Japanese American Historical Plaza

Japanese American Historical Plaza

Japanese American Historical Plaza
4.5
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
The Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial was created to raise greater public awareness about the diversity of cultural experiences in America. The Japanese American experience is a unique story that evokes a deep appreciation of the freedoms granted to all Americans by their Bill of Rights. The Plaza is well known for its Akebono cherry blossom trees that bloom every spring.
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Neighbourhood: Old Town - Chinatown
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  • Union Station • 10 min walk
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TLDawson
Surrey, Canada225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
I have been searching on things to do in Portland and this plaza made it on my list. I like to walk along the waterfront. Just make sure you are not walking by yourself when it gets dark.
Written 26 October 2019
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Buddy R
Rogers, AR36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The rocks with the words of displaced American Japanese emphasize the humanity of the victims of this political decision. Perhaps considering the enormity of the moment--the attack on Pearl Harbor and the nation moving to war--we can acknowledge that doing the right thing would have been extraordinarily difficult. But finally, the government did not do the right thing and the Supreme Court permitted it. The hurt and betrayal experienced by American Japanese families is beautifully conveyed by the sculpture at the entrance.

It doesn't take long to visit the plaza and "see" it all. But it bears a longer and more contemplative stay.
Written 3 September 2019
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rodrigoelp
Sydney, Australia261 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
This plaza is for those seeking the history of Portland. The design and architecture of the plaza is inspiring and the series of Japanese trees are inspiring. I do recommend you to take a moment to read some of the stones or take a seat, it is truly rewarding.

As a tourist, you will find a bit of relaxation, some history and a bit of sun (as I recommend you to come either early in the morning or late, close to sunset). I really like the plaza with some minor inconvenience:

- No bubbler around (drinking water fountains). In July, you will find yourself trying to get a drink as the sun becomes pretty intense and the city warmer on the side of uncomfortable. Given this plaza is meant to give you the sense of relaxation and meditation, it should allow you to grab something to drink on the go.

- Way too many homeless. I know this one is very insensitive and not unique to Portland (nor this square); the US has grown increasingly inefficient to provide for its people and I lost count of the number of people I saw sleeping on cardboard or dirty sleeping bags. I came a bit late on the second day of my stay just to find the square completely filled with people, many of which start begging for some coins as you go past. I had a bit of a jump as I was not expecting this but the government should try to address this problem.
Written 5 January 2019
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Rose Martinez
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
This was a remarkable and historical experience that only someone who has been there in person can really explain how impactful it is visiting this site. It’s very informative history that everyone should know about because it is showcasing the historical moments that Japanese people endured during one of the most important wars which was World War II. This site really explains the most important parts of how it was during that period of history for Japanese immigrants.
Written 25 November 2018
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,930 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
A feature of Portland's waterfront park, the Japanese American Historical Plaza recognizes and commemorates the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. In the spring it is the site of beautiful cherry blossoms, not to be missed. You can get a good view here or also on the nearby Broadway Bridge. Landscape architect Robert Murase fashioned a powerful statement within part of Waterfront Park by locating granite markers inscribed with haiku that reference different aspects of the historical experience of Japanese Americans. I recommend this to any visitor (and also residents) who wish to spend time, by the river, and learn a bit about history as well as enjoy nature!
Written 10 June 2018
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988abbottc
Portland, OR13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Solo
Portland's Japanese American Historical Plaza recognizes and commemorates the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Landscape architect Robert Murase fashioned a powerful statement within part of Waterfront Park by locating granite markers inscribed with haiku that reference different aspects of the historical experience of Japanese Americans. It is easy to pass by if you are jogging or biking along the waterfront, but stop and take a closer look.
Written 12 October 2017
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Leilehua
Oahu, HI66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Reading the poems inscribed on the basalt and granite stones reinforced the sadness and admiration I have for the Japanese Americans who were wrongfully incarcerated, and grateful for the freedom I have today. Located at the northern end of Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Be aware of your surroundings just north of this area. I was startled by a homeless man who suddenly approached and spoke to me in an inappropriate way while I was taking pictures of the river.
Written 17 August 2017
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kahu808
Maui123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Walking along the riverbank you won't even realize that it's a Memorial. Overnight the Japanese community in Portland were removed from the west coast and sent Inland to desolate internment camps. You can find additional information at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center just two blocks up at 121 NW 2nd Ave.
Written 14 May 2017
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H K
New York46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016
An inspiring rock garden right by the Willamette River, with stones full of haikus in English and Japanese. Though now a home for the homeless, so you have to weave past them so you can read them. Still inspiring and an important reminder that the internment of Americans should never happen to anyone of color, race, or religion. And don't forget to visit the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center west of the monument.
Written 19 November 2016
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
The park dedicated to those Japanese-Americans who were interred at concentration camps, located mainly in the western United States, and to those Nisei who served with much valor during WWII. Peaceful, serene; a place for contemplation, located along the banks of the Willamette River.
Written 9 October 2016
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