ensoOregon 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

Gambatte: An American Legacy
Presented as a part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival 2019
Saturday, June 1, at 3pm and 7pm
Sunday, June 2, at 3pm
Tuesday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 5, at 7pm
at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (5340 N. Interstate Avenue, Portland)

Seating is limited. Reservations strongly recommended.
Tickets: Adults $15, Students/Seniors $10

Gambatte: An American Legacy explores the resilience and fortitude of the Japanese American community, from Nihonmachi (Portland's historic Japantown) to the present. Through theatre, dance, and music the 90-minute performance is a way to raise empathy and heal the emotional legacy and the effects of racism in America.

Gambatte: An American Legacy is a collaboration combining the talents of four artists: Chisao Hata, Heath Hyun, Ken Yoshikawa, and Jenna Yokoyama, who devised this piece together. Each has explored what it means to be Asian American in today's landscape and the historical complexities informing identity in America. Additional artists who have contributed to this work are Lawson Inada, Nobuko Miyamoto, Toshiko Namioka, Nikki Nojima Louis, and Mitch Iimori. Featured performers include Kathy Hsieh, a founder of the former Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle; Ana Harvey; and Kurt Ikeda, Education Manager at Oregon Nikkei Endowment. Also featured is a Community Ensemble comprised of residents whose histories mirror those being shared.

On Monday, June 3, at 7pm: free Community Healing Gathering. Listening circles will hold space as the emotional legacies expressed in this performance are addressed.

Current Exhibit
Allie Takahashi:
Fabric & Skin

Open to the public May 11 – July 3, 2019

Allie Takahashi is an artist & tattooer based in Oakland, California. Combining divinatory methods with collage, painting, and installation, Takahashi uses the visual language of ukiyo-e (Edo-period Japanese woodblock prints) to evoke dynamics of intergenerational trauma and healing, specifically in the context of Japanese American experiences.

First Thursday – June 6, 3-6pm
Free and open to the public


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 Museum
Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic ChinatownsBeyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns
Grand Opening: December 15, 2018
at Portland Chinatown Museum (127 NW 3rd Avenue, Portland)

Beyond the Gate was originally created as a temporary exhibit for the Oregon Historical Society by Dr. Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis with the help of Carey Wong, Jennifer Fang, and the Portland Chinatown History Foundation. This expanded version of Beyond the Gate is the new permanent exhibition for the Portland Chinatown Museum. Visit www.portlandchinatownmuseum.org to learn more.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Lan Su Chinese Garden Cuisines of Asia
June 2019
at Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett Street, Portland)

Learn the history, art, and stories behind some of Asia's most famous foods with talks and tastes from local Asian restaurants and food experts throughout the month. Indulge all your senses at Lan Su Chinese Garden with Cuisines of Asia, a celebration of Asia's vast culinary experience, with a variety of local Asian restaurants as they provide tastes of traditional dishes. Visit www.lansugarden.org to learn more.

Architectural Heritage CenterThe Artistic and Eclectic Will Martin
The Artistic and Eclectic Will Martin
On display through July 27, 2019
at the Architectural Heritage Center

This original, comprehensive exhibition about the Portland and Oregon architect Will Martin (1930-1985), best known as the designer of Pioneer Courthouse Square, captures the full range of Martin's creative work as an architect, artist, and imaginative thinker. This exhibition demonstrates the vibrant fusion between art and architecture as it played out in Martin's built and unbuilt work, from his earliest projects in the late 1950s, his modernist suburban work, his playful and experimental designs for private residences, to his forays into postmodernism prior to his untimely death in 1985. Visit visitahc.org to learn more.

Past events:

Plaza Cleanup
plaza cleanupSunday, June 2, 8am - noon
at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (NW Couch Street and Naito Parkway)

Volunteers are needed to help us clean the Japanese American Historical Plaza on Sunday, June 2, starting at 8am. Clean-up activities include pulling weeds, sweeping, and picking up litter. If possible, volunteers are encouraged to bring a broom, dust pan, rake, work gloves, water, flag markers, and any other tools and supplies that might be useful.

7th Annual Cherry Blossom BazaarCherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, March 30 & 31, 2019, 10am-4pm
139 NW 2nd Avenue, Portland

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 29, 5:30-7:30pm
Early Shoppers Admission: $50 (general public), $25 (Friends of O.N.E.)
RSVP required

Min Yasui Day 2019


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Fabric & Skin
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