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Nobi’s Night Out in Nihonmachi

October 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Nobi’s Night Out in Nihonmachi:
A 1920s Fundraiser for the
Japanese American Museum of Oregon

In honor of Beloved Community Auntie, Nobi Masuoka

Friday, October 13, 6-9 pm

220 Building (NW 2nd and Davis)
220 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Tickets: $100 per person. Space is limited—don’t miss out!

Register Here

Refreshments and Heavy Hors D’oeuvres • Opportunities for gambling, games, and raffle prizes
1920s fashions encouraged! Scroll down for inspiration.

Each ticket gives you access to the event, appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, one raffle ticket, and Nihonmachi Bucks (not real money) to use at the casino tables or trade in for more raffle tickets. Additional Nihonmachi Bucks and raffle tickets can be purchased at the event. The no host bar will feature era-inspired cocktails for your drinking pleasure.

What to wear:
1920s Fashion encouraged. Free photobooth with printed and digital photos! Scroll down for style inspiration.

Where to park: 
The SmartPark garage on NW Davis between Naito Parkway and NW 1st is 1 block from the venue. The address for the parking garage is 33 NW Davis. There is also street parking in front of the venue on 2nd and in the neighborhood.

How to enter the venue:
The front entrance to the 220 Building is on NW 2nd between Davis and Everett. The rear door near the MAX station will not be accessible.

How will the Casino work?
For people who purchased tickets, you will receive a raffle ticket and 200 “Nihonmachi Bucks” (play money) to use at the casino tables when you check in. When you are done at the tables, your Nihonmachi Bucks can then be traded for more raffle tickets. You will have the opportunity to purchase more Nihonmachi Bucks to use at the tables or just straight raffle tickets at the event. The exchange rate is: $20 = 200 Nihonmachi Bucks = 1 raffle ticket.

What are we raising money for?

Thank you for continuing to honor and preserve the culture and history of Japanese Americans in Oregon! We have several special opportunities this year:

Free First Sundays
JAMO is looking for at least 12 donors to sponsor a free day each month at $1000. With this donation, we will advertise that the day is sponsored by the individual/family. This is an opportunity to guarantee access to the museum for all.

Sponsor a class to visit JAMO
JAMO is looking for donors to sponsor classes from across the area to visit the museum, increasing access for students who will carry this history with them into the future. This $500 sponsorship includes bus fare and admission fees for one class to visit the museum. Schools would be able to apply for this bus fund program through our education department.

Sponsoring the general funds
JAMO is seeking unrestricted funds to help support other projects and programs like temporary exhibitions, educational programs, teacher workshops, and facilities related upgrades.

Spin the wheel, roll the dice, play your hand—at Nobi’s Night Out, try your luck at the casino for your chance to win over 30 fabulous prizes! When you buy a ticket to the event, you get $200 in “Nihonmachi Bucks” for the casino tables. You can then trade in your winnings for raffle tickets. More Nihonmachi Bucks = more chances to win prizes!

We are excited to announce the fabulous raffle prizes that have been coming in from generous local businesses! Prizes include:

Breathtaking Hot Air Balloon ride for two courtesy of Portland Rose Balloons

Three-night stay at the Zig Zag Zen Retreat in Rhododendron

Hundreds of dollars in gift certificates to the annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar

Hotel stays at the Portland Paramount, Mark Spencer Hotel, and Hotel Lucia

$500 to spend at Mario’s Boutique

Dinner out at Ohana Hawaiian Café, Sunny Han’s Wok and Grill, Southpark Seafood

Painting class with artist Bonnie Junell

Artwork! Wine! And more!

NEW! Here’s another reason to get “dolled” up for this party: there will be a 1920s-themed photobooth on-site! Get a printed and digital photo for free with purchase of your ticket.


Images above, clockwise from top left: Gift of Joni Kimoto; Gift of Judy Murakami; Gift of Reynold Lee; Gift of Judy Murakami; Gift of Tom and Tomie Takeuchi.

Invitation cover image: Ruth Nomura in Portland, Oregon, circa 1927. Gift of Judy Murakami.


October 13, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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