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Japanese American Historical Plaza

2 NW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)

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  • Tuesday
    Aug 29 2017
    Cleaner Air Oregon Rally and Public Comment

    This is the last opportunity to make your voices heard in person on the proposed new air quality regulations from DEQ! We're going to make the best of it and BE LOUD!

    The rally is at 12:15 at the waterfront!

    We'll have speakers like supermom and soon-to-be-lawyer Dayna Jones and clean air champion representative Rob Nosse, among others. There will be frozen treats! Come learn a little bit more about the fight for clean air in our State and get ready to rumble.

    This is also your LAST CHANCE to sign our petition before we deliver it! https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/governor-brown-make-cleaner

    At 12:45 or so, we'll all flood the meeting room (70 NW Couch) to support those people choosing to testify to the advisory committee and DEQ from 1-1:30 PM. This is your chance to remind them who this process is supposed to serve: US! Governor Brown promised a program based on human health, and we all deserve to be safe breathing the air in our neighborhoods.

    Talking points for testimony: https://tinyurl.com/yc3myskp

  • Wednesday
    Aug 9 2017
    Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    We hope that you will join Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and our community partners for Portland's annual memorial of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Japanese American Historical Plaza at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.

    The year’s memorial event, "Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki: From Despair to Hope," will honor the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, highlight the current state of national and international efforts to abolish nuclear bombs, and provide opportunities for those present to take action for a world liberated from the dangers of nuclear weapons.


    • Oregon PSR Associate Director Sean Tenney
    • Human rights activist and writer Polo Catalani
    • Portland Taiko
    • Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland
    • Multnomah Meeting of Friends
    • Oregon Hiroshima Club
    • Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group
    • Portland Japanese American Citizens League
    • SGI-USA Buddhists
    • Veterans for Peace Chapter 72
    • Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom.

    Immediately following the event, we will proceed to the University of Oregon Portland campus building across the street for a nuclear weapons-themed art exhibition and butoh dance performance led by artist and performer Yukiyo Kawano.

    Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility - Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival by striving to end the nuclear threat, advance environmental health, protect our climate and promote peace. We welcome concerned members of the community who share our mission and goals to join us. For more information, please contact us!

  • Saturday
    Jul 29 2017
    Obon Dance Workshop

    As part of Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's new exhibit "American Obon: Dancing in Joy and Remembrance," Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Oregon Buddhist Temple are hosting a public Bon Odori workshop on Saturday, July 29, 6-8pm.

    The summer obon festival is an eagerly anticipated event within Nikkei communities throughout North America. People come for the memorial observance, camaraderie, cultural performances, and food, but perhaps the most iconic element of the obon festival occurs when participants gather in a circle for the bon odori (obon dancing).

    "American Obon" will trace the development of bon odori in North America. Curated by Dr. Wynn Kiyama (Portland State University and Portland Taiko), this exhibit will be the first of its kind in North America.

    Please join us for this obon dance workshop at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Saturday July 29, 6-8pm.

    Oregon Nikkei Endowment

    Oregon Buddhist Temple

  • Sunday
    Feb 19 2017
    #NeverAgain: Japanese-Americans Remember

    Join Japanese-Americans for a Day of Remembrance gathering on Sunday, February 19 from 11am-1pm at the Japanese-American Historical Plaza. On this day, we remember the signing of Executive Order 9066, the order that led to the forced incarceration of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

    This gathering is intended as a space for Japanese-Americans to come together, to reflect, and to share our story. If your family went to the camps, feel free to bring pictures or bring your stories about how the signing of EO 9066 affected your family then and how it echoes into now. We hope you gather with us even if you’re family went to the camps, but your family left you with no stories to share. The silence about the camps is an important element of our shared history that many are confronting still. Let’s confront it together.

    The organizers of this event are yonsei (fourth generation Japanese-Americans). We believe that it is important for Japanese-Americans to remember why we say #neveragain on this day. Telling our stories to one another reminds us of our community and our shared history. We also believe that it’s important for our community to gather physically in the Plaza on this day as a statement of solidarity for those who, today, find themselves where we once were.

    This is NOT a protest or a rally. This is a PEACEFUL GATHERING primarily for the Japanese-American community to be together in vigil.

    ALL PEOPLE ARE INVITED to join us at the Plaza in remembrance, but we ask that non-Japanese-Americans take a step back and take the opportunity to listen to the stories of others who have experienced the consequences of American racism and xenophobia. Please be respectful of the space you are in. This is a somber occasion for the Japanese-American community.

    Signs are welcome. Some suggestions for a DIY sign: "#NeverAgain" "Day of Remembrance" "We Were Banned Too" "Silence is Violence"

    Or make a sign with the name of one of the concentration camps: Minidoka Internment Camp, Idaho Topaz Internment Camp, Central Utah Colorado River (Poston) Internment Camp, Arizona Gila River Internment Camp, Phoenix, Arizona Granada (Amache) Internment Camp, Colorado Heart Mountain Internment Camp, Wyoming Jerome Internment Camp, Arkansas Rohwer Internment Camp, Arkansas Manzanar Internment Camp, California Tule Lake Internment Camp, California Sand Island Internment Camp, Hawaii Honouliuli Internment Camp, Hawaii

    THANK YOU to Studio Sign Co. for providing our banner.