Henry Sakamoto was born in Portland in 1927. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Oregon in 1951. He spent thirty-two years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture managing and marketing government grain inventories in the seven western states. Following his retirement, he worked for the Oregon Wheat Commission assisting farmers in marketing their wheat inventories. He was also a consultant to the wheat industry. Sakamoto is vice president of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, president of the Japanese Ancestral Society, and past commander of the Oregon Nisei Veterans.
Japanese American Historical Plaza (Portland)
Using thirteen engraved stones of basalt and granite, the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Portland tells an important story of the Japanese in Oregon. Landscape architect Robert Murase created the theme and design of the plaza to tell the story of the hardships suffered by Japanese immigrants and the …
Japantown, Portland (Nihonmachi)
Portland's Japantown, or Nihonmachi, is popularly described as having existed before World War II in the area known today as Old Town-Chinatown, between Northwest Broadway and the Willamette River. It is not widely known that Southwest Portland had a Japantown, too. Those borders were the Willamette River on …