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 admission,
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Upcoming Activities for Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Current Exhibit
Yellow Terror: The Collections and Paintings Of Roger Shimomura
Open to the public through July 16, 2017

First Thursday – March 2, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Yellow Terror is a rare opportunity to view Roger Shimomura's artwork alongside his extensive collection of memorabilia and objects depicting racial stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans, recently donated to the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. In his signature Pop Art style, Shimomura's paintings uncover and challenge the role of the media and material culture to define the American norm while establishing the perpetual Other. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.

5th Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12, 2017, 10am-4pm
127 NW 3rd 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 10, 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 February 22-March 8 (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.

Concert of RemembranceConcert of Remembrance
Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of FDR's Executive Order 9066
Presented by Cascadia Composers, in collaboration Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Oregon Historical Society
Sunday, March 12, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue Portland)
Free and open to the public

Cascadia Composers presents this concert to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which uprooted American citizens of Japanese descent all over the western United States and incarcerated them in camps during World War II. This event will feature new musical compositions, as well as photographs by New Mexico photographer (and camp documenter) Joan Myers, poetry reading by former Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada, and a video by Oregon Nikkei Endowment. Visit ohs.org 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.

Minoru Yasui: Roots to Results
Teacher Workshop
Saturday, February 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Registration deadline: February 21

In February 1942, two months after the United States declared war on Japan, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. This order led to the forced removal and incarceration of all Japanese Americans living along the West Coast. Minoru Yasui was an Oregon attorney who challenged these discriminatory laws.

In February 2016, The Oregon Legislature unanimously voted to designate March 28 of each year as Minoru Yasui Day.

This workshop provides lesson plans for exploring:

  • the experiences of Japanese Americans in Oregon during World War II
  • the work of Minoru Yasui
  • student learning that inspires social activism

This workshop will be led by Sarah Segal, a Hood River middle school teacher who developed the curriculum and whose students advocated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom for Minoru Yasui. Curriculum materials aligned with Common Core Standards and primary source resources will be provided to attending teachers. PDU’s will be available.

This project is funded by a grant from the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Please RSVP by February 21 to Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458

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:

Near and Far: A 2017 Series of Exhibitions
A Pairing of Color and Form: The Work of Takahashi Rikio, Laura Bender and John Early
March 24-26, 2017
at Bender/Early Studio (330 SE 52nd Avenue, Portland)

Takahashi Tea Ceremony

The woodblock prints of the "Master of NIWA" - Takahashi Rikio - are paired with the work of Portland artists Laura Bender and John Early in this first of a series of exhibitions drawing from The Lavenberg Collection of Japanese Prints and the work of local artists.

Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998) used abstraction to explore forms found in gardens and nature. His woodblock prints, some reaching over three feet in height and some the size of a note card, evoke an atmosphere of stillness and balance and have a sense of timelessness. Laura Bender and John Early are partners in Site Painters, founded in 1982 to design and produce site-specific artworks for public places. Laura's prints and paintings are lyrical abstractions with a sculptural edge and John's current drawing-based work is fueled by his interest in fire as the primal element of generation.

For the March 24 Friday opening, music will be provided by Larry Tyrrell of Moonbridge on the shakuhashi. For more information and to RSVP, please go to the Facebook event page.

PSU Center for Japanese Studies
Asian Diplomat Lecture Series: "The World . . . In General"
with Consul General Kojiro Uchiyama of the Japanese Consular Office in Portland
Wednesday, February 22, 6pm
Smith Memorial Student Union Room 296/8 (1825 SW Broadway, Portland)
Free and open to the public

Consul General Kojiro Uchiyama arrived in Portland in April of 2016 having served as Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan in Dublin, Ireland for the previous five years. Today, under a stable regime, Japan is working to resolve domestic and overseas issues while plotting a route out of long-standing economic stagnation. Consul General Uchiyama will give an overview of Japan's current circumstances as well as considering prospects for the future. Visit www.pdx.edu/cjs to learn more.

Salem Multicultural Institute
Kitsuke: The Art of Wearing Kimono
February 1 - May 17, 2017
World Beat Gallery, Reed Opera House (189 Liberty St NE #107, Salem)

Translated literally as a "thing to wear," the kimono is so much more. Explore the art and craftsmanship of the iconic Japanese garment and learn the secrets of kitsuke. View the program calendar at salemmulticultural.org.

Lan SuLan Su Chinese Garden
Lan Su in Bloom
March 1-31, 2017

Lan Su Chinese Garden'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. Take in the sights and scents of special floral arranging demonstrations, guided garden plant tours, and talks from plant and garden experts. Learn more at www.lansugarden.org.

Architectural Heritage Center
Parting Shots: Minor White's Images of Portland, 1938-1942
Open March 3–December 23, 2017
Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery at the Architectural Heritage Center

Minor White (1908 – 1976) was one of the most important American photographers of the 20th century. Originally from Minnesota, White’s professional career as a photographer began in Portland. Between 1938 – 1942 White was commissioned to document what amounted to the end of an era for some of the city's most important early architecture. Parting Shots will bring greater focus and attention to White's career in Portland, while also presenting through physical artifacts, the fine workmanship and materials employed by 19th-century architects and builders. Go to visitahc.org to learn more.

Past events:


Mochitsuki 2017
The Year of the Rooster
Sunday, January 29, 11am-4pm
at PSU Smith Memorial Student Union (1825 SW Broadway, Portland)

Enjoy free mochi samples, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages including: mochi pounding, mochi making, ikebana, origami, games, calligraphy, and much more! Please visit mochipdx.org for more information.

Vision and Vigilance Candlelight Vigil
with Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Portland JACL, and Japanese Ancestral Society
Sunday, December 11, 4pm
at the Japanese American Historical Plaza

Co-Sponsors: ACLU of Oregon, Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Augustana Lutheran Church, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Familias en Accion, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Jewish Voice for Peace - PDX, Know Your City, Latino Health Coalition, Living Earth, Muslim Educational Trust, Muslim Education Center, Oregon Buddhist Temple, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Portland Chinatown History Foundation, Portland Taiko, Unit Souzou, Vanport Mosaic, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Western States Center, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Portland, World Arts Foundation, Inc.

In response to the suggestion that Japanese American incarceration camps are a precedent for the creation of a Muslim registry and in response to the divisive rhetoric and rise in incidents of hate across the country, we invite everyone to join us in taking an unequivocal stand for compassion and justice for all people.

From a community that knows well the danger when fear and prejudice prevail, we stand in solidarity with targeted communities and invite everyone to join in a show of unity and support at this event that will feature diverse community voices, closed with a candlelight vigil.

With a vision united by hope, and vigilance to stand against bigotry, we will strengthen our resolve and commitment to hold our country and our elected officials accountable to uphold our civil rights, civil liberties, and the ideals that our country is founded on. Never Again!

Vision and VigilanceVision and Vigilance
Sunday, October 9, 10am-noon
at the Gerding Theater at the Armory

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7-9pm
at the Columbia Center for the Arts (215 Cascade Ave, Hood River)

Join a panel of diverse community leaders who will engage participants in dialogue, reflection and inspiration in facilitated roundtables. The community facilitators will share their knowledge and connect their work in civil and human rights to the work of Minoru Yasui. Vision and Vigilance addresses the ongoing need for individuals and communities to be advocates for the needs of their communities.

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