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

Annual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Honoring the 30th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act
Friday, August 10, 2018
Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club (1849 SW Salmon St, Portland)
Cost: $125 per person

Please join us for our annual benefit banquet in support of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, this year honoring Kay Endo and Bob Shimabukuro.

The Special Keynote Speaker for the evening is John Tateishi — National Redress Director of the Japanese American Citizens League.

Activities will include a dessert dash and silent auction. The meal choices are beef, salmon (gluten free), or vegetarian (gluten free). Contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment for more information, to volunteer, or to learn more about table sponsorships:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Plaza Cleanup
plaza cleanupSunday, August 5, 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, August 5, 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.

Current Exhibit
Collections Up Close | 2018
A Soldier's Story: The Photo Album of Yukimori Okimoto Who Served during WWII with the 522nd Field Artillery, Liberators of the Subcamps of Dachau
Open to the public June 14 – August 5, 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.

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:

The Art of Jimmy Mirikitani

Made In Chinatown, USA: Portland
June 7 - September 2, 2018
at Portland Chinatown Museum (127 NW 3rd Avenue, Portland)

Inaugural Exhibition by Portland Chinatown Museum's First Visiting Artist in Residence, Dean Wong!

Presenting a collection of photographs documenting the complexity, vibrancy, beauty, and pride of Chinatown and its people. Dean Wong, a nationally acclaimed photographer, is a second-generation Chinese American born and raised in Seattle's Chinatown-International District. His book Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown was praised by the New York Times as an "eloquent documentation of complex and evolving communities." Visit www.portlandchinatownmuseum.org to learn more.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Silk RoadSilk Road
July 1 - August 31, 2018
at Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett Street, Portland)

Learn about nomadic life along the Silk Road trade routes, watch a demonstration of silk painting, see a display of traditional silk textiles, and more! Discover the Silk Road in July & August at Lan Su Chinese Garden with talks on the Silk Road, silk embroidery art, and a display of live silkworms. Watch as the silk worms spin their cocoons and emerge as silk moths! Visit www.lansugarden.org to learn more.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust EducationThe Immigrant Story
The Immigrant Story
June 7 - September 30, 2018
at Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (724 NW Davis Street, Portland)

On display are three photographs from the series "Who We Are," an exhibit honoring Muslim women in our community. The Immigrant Story is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, that documents and archives stories of immigrants. Using a narrative style that foregrounds the voices and perspectives of these women, short-form accounts are produced to document their experiences. Each story is accompanied by a photograph of the subject. The story and photo are juxtaposed so that viewers may connect more fully with the subject. The result is a series of candid expositions amplifying the underlying emotions of this community. Visit www.ojmche.org to learn more.

Architectural Heritage CenterSelling the Rose City
Selling the Rose City: Portland Souvenirs and the Imagery of Place
Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery at the Architectural Heritage Center

Part historical journey, part nostalgia, and part kitsch, Selling the Rose City presents material objects that for more than a century have promoted and celebrated Portland as a place. From hotel stationery to buttons, pocket mirrors to ashtrays, snow globes to games, this exhibit shows how items of all kinds have been used to "sell" the city and its architecture. Visit visitahc.org to learn more.

Past events:

Illuminating Uncommon Perspectives on World War II Injustice
with Diana Morita Cole and Roy Wesley
Thursday, June 28, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
at Epworth United Methodist Church (1333 SE 28th Ave, Portland)

Please join us for this program featuring Diana Morita Cole and Roy Wesley. This event will include readings from Diana Morita Cole's new collection of stories about her family's dispersal from Hood River, Oregon, and their imprisonment in the Tule Lake and Minidoka concentration camps. She will also read selections from her book, Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit, featuring the life of a young Nikkei protagonist, born at Minidoka after her family was expelled from Hood River. Diana will also include a film clip about Latin American Nikkei interned in the United States.

GamanfestReclaiming Identity through Art & Activism
Exploring the Intergenerational Impact of Racism | Activating the Power of Heritage History | Igniting Social Change

Friday, May 11, 2018, 6-9pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10am-4pm
at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
Moriarty Auditorium & Student Union (705 N Killingsworth, Portland)
Free and open to the public

Gaman is the Japanese word for "perseverance" or "endurance." Inspired by the spirit of gaman and those Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated in camps during World War II, this festival serves as a venue for the next generation of artists and activists within the Asian American community who use their heritage and culture as motivation for the work they create. Whether it's through music, spoken word, video performances, or visual art, visitors and guests together will explore the intergenerational impact of racism, the power of heritage history, and how to ignite social change. Gamanfest artists and activists will lead open discussions on community-fueled social change, cultural impacts to their identities, and what it means to be "othered" in today's society.

Featuring a selection of film shorts from Hidden Histories by Chicago's Full Spectrum Features; DJ Cay Horiuchi; Nobuko Miyamoto, founder of the community-based arts organization Great Leap; No-No Boy, a multimedia concert taking inspiration from WWII Japanese incarceration camp survivors and many other stories of Asian American experience; The Slants, a pan-Asian rock band that recently won a case at the U.S. Supreme Court regarding use of their band name; Portland Taiko, community bon odori, Joe Kye, Anna Vo, Ryan Nakano, Simon Tam, Chisao Hata, and more.

Oregon Arts Commission Oregon Humanities Portland JACL Portland Community College

Film Screening
Presented by the National Park Service, Minidoka National Historic Site
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:30pm
Epworth United Methodist Church (1333 SE 28th Avenue, Portland)
Free and open to the public

Staff members of the Minidoka National Historic Site (National Park Service) will present an update about the site and a screening of a rough cut of the film that will be shown at the new visitors center at Minidoka.

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.

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

6th Annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar
A Rummage Sale of Japanese Treasures
Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18, 2018, 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.

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Collections Up Close — A Soldier's Story: The Photo Album of Yukimori Okimoto Who Served during WWII with the 522nd Field Artillery, Liberators of the Subcamps of Dachau
June 14 – August 5, 2018

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