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Southwest Front Avenue and Davis Street, Portland, OR 97204
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

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...More

Thank Dan W
Reviewed 12 October 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

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...More

Thank Leilehua
Reviewed 14 May 2017

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...More

Thank kahu808
Reviewed 20 November 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...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2016

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.

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Reviewed 18 March 2016

This plaza is a beautiful reflection of the strength and fortitude of the Americans of Japanese heritage who withstood and overcame the bigotry and mistreatment that took place during WWII. The plaza is as lyrical and understated as a true Japanese garden. There is a...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2015 via mobile

It's kinda a neat attraction. Right on the waters edge. Lot's of inspiring saying as you walk around. I'm glad I stumbled upon it.

Thank BaybiePowder
Reviewed 14 March 2015

The park is a memorial to the Japanese Americans who were relocated during WWII. When we visited in mid March the Cherry trees were in full bloom and they were spectacular to behold. We did not expect to see the blooms as we had read...More

Thank Mitch M
Reviewed 26 November 2014

This historical plaza is dedicated to Japanese Americans who were sent to concentration camps during World War II (still euphemistically called internment camps, or, even more benignly, relocation camps). We need reminders like this of such episodes from our history because, if we don't, then,...More

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