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Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

121 NW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)

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  • Saturday
    Sep 23 2017
    Museum Day Live! at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

    On Saturday, September 23, museums across the country offer free admission to anyone presenting a FREE downloadable Museum Day Live! ticket. This annual event is organized by Smithsonian Magazine.

    Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is a participating museum once again! Our current exhibit is "American Obon," and Museum Day Live! is a great opportunity to see it before it closes on October 15th. Download your ticket here: http://smithsonian.com/museumday

    Learn more about Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live on their Facebook page, and visit http://smithsonian.com/museumday to see what other museums are participating.

  • Saturday
    Aug 26 2017
    Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center Family Day

    Please join us for this free, family-friendly day at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center and learn more about Bon Odori in North America. Featuring kids activities and free admission to our current exhibition, "American Obon: Dancing in Joy and Remembrance."

  • Saturday
    Jul 29 2017
    American Obon: Dancing in Joy & Remembrance Exhibit
    Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

    American Obon: Dancing in Joy and Remembrance On display July 29 – October 15, 2017

    The summer obon festival is an eagerly anticipated event within Japanese American communities throughout North America. Perhaps the most iconic element of the obon festival occurs when participants gather in a circle for the bon odori (obon dancing).

    Reverend Yoshio Iwanaga introduced this tradition to numerous Nikkei communities along the West Coast in the 1930s, and now his pioneering activities will be celebrated in an exhibit at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.

    "American Obon" will trace the development of bon odori in North America through archival photographs, audio, and rare video footage on loan from the Iwanaga family, dance scholar Linda Akiyama, and Buddhist Churches of America.

    In addition, the obon tradition in Portland will be highlighted with photographs from Oregon Nikkei Endowment's Frank C. Hirahara Collection. Curated by Dr. Wynn Kiyama (Portland State University and Portland Taiko).

    Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

  • Thursday
    Jul 6 2017
    First Thursday: "Yellow Terror"

    Free admission to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center on Thursday, July 6, 4-7pm.

    "Yellow Terror: The Collections & Paintings of Roger Shimomura" is a powerful exhibition and a rare opportunity to view Roger Shimomura's artwork alongside his extensive collection of memorabilia and objects depicting racial stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans.

    Please visit www.oregonnikkei.org for more information on the exhibition.

    The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is committed to the preservation and sharing of the history and culture of the Japanese American community. The Legacy Center is a venue for cultural and research activities and an invaluable resource for the exploration of the experiences of Japanese Americans and their role in Oregon's multicultural community.