Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Formerly Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

411 NW Flanders St.
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:

Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 503-224-1458 for reservations

Adult $8, Senior $6, Student $5, Children 11 & under Free


Museum Collections

The George and Yoneko Hara Collection

George Hara (center)
Peninsula Park, Portland, ca. 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Hara
Mr & Mrs. Hara

George Hara

George Hara was a Nisei born in Portland, Oregon, where his parents, originally from Yokohama, managed the Australia Hotel. During World War II, he was removed to the Portland Assembly Center and later to Minidoka in Idaho. He was as drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in the Military Intelligence Service, and after the war in occupied Japan. After his service in the army, George returned to Portland and eventually became a physician.

Yone (Inuzuka) Hara grew up in Portland where her family ran a greenhouse business. During World War II, Yone's family was also removed to the Portland Assembly Center and later to Minidoka. After leaving camp, Yone returned to Portland and married George Hara in 1949.

George Hara interview

Learn more about George and Yone Hara at the Densho Digital Archive, where over 50 recorded video interviews that make up Oregon Nikkei Endowment's growing Visual History Collection can be accessed online. Portions of George and Yone's interviews are also available to view in the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's permanent exhibit, Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of an American Community.

To view more photos from the George & Yoneko Hara collection, please visit flickr.com.

The Frank C. Hirahara Collection

Frank C. Hirahara image

Frank C. Hirahara was an electrical engineer active in the Portland Nikkei community from 1948-54, and took pictures in his spare time as a member of the Portland Photographic Society and the Oregon Camera Club. This image shows Harue Akiyama, the dance instructor for Obon, an annual Japanese Buddhist festival.

Rose Parade float, 1950

Frank captured hundreds of photographs depicting life in the heart of Portland's Japantown, as well as photographs of the greater Portland community, including Portland's annual Rose Festival. This image was taken a 35mm color slide and shows the Sweepstakes Winner float from the 1950 Grand Floral Parade. Photos from this collection were featured in our 2014 exhibition, Capturing a Generation through the Eye of a Lens: The Photographs of Frank C. Hirahara, 1948-54.

Frank C. Hirahara exhibit

To view more photos from the Frank C. Hirahara collection, please visit our collection at the Densho Digital Repository.

Where was this photo taken?
ONLC 2092

Nikkei of the Hood River Valley:
Takagi Family

Portland's Japantown:
Portland Sumo

Pre-War Business and Commerce:
Tsuboi jewelry

Community Sports:

Nisei Veterans:
Nisei vets

Sahomi Tachibana:
Sahomi Tachibana

Holiday items:
holiday card

Life at Minidoka:Hunt High Yearbook

Issei forms and cards:
Endo card

Camp art:
Minidoka woodblock print

Rose Festival:
1931 Nikkei Rose Court

Japanese American Citizens League, 1940:
JACL Convention Banquet

Can you identify these medals?
Nakadate WWII medals

What could this be?
Japanese typesetter


Help preserve Nikkei history

M. Inouye at the "Heart Mountain Story" Exhibit

The story of Japanese Americans is one that must be told and retold by each generation. Do you have old photos taken in the internment camps? Art, poetry, or writing created by the Issei?

The Legacy Center collects Nikkei artifacts and historical documents for our exhibits and presentations. Please help us preserve our past. Search through your old drawers and family albums. We would like to borrow them long enough to make copies. The original print will be returned to you, unless you wish to donate it for our collection. 

For each photo, please note:

  • All people in the picture
  • Place it was taken
  • Date taken
  • Circumstances surrounding the picture (if appropriate)

We greatly appreciate your help in this effort.

For more information or to donate an item to our collection, please contact the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center:

Phone: 503-224-1458


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Current Exhibits



Grace, Grit and Gaman: Japanese American Women through the Generations

Grace Grit and Gaman

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