday, June 2, at 3pm
Tuesday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 5, at 7pm
at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (5340 N. Interstate Avenue, Portland)
Seating is limited. Reservations strongly recommended.
Tickets: Adults $15, Students/Seniors $10
Gambatte: An American Legacy explores the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese American community, from Nihonmachi (Portland's historic Japantown) to the present. Through theatre, dance, and music the 90-minute performance is a way to raise empathy and heal the emotional legacy and the effects of racism in America. Visit www.vanportmosaic.org for more information.
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:
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please call us at 503-224-1458.
May 22, 2019