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

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.

Pickup this year is Tuesday, December 31, from 2:00-2:30 p.m. at the Oregon Buddhist Temple (3720 SE 34th Ave, Portland). Order online, or contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment to pre-order or if you are interested in volunteering:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email
 

Minidoka: An American Concetrantion Camp movie

 
Omiyage
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.

Museum Store Sunday: December 1, noon-4pm
Free admission to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
20% discount at Omiyage for Friends of O.N.E.

Proceeds from Omiyage sales will support our local vendors and the programs, exhibits, and mission of Oregon Nikkei Endowment.
 

Current Exhibit
Collections Up Close 2019:
Sports

On display through November 30, 2019

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph Oregon Nikkei Endowment's 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.

November 2019's collection focus will be sports, including Jim Onchi's kendo gear.
 

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.
 

High Desert MuseumLeonard Bernstein at 100!
Witness to Wartime: The Painted Diary of Takuichi Fujii
On display through January 5, 2020
at the High Desert Museum (59800 US-97, Bend)

In 1936, Seattle resident and rising artist Takuichi Fujii was among 10 artists chosen to represent Washington at the First National Exhibition of American Art in New York. Six years later, he and his family were forcibly removed from their home under and spent three and a half years in Minidoka in the High Desert of southcentral Idaho.

Witness to Wartime documents Fujii’s perspective of the camp, contrasting with the government’s sanitized versions of the era. During this time, he kept an illustrated diary which chronicled his family’s forced removal from Seattle and concluded with the closing of Minidoka. Visit highdesertmuseum.org to learn more.
 

PSU Center for Japanese Studies
 

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Lan Su Chinese GardenMumvember
November 2019
at Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett Street, Portland)

During the month of November, Lan Su Chinese Garden will be packed with more than 750 potted chrysanthemums artistically displayed throughout the garden. More than 75 different chrysanthemum varieties will unfurl in all colors, shapes and sizes including: spiders, quills, spoons, regular incurves, irregular incurves, reflexes, semi-doubles, anemones, brush, thistle, exotics and more! Take in the oranges, reds and yellows of autumn to unusually bright pinks, pale lavenders, lime green, and even stripes of the chrysanthemum. 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.
 


Past events:

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. View the informational flyer here.
 

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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