Historic Old Town hotel set to be demolished

The historic Yamaguchi Hotel dates back centuries and was a staple for the Japanese American community. It’s been vacant for years and was deemed unsafe by the city.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A historic hotel in Old Town that was a landmark for the Japanese-American community in Portland is set to be demolished. 

The Yamaguchi Hotel was built in the late 1800’s in what was known as “Japantown”. It was owned and operated by Japanese-American immigrants. The Yamaguchi family managed the hotel in the upper floors from 1921-1941. 

Chisao Hata is the creative director of the Living Arts program at the Japanese American Museum of

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