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 adults, $3 students/seniors
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
email

 

 


News and Events:

Museum Day Live
Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is participating in Smithsonian magazine's 13th annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Free admission for two people to the museum during exhibit hours (11am-3pm) on Saturday, September 23, with the Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. One ticket per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.
 

Untitled #3Annual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club (1849 SW Salmon St, Portland)
Cost: $125 per person

Please join us for our annual benefit banquet in support of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, this year honoring Ota Tofu, Shiuko Sakai, and Carol Suzuki and Oregon State Representative Brian Clem.

The Special Keynote Speaker for the evening is Simon Tam — author, musician, and activist.

Activities will include a dessert dash and silent auction, which includes a special print donated by Roger Shimomura.

The meal choices are beef, miso cod, or vegetarian (gluten free). Register online, or contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment for more information, to volunteer, or to learn more about table sponsorships:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email
 

Current Exhibit
American Obon: Dancing in Joy and Remembrance
Open to the public July 29 – October 15, 2017

First Thursday October 5, 4-7pm
Free and open to the public

American Obon traces the development of bon odori in North America through archival photographs, audio, and rare video footage on loan from the Iwanaga family, dance scholar Linda Akiyama, and Buddhist Churches of America. In addition, the obon tradition in Portland will be highlighted with photographs from Oregon Nikkei Endowment's Frank C. Hirahara Collection. Curated by Dr. Wynn Kiyama (Portland State University and Portland Taiko), this exhibit is the first of its kind in North America. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.
 

Matsutake Hunt
October 21-22, 2017
Cost: $55
For current and new Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment only

matsutakeJoin 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.

The trip includes a guided matsutake hunt in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a Social Hour and salmon dinner on Saturday evening, breakfast Sunday, and additional mushroom hunting on Sunday (lodging in Yachats is not included).

Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 26. View the informational flyer here. Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment with questions or to register:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email
 

Omiyage

Omiyage Gift Shop
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our museum gift shop, Omiyage! Choose from Asian inspired gifts and crafts created by local artisans, designers and authors. Omiyage features jewelry, fashion and home accessories, cards, origami ornaments, arts and crafts, Anime-inspired merchandise, books, and a selection of curated vintage items.

The gift shop is open during museum visitor hours. Proceeds from Omiyage sales supports our local vendors and the programs, exhibits, and mission of Oregon Nikkei Endowment.

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
email

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September 21, 2017


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