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Shinnenkai is a traditional Japanese way of getting together to celebrate a new year, make promises to do one’s best for the year and wish each other good luck and fortune.
Day of Remembrance
The Japanese American Museum of Oregon commemorates the incarceration of more than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II.
The Japanese Festival of Dolls, Hina Matsuri, features a display of hina ningyo dolls (elaborately costumed figures depicting the imperial family and its courtiers) as well as an opportunity to dress girls in cotton yukata for photographs in front of the dolls. At the Portland Japanese Garden.
Ohara Ikebana Exhibit
The Portland Chapter of the Ohara School of Ikebana is noted for developing the moribana style, which breaks with the more formal vertical style of the past to create horizontal “landscape” arrangements at the Portland Japanese Garden.
Cherry Blossom Bazaar
This highly-anticipated annual event takes place in mid-March. Admission is free, and it’s a great place to find Japanese clothing, furniture and unusual collectibles. There’s something for every age, interest and budget. All proceeds benefit the Japanese American Museum of Oregon.
Kodomo no Hi
The Children’s Day festival, Kodomo no Hi, at the Portland Japanese Garden features activities and entertainment, including the raising of the koi nobori (carp banner), taiko drumming, crafts and more.
Choose from private suites, pop-up events, tiki drinks and Chinese food as you select your ideal Portland karaoke venue from among the city’s top spots.
The Portland ramen scene has exploded in recent years, spurred by the arrival of two authentic eateries straight from Tokyo.
Portland is only an hour away from the Pacific Ocean, so it should come as no surprise that the city’s sushi options are both delicious and expansive.
Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is a time when wishes written on strips of paper are hung on trees in hopes they will come true. The popular summer festival at the Portland Japanese Garden has roots in an old fable of two lovers allowed to meet only once per year and includes storytelling, origami and traditional music.
ObonFest, a traditional festival honoring ancestors, features Obon Odori dancing, taiko performances, martial arts demonstrations, temple talks, Asian crafts, kids’ activities and food. Free practice sessions for odori folk dancing at ObonFest are held in late July and early August.
Coinciding with the harvest moon occurring in September to early October, the Portland Japanese Garden hosts O- Tsukimi, Moonviewing Festival. The evening is an opportunity to gather, appreciate the moon’s beauty, and pray for good fortune and abundant harvest.
Oregon Buddhist Temple Fall Bazaar
The Oregon Buddhist Temple hosts their annual Fall Bazaar, where you can shop for omiyage and items made by local artisans. Browse hand-made items like candles and paper crafts or sample some delicious food, like Chirashi Sushi or Mar Far Chicken.
Learn how to hunt and gather Matsutake mushrooms from the Japanese American Museum of Oregon. The annual Matsutake Hunt is designed for novices and takes place on the coast. Don’t forget to bring rain gear to keep you warm while walking through the forest.
OBT Holiday Craft Fair
Like the bazaar held in the fall, the Oregon Buddhist Temple hosts a Holiday Craft Fair where you can find the perfect handmade item for anyone on your list. Local artisans and crafters set up inside the historic temple, allowing shoppers a warm and dry shopping experience.
The Japanese American Museum of Oregon presents A Sense of Place: The Art of George Tsutakawa, a career-spanning exhibition of the influential Seattle artist’s paintings, sculptures, and fountain designs. Inspired by his life in the Pacific Northwest and his Japanese heritage, Tsutakawa (1910-1997) was fascinated with the natural forms and aesthetics he encountered in both…
The Oregon Buddhist Temple will be hosting the 8th Annual Holiday Craft Fair. A wide variety of artisans and crafters will be there to share their wonderful handmade goods at affordable prices. Come enjoy a fun day of shopping.
My People’s Market showcases local entrepreneurs and makers of color, connecting them with industry professionals and consumers.
Join in on the Portland Japanese Garden’s O-Shogatsu celebration. O-Shogatsu is a time of celebration for the start of a new year and hopes for happiness and prosperity to come. Portland Japanese Garden honors this special festival twice: once in appreciation for members only on New Year’s Day and then again on January 7, with…
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