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

Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Upcoming Exhibit
Collections Up Close 2018Collections Up Close | 2018
Baseball and Bowling: Sports Memorabilia from Minidoka and Post-WWII Portland
Open to the public February 25 – April 8, 2018

Beginning in 2018, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph Oregon Nikkei Endowment's permanent collection. This year is an opportunity to observe collections staff and volunteers at work during the collections process, as well as to view never-before-seen artifacts from our collection that will be displayed in small exhibitions throughout the year. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.

6th Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18, 2018, 10am-4pm
139 NW 2nd Avenue, Portland

Cherry Blossom Bazaar

Shop 'til you drop! This is a 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 16, 6-8pm
Early Shoppers Admission: $50 (general public), $25 (Friends of O.N.E.)
RSVP required

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.

Phone: 503-224-1458

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 1-14 (call ahead to schedule a dropoff time). Call Oregon Nikkei Endowment at 503-224-1458 to arrange for donation dropoff or to sign up to volunteer.

Min Yasui Day March for Justice
Wednesday, March 28, 4-6pm
at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center and Portland Center Stage (128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland)
Free, RSVP requested

In honor of Min Yasui Day, we will walk from Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to Portland Center Stage for a screening of Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice (Part One), the recently completed documentary produced by Min's daughter, Holly, and for recognition of the 2018 winners for the Minoru Yasui Essay Contest.

4pm Walk from Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center (121 NW 2nd Avenue) to Portland Center Stage (128 NW 11th Avenue)

4:30pm Awards Ceremony for the Minoru Yasui Essay Contest

5pm Screening of Never Give Up!

6pm Q&A with Holly Yasui and Peggy Nagae, Minoru Yasui's attorney

Learn more about Min Yasui here. Please visit www.pcs.org for more information about the program at Portland Center Stage.

Minoru Yasui Day Essay ContestMinoru Yasui Day Essay Contest
For all Oregon middle and high school students
Essay Length: 500-1000 words
Submissions accepted: January 1 - March 1, 2018
Prizes: Winners - $250 (high school), $150 (middle school)
Runners-up - $150 (high school), $50 (middle school)

On March 28, 1942, Min Yasui challenged discriminatory military orders that led to the forced removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast and their imprisonment in camps. He was found guilty at the District Court of Oregon and spent nine months in solitary confinement in the Multnomah County Jail awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court which, in 1943, ruled against him. In spite of the great injustices that he, his family and community endured, Minoru Yasui continued for the rest of his life to defend the democratic ideals upon which our country was founded, and the human and civil rights of all people.

Essay Topic: Explain the lessons learned from the life story and legacy of Minoru Yasui and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. How do those lessons inform your position on current U.S. policies on immigration and national security?

All Oregon middle and high school students are eligible to enter the essay contest and all Oregon public libraries are can receive resource materials — access to the film, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice; copies of documents related to Yasui’s legal case; unpublished writings by Yasui himself and others; and a bibliography, filmography, and list of websites containing extensive information about Min Yasui.

The Minoru Yasui Legacy Project and Oregon Nikkei Endowment encourage public libraries and schools in Oregon to screen the film, as well as sponsor or participate in teacher workshops and study groups to help students to prepare for the essay contest.

For complete contest rules see: www.minoruyasuitribute.org/essaycontest
To apply for resource materials: minyasuitribute[at]gmail.com

Exhibit at the Oregon State Capitol
Motoya Nakamura: Images of the 442nd
On display through April 4, 2018
Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm
at the Oregon State Capitol, Governor's Ceremonial Office (900 Court St NE, Salem)
Free and open to the public

Kenny Namba, veteran © Motoya Nakamura

Through a grant funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), celebrated local photographer Motoya Nakamura produced groups of photographs in 2004 and 2009 documenting and honoring the veterans and families of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated Japanese American U.S. Army unit during World War II. These images of the veterans, at home and with their families, reveal the dedication and patriotism of this incredible group of men. The photographs are on loan from the Oregon Nikkei Endowment Collection as part of the Art in the Governor's Office exhibition series. Please visit www.oregonlegislature.gov for more information.

Minidoka Center Field Project
at the Minidoka National Historic Site

The goal of the Center Field Project is to re-construct one of the baseball fields at Minidoka and its supporting structures, including scoreboard, backstop, player benches, and exhibit panels.

Minidoka baseballBaseball played a key role in sustaining the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Minidoka War Relocation Center from 1942-45. Many camp residents—youth and adults, male and female—played baseball or softball on one of the many fields throughout the camp.

Field-In-A-Day is based on the 1952 Farm-In-A-Day event on property that was part of the historic Minidoka site. Approximately 1500 volunteers built a two bedroom home, dug irrigation canals, built corrals, and planted crops — all in a single day. On Saturday, May 28th, individuals and groups joined Friends of Minidoka and park staff in rebuilding one of the baseball fields that were interspersed among the 44 residential blocks.

Support the Minidoka Center Field Project by volunteering for Field-In-A-Day, making a donation, or purchasing a special commemorative baseball (a portion of sales supports the Center Field Project). The baseball ($10, case costs extra) is available for purchase at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Please visit www.nps.gov for more information.

Resources & Services
Check out our Resources page to learn more about the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's programs, which provide tangible reminders of the richness and vitality that ethnic minorities can bring to societies that hold sacred the rights of its citizens and regard as a blessing the diversity of its people.

Other Community Events
Please visit Discover Nikkei for more information about upcoming events in the area and around the world:

Portland Chinatown History Foundation and Oregon Historical Society
Lunar New Year Dragon Dance and Parade
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 11:30am–3pm
Parade begins in Chinatown and ends at the Oregon Historical Society
Free and open to the public

To celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Portland Chinatown History Foundation and the Oregon Historical Society present the third annual Dragon Dance & Parade from Chinatown to the Oregon Historical Society. The start of the parade route on NW Davis and 3rd Avenue will feature fireworks and lion dances, and the parade with a 100-foot dragon and lions will wind through downtown Portland to its conclusion at the Oregon Historical Society. Performances to follow at the Oregon Historical Society. Go to www.ohs.org to learn more.

Lewis & Clark College Day of Remembrance Event
We Are Not The Enemy! Remembering the World War II Internment of Japanese Latin Americans and Their Ongoing Struggle for Justice
Monday, February 26, 2018, 4:30pm
at Lewis & Clark College, Miller Hall 105 (0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland)
Free and open to the public

Grace Shimizu is the director of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project and coordinator for Campaign For Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans. She is a prominent advocate for former Japanese Latin Americans, working to preserve their oral histories as well as ensure redress and government accountability. In her talk she will discuss the hidden and forgotten story of Japanese Latin American internment during World War II. Visit college.lclark.edu to learn more.

Chinese New YearLan Su Chinese Garden
Chinese New Year—Year of the Dog
February 16 - March 4, 2018
at Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett Street, Portland)

Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su Chinese Garden's two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more! Visit www.lansugarden.org to learn more.

Lan Su in BloomLan Su in Bloom
March 1 - 31, 2018
at Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett Street, Portland)

Celebrate the blooms and fragrances of Lan Su Chinese Garden. Lan Su's plant collection is filled with more than ninety specimen trees, rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and signature magnolia, orchid and camellia collections. Lan Su in Bloom is an in-depth look at plants with Lan Su's horticulture staff and garden experts. Visit www.lansugarden.org to learn more.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto
February 16 - May 27, 2018
at Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (724 NW Davis Street, Portland)

This exhibition examines the literary magazine written by Jewish teens imprisoned at Terezin, a Nazi camp in Czechoslovakia during WWII. Using pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and prose and poetry, these brave adolescents secretly wrote and illustrated the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Visit www.ojmche.org to learn more.

Past events:

OmiyageOmiyage Holiday Museum Store
November 18-December 24, 2017
Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday noon-4pm
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

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

Osechi Ryori
Osechi RyoriWinter fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Cost: $140 (or $110 if you provide your own jubako box)

Enjoy traditional Japanese New Year's food (as well as items from the Pacific Northwest) prepared by our Nikkei community cooks, displayed in a three-tiered box (jubako), while supporting the Oregon Nikkei Endowment! The cost is $140 for the entire osechi ryori (or $110 if you provide your own jubako), $60 of which is tax-deductible. Deadline to order is Thursday, December 21st.

Minoru Yasui Roots to Results Education Project
Curriculum Workshops and Film Screening
November 4, 2017, 9:30am-1pm
Portland Community College Sylvania Campus (12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland)
Free, RSVP required

Minoru Yasui Roots to Results Education Project presents an all-day event for librarians, teachers, and the public. The morning will include film screening of the documentary film NEVER GIVE UP! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice, speakers and discussion, and essay contest resources. The afternoon includes middle-school curriculum workshops for teachers and interested parties.

matsutakeMatsutake Hunt
October 21-22, 2017
Cost: $55
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.

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).

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)

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, featuring a special print donated by Roger Shimomura.

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