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 admission,
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

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

Japanese American history museum

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:

Phone: 503-224-1458



News and Events:

Mochitsuki 2015
mochitsukiThe Year of the Sheep
Sunday, January 25, 2015
at PSU Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway, Portland

Enjoy free mochi samples, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages including: mochi pounding, mochi making, ikebana, origami, games, taiko, and much more!

Before Memories Fade: Uncovering the Story of the Kida Family of White Salmon
December 13, 2014 - February 22, 2015

Before Memories FadeBoth heartbreaking and inspirational, Before Memories Fade gives voice to a family's story that was at risk of being lost forever. Using first-hand materials and community recollections, our all-volunteer exhibit committee has been able to walk in the footsteps of Kenjiro and Kay Kida and their son George. While the branch of the Kida family ended when George passed away in 1998, the memory of this family continues to be carried in the hearts of their friends and neighbors. We invite you to join us on their journey from immigration, through World War II, to the end of a century. Along the way, find out how the road that led us to the Kidas intersects not just one Japanese American family but the American experience itself.

First Thursday
Thursday, February 5, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Family Day
Sunday, February 15, noon-3pm
Free and open to the public

Community Events:
Willamette University Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2015
"An American Diary – A Look at Life Interrupted" with Roger Shimomura
Friday, January 23, 2015, 7pm
Hudson Concert Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University, Salem

Join nationally-recognized artist Roger Shimomura as he surveys his career over a forty year period. Shimomura will discuss how his paintings, prints, and experimental theater pieces have been propelled by his experience in the Japanese American incarceration camps; racism faced post-WWII as well as his own physical environment that has been constantly filled with his collections ranging from Walt Disney memorabilia to WWII stereotypes of Asian people. This event also features Lawson Fusao Inada, former Oregon Poet Laureate, whose poetry is featured at the Japanese American Historical Plaza. Learn more about Willamette University's MLK Celebration programming at www.willamette.edu.

2015 Day of Remembrance/Nisei Appreciation Luncheon
Sponsored by Portland JACL and the Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland
Sunday, February 22, 1-4pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon Street, Portland
Cost: $40 per person, Free for Nisei
Reservations required

The U.S. government told them to pack up, sell their businesses and get ready to leave their homes. They did. The same government classified the men as enemy aliens but asked them to leave their loved ones behind the barbed wire and volunteer to fight. They did. Their story forms an exceptional part of what we have labeled The Greatest Generation. They are the Nisei.

For the 2015 Day of Remembrance, Portland JACL and the Japanese Ancestral Society are co‐sponsoring a Nisei Appreciation Luncheon to honor this generation of Japanese Americans and thank them for their contributions to the community and to the United States. Contact Portland JACL for more information or to register.

Evacuation notice
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:

Oregon Nikkei:
Reflections of an American Community


To get involved in these activities, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458

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Before Memories Fade
December 13 — February 22

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Last updated:
January 23, 2014

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