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:
Minoru Yasui Essay Contest
High school and middle school students and teachers: did you know that March 28th in Oregon is Minoru Yasui Day? Help the Oregon Nikkei Endowment commemorate the legacy of Oregon's very own champion for justice, Min Yasui, through our annual Minoru Yasui Essay Contest (6th-12th grade)!
If you had the chance to talk to Min today, what social issues would you want to discuss? Update! Submissions accepted through March 8, 2019. Cash awards for students and educators. Visit our Min Yasui page or view the essay contest flyer for more information.
7th Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, March 30 & 31, 2019, 10am-4pm
139 NW 2nd Avenue, Portland
Join us for this 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 Oregon Nikkei Endowment.
Special Preview Night to Benefit Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Friday, March 29, 6-8pm
Early Shoppers Admission: $50 (general public), $25 (Friends of O.N.E.)
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.
Time for spring cleaning! Donate your Japanese items for the Cherry Blossom Bazaar! The dates to donate to this year's rummage sale are March 13-27 (call ahead to schedule a dropoff time). Contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment to arrange for donation dropoff or to sign up to volunteer.
Stories from Nihonmachi
On display March 7 - May 5, 2019
First Thursday – March 7, 3-6pm
Free and open to the public
Special Reception for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Saturday, March 9, 3:30-5:30pm
RSVP by March 6th
Portland artist and educator Lynn Yarne explores the history and culture of Portland's Japantown/Chinatown district through the stories of nine elders in her multi-media exhibit, Stories from Nihonmachi.
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.
mirror images/mere images
(re)remembering the generations through family photographs
Open to the public through February 28, 2019
A'misa Chiu presents watercolor paintings based on photos of her family. There will be two images per generation (issei, nisei, sansei, yonsei, gosei).
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.
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To get involved in these activities, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment: