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:
Reveal in Japantown
Oregon Nikkei Endowment's 30th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 4-6:30pm
Festival Street, NW 4th & Flanders, Portland
Put your hard hats on because we are opening a new Museum! Join us for the 30th Anniversary of the Oregon Nikkei Endowment and help us create a pop-up Japantown right outside of our new Museum space on NW Flanders and 4th Avenue.
Revel in the renovation plans for our new museum space and join us in the big reveal of our new name and logo.
It's a big block party with entertainment by the Minidoka Swing Band, Portland Taiko, "Nihonmachi"ľa scene from Gambatte: An American Legacy...Bon Odori the night away with us! Food from Giraffe Café and SHO Japanese Restaurant, desserts, and drinks. Raffle prizes include tickets to see Bastille, The Black Keys, Portland Opera, the Oregon Zoo, and more; gift certificates for McMenamin's and The Duck Store, a round of golf at Glendoveer, and lots more!
Join us on Saturday, September 14, and help us build the foundation to ensure the future of Oregon's Nikkei Legacy.
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.
Scheduled itinerary (subject to change) includes a guided matsutake hunt in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a Social Hour and dinner on Saturday evening, breakfast Sunday, and additional mushroom hunting on Sunday (lodging in Yachats is not included).
Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October 1st. View the informational flyer here. Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment with questions or to register:
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: