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

Japanese American history museum

Location

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Located in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, between Couch and Davis Streets. One block from the Old Town/Chinatown light rail stop.
 

Japanese American Historical Plaza
NW Couch Street & Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97209
 

Directions

Museum hours:
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

Museum Admission:
$5 adults, $3 seniors (62+)/students, children under 12 free,
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment
 

Guided tours of the museum and plaza, speaking engagements, and research appointments are available. Please visit our Resources & Services page to learn more.
 

Wheelchair access to the museum is available through the Merchant Hotel courtyard. To schedule or for more information, please contact us:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email
 

Nikkei: Japanese emigrants and their descendants.

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is located in the Merchant Hotel building built 1880-1885, and is of historical interest, being located in the oldest part of Portland in the heart of what was once Portland's Japantown (Nihonmachi) until World War II. The building housed a laundry, bathhouse and barbershop run by Japanese families in the early years.
 

Currently showing:

Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of an American Community

Hayashi greenhouse, museum exhibit
The Hayashi family greenhouse, courtesy of Toshiko Hayashi.
 

Tour our permanent exhibit Reflections of an American Community
 

with:

Allie Takahashi:
Fabric & Skin
May 11 July 3, 2019

Allie Takahashi is an artist & tattooer based in Oakland, California. Combining divinatory methods with collage, painting, and installation, Takahashi uses the visual language of ukiyo-e (Edo-period Japanese woodblock prints) to evoke dynamics of intergenerational trauma and healing, specifically in the context of Japanese American experiences.

Allie Takahashi: Fabric & Skin

Uranai refers to the process of looking behind the curtain of the visible world for divine guidance. Takahashi's surreal figures of fabric, limbs, and cord express the fluidity of ancestral connection between realms of past and present, material and spirit, living and dead. In this space Takahashi invites you to meditate on the ghosts of fragmented selves, the weight of silence, the violence of assimilation, and the possibilities of liberation and political resistance through ancestral healing.


 


Upcoming at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Preview and Reception for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Friday, May 10, 4-6pm
RSVP by Wednesday, May 8

First Thursday
June 6, 2019, 3-6pm
Free and open to the public

Read more about upcoming events on our activities page.

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Current Exhibit

Allie Takahashi:
Fabric & Skin
May 11 – July 3, 2019

Fabric & Skin
 

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