Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Formerly Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

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

Current Exhibit
Collections Up Close 2020:

On display through March 8, 2020

Japanese American Museum of Oregon's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph our permanent collection. This 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 rotating exhibitions.

First Thursday – March 5, 3-6pm
Free and open to the public

This month's collection focus will be Anzen artifacts donated by the Matsushima family. Anzen, previously known as Teikoku Company, operated from 1905 to 2014 and was one of the longest running Japanese American businesses in Portland.

The Journal of Ben Uchida

Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, April 4 & 5, 2020, 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 the Japanese American Museum of Oregon.

Special Preview Night to Benefit the Japanese American Museum of Oregon
Friday, April 3, 5:30-7:30pm
Early Shoppers Admission: $50 (general public), $25 (Friends)
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 16-31 (call ahead to schedule a dropoff time). Call the Japanese American Museum of Oregon at 503-224-1458 to arrange for donation dropoff or to sign up to volunteer.

Resources & Services
Check out our Resources page to learn more about the Japanese American Museum of Oregon'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
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.

History PubHistory Pub
Detained by My Country
Monday, February 24, 7pm
at McMenamins Kennedy School (5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland)
Free and open to the public

Presented by Toby and Kenneth Loftus, including video footage of their mother, Mitzi Asai Loftus

For Japanese Americans during World War II, their forced removal to concentration camps in 1942 is an experience they will never forget. Mitzi Loftus was a child living in Hood River when her family was forced to leave their belongings and home and relocate to Tule Lake Camp in northern California. For this presentation, Mitzi's sons, Toby and Kenneth Loftus, will share video footage of interviews with their mother regarding her time spent at the Tule Lake and Heart Mountain camps. They will share related photographs from her personal collection and will detail her parents' immigration story. The video footage will include Mitzi telling of her family's movements through World War II and re-settlement in Oregon, with the attendant discrimination they experienced in the postwar years. Visit ohs.org to learn more.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Lan Su Chinese GardenChinese New Year: Year of the Rat
January 25-February 9, 2020
at Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett Street, Portland)

Enjoy special extended hours during Lan Su's Chinese New Year celebrations. Celebrate Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su's two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more! Every guest visiting on January 25 will also receive a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope. Visit www.lansugarden.org to learn more.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust EducationSouthern Rites
Southern Rites
On display February 5 - May 24, 2020
at the Oregon Jewish Museum (724 NW Davis Street, Portland)

In Southern Rites American photographer Gillian Laub (b. 1975) engages her skills as a photographer, storyteller, and visual activist to examine the realities of racism and raise questions that are simultaneously painful and essential to understanding the American consciousness. Through her lens and the voices of her subjects we encounter that which we do not want to witness, but what is vital for us to see.  Visit www.ojmche.org to learn more.

PSU The Future of Japan

Past events:

Monster Colored Glasses by Ken YoshikawaBook Reading
Monster Colored Glasses
Poetry with Ken Yoshikawa
Sunday, January 12, 3-5:30pm

Poet Ken Yoshikawa will read from his newly published book, Monster Colored Glasses, a bilingual narrative exploring personal issues of trauma, vulnerability and personal transformation while addressing social responsibility themes. The evening includes a reception, book signing, and poetry readings by Ken and guest poet Juanito Cervantes, a Mexican poet and author of Voces de Libertad (Voices of freedom) book of poetry. Juanito Cervantes promotes Spanish poetry in Oregon and is a member of the Silverton Poetry Association.

Book Signing
Immigration to America NW with Dr. Toshio Inahara
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 1-3pm

A true story about a family's immigration to Oregon from Japan in the late 19th century and the tribulations of these immigrant Issei and their children in adapting to a new language, society, and environment. From 1904 to 1905 the Russo-Japanese war raged on. From Japan, three Inahara brothers immigrated to America, Australia, and Korea. The book follows their legacies and the travels of the author to Port Arthur in China's Liaodong Peninsula to reexamine the effects of the war.

A Night of Poetry and Prose with Brandon Shimoda

Osechi Ryori
Osechi RyoriWinter fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Cost: $145 (or $115 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 traditional foods include nishime, kazunoko, makizushi, chirashi, kimpira gobo, and more...

The cost is $145 for the entire osechi ryori (or $115 if you provide your own jubako—please check with us to make sure your jubako is compatible), $60 of which is tax-deductible. Deadline to order and to drop off your jubako is Friday, December 20th.

OmiyageHoliday Museum Store
Open November 17 through December 22, 2019
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! This holiday season, Oregon Nikkei Endowment's museum gift shop, Omiyage, has been expanded at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian American gifts and crafts created by local artisans and designers. Omiyage features jewelry, cards, origami ornaments, home accessories, arts and crafts, Anime-inspired merchandise, books, and a selection of curated vintage items.

Minidoka: An American Concetrantion Camp movie

Matsutake Hunt
October 19-20, 2019
Cost: $55
For current and new Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment onlymatsutake

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.

Oregon Nikkei Endowment's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Reveal in Japantown
Oregon Nikkei Endowment's 30th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 4-6:30pm
Festival Street, NW 4th & Flanders, Portland
Cost: $50

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"–a 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.


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