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

A Night of Poetry and Prose with Brandon Shimoda

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

Books at this event will be $10 and all proceeds benefit the Japanese American Museum of Oregon.

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.

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

Monster Colored Glasses by Ken YoshikawaPoet 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.

Ken Yoshikawa is half-Japanese, and a poet-actor from Portland. He is an active voice in the spoken word community and his acting has been seen in diverse performances in local theatres. Ken's powerful use of words are featured in his first autobiographical poetic solo, The Art of Fly Swatting, which was performed off-Broadway in NYC at the Pan Asian Repertory Festival in 2019. Ken's poems have appeared in Nailed Magazine, Letters from the Void, Hapa Mag and Discover Nikkei.

Current Exhibit
Collections Up Close 2019/20:

On display November 7, 2019 - January 4, 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.

The winter collections focus will be sports, including Jim Onchi's kendo gear.

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.

Joe Kye concert

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 EducationLeonard Bernstein at 100!
Leonard Bernstein at 100!
On display October 3, 2019 - January 26, 2020
at the Oregon Jewish Museum (724 NW Davis Street, Portland)

This project comprises the first large-scale, multimedia museum exhibition to illustrate Leonard Bernstein's life, Jewish identity, and social activism in the context of his position as an American conductor and his works as a composer. It features interactive media and sound installations along with marked-up scores, conducting suit, annotated copy of Romeo and Juliet used for the development of West Side Story, personal family items, composing easel, and a number of objects from his studio. Curated by the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live ® in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Bernstein Family. Visit www.ojmche.org to learn more.

Japanese Knife Sharpening Workshop

Past events:

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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