Behind the Museum Cafe : Gallery Space

welcome to the Behind the Museum Cafe

Gallery Space

ehind the Museum Café offers free gallery space to artists who specialize in Japanese art and culture. We feel it is important that everyone is able to enjoy the arts in life. We would like to help initiate and support relations between artists and cafe customers. We hope that our cafe can provide the grounds for these future meetings.

We will offer cultural events like Tea ceremony (Sa do), Incense Ceremony (Ko do), Flower Arrangement (Ikebana) and Calligraphy (Sho do) to introduce the beauty and sensitivity of Japanese culture. We hope you will join us, have a cup of coffee or tea, eat a fresh pastry or sandwich, and enjoy the works on display in the gallery.

Please contact us if you are interested in our gallery space.
Behind the Museum Cafe Gallery Space

Nishiura Style
Calligraphy & Flower Arrangement Class in October

According Japanese Garden event, Kihachiro Nishiura couldn't decided his classes for a while but now he decided to make classes in October.Calligraphy at his warehouse and Flower arrangement at our cafe!

Calligraphy class will be on the 21st at 9 am
at 3826 NE Glisan St. Portland, $25 per class

Flower arrangement will be on the 25th at 3:30 – 5:00 pm
at Behind the Museum Café, $35 including flowers

For specific questions about the classes or more information, please email at

Japanese Woodblock Prints
Art from the Edo Period

We are exhibiting and selling selected Woodblock Prints in September and October at Behind the Museum Cafe.
The prints were made in the 19th and 20th Century during the end of the Edo era.They are available in sets of 3 pieces by various well-known artists, all in very good condition, for $600 per set.

Created with Heart and Hope from Tohoku

OCICA necklaces and earrings are handmade from deer antlers and fishing net threads by the mothers of the Ishinomaki community.

Ishinomaki is one of the towns that was hit hardest by the great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011.

These have been made with great care and most importantly, with hope that keeps these tsunami-devastated communities together.

Learn more about this project at
[ English ]

[ Japanese ]

Book: $15
Necklaces: $28
Earrings: $48



Takako Kawano
Atsuko Rothberg
Harumi Ishii
Yoko Krueger
Akiko West
Kathryn Matsuura
Sandy Kangas
Juliet Moran
Setsuko Gion


Peter Zisa & Yukiko Vossen


"Kokeshi " by Mingei