Japanese-American Historical Plaza

Three large stones mark the entrance to this paved riverside plaza commemorating a tragic episode in American history. The Japanese pioneers who arrived in Portland between 1880-1924 lived in Nihonmachi (Japan Town), a neighborhood located a few blocks north of here. In 1942, victims of wartime hysteria, they and all Japanese-Americans on the West Coast were ordered to leave their homes; over 110,000 Japanese-Americans (2,617 from the Portland area) spent the next three years in internment camps. Short, poignant poems relating to their experiences in the camps are engraved on stones in a raised earthen bank planted with cherry trees.

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Address:

2 Northwest Naito Parkway. Portland

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