Returning home

When the camps closed, Japanese Americans were handed $25 and put on trains headed for the places they had been forcibly removed from nearly four years earlier. Harassment was common -- many returning Japanese Americans were greeted with signs reading "No Japs Allowed." Other discovered their property had been vandalized or stolen. Homes and businesses that had been boarded up or left in the care of others were abandoned and stripped of furnishings and goods. For the majority, who did not have homes to return to, housing was the most serious problem. Housing discrimination was severe in many areas and persisted to varying degrees until the civil rights legislation of the 1960s. Former camp inmates with no other options moved into hostels and converted community institutions with conditions not much better than the camps they had just left. Although this period was stressful, it is remembered as a time when people came together to share what they had.

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Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 31
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 31 "Portland Traction" (ddr-one-1-516)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 31 driving down SW Third Ave in front of a large crowd gathered outside a Signal gas station and San Francisco Tailor, behind the Signal gas station is the old Multnomah Hotel. The float has three mermaids seated around the front of the float, and a man dressed as ...
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-22)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-22)
Black and white photographic negative of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Left to right: Grace (Ebihara) Akiyama, Betty Nakashimada, Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, Nami (Miura) Koida, Masae "Elsie" (Morita) Onishi, Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka, Betty Ishida, Elsie Okazaki, Agnes (Inouye) Kitayama, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Jean Matsumoto, and ...
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-297)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-297)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers rehearsing an Odori folk dance inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Dancers form two circles, leader of outer circle is Tomi Tsujimura, leader of inner circle is Harue Akiyama, the Odori dance teacher. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-198)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-198)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in front of a crowd with arms raised. Obon dancers: second from the left is Yori Tomita, third from the left is Tomi Tsujimura, fourth from the left is Noboru Takashima, fifth from the left is Shizuko "Shiz" (Ninomiya) Onishi, eighth from the left is Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai ...
Nisei women (ddr-one-1-426)
img Nisei women (ddr-one-1-426)
Black and white photographic negative of four unidentified Nisei women holding bags and notebooks and looking at the camera inside Seattle Buddhist Church.
Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Chigo Procession (ddr-one-1-67)
img Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Chigo Procession (ddr-one-1-67)
Color slide of two children in traditional Japanese costumes with gold headdresses. Children are carrying pink flowers and are part of a Chigo "Children's" procession past the US Custom's House in Northwest Portland. The children are followed by an unidentified Buddhist priest. From left to right: Joanne (Furukawa) Longfeldt and Joyce (Matsunaga) McMahon.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 27 (ddr-one-1-158)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 27 (ddr-one-1-158)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 27 pulled by two horses down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel. The sign for the Blue Eagle Cafe is visible in the background. The float is of a large wagon with orange, yellow, blue and white flowers. Five men in top hats ride ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 10
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 10 "Blowing Bubbles" (ddr-one-1-476)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 10 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Grant and Shoreline Hotels. The float is made of pink and white flowers with two female riders sitting and waving to the crowd. The side of the float reads "U.S. National Bank," the front reads ...
Nisei on stage (ddr-one-1-346)
img Nisei on stage (ddr-one-1-346)
Black and white photographic negative of four Nisei standing on a stage, two additional Nisei sitting to the side. The four standing Nisei are each holding an object- possibly performing some kind of skit. From left to right: Miriam (Koyama) Kiso, Eugene Hayashi, Rose Namba, Nami (Miura) Koida, Toyse "Toy" Muira, and Ko Tambara. This photograph ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 22
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 22 "Pacific Telephone" (ddr-one-1-488)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 22 driving down SW Third Ave in front of a large crowd gathered outside a Signal gas station and San Francisco Tailor, behind the Signal gas station is the old Multnomah Hotel. The float is made of red and black flowers, with two young girls dressed as a Native ...
Adelphons Group Photo (ddr-one-1-2)
img Adelphons Group Photo (ddr-one-1-2)
Black and white photographic negative of the Adelphons, a young women's service group of the Portland Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen's League, in formal attire. Back Row (left to right): Sumiko “Sue” (Kawasaki) Fujino, unidentified, Minnie (Oyama) Abe, Ochiyo (Nishioka) Hasuike, unidentified, Mary (Furusho) Iwasaki, Tamae "Butch" Yamamoto, Kathryn (Kawata) Niita, Irene (Kawata ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-197)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-197)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in front of a crowd with one arm raised. Obon dancers: second from the left dressed in a pattered kimono is Shiz (Fujita) Inaba, fourth from the left is Ben Kasubuchi, fifth from the left in back is Mary Yamaguchi. Obon is an annual event hosted by the ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-188)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-188)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in front of a large crowd on a hill. From left to right dancers in right hand line: Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, Shiz (Fujita) Inaba, Ben Kasubuchi, Eddie Tamiyasu, Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko (Matsuda) Sato. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 5
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 5 "Church Choir" (ddr-one-1-480)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 5 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside Bekins Storage, a sign for Edwards Furniture is visible in background. A church choir sits on a float made of white flowers with a open bible made of flowers that has the words "Holy Bible" written in ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 23
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 23 "Story Book Hour" (ddr-one-1-537)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 23 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Blue Eagle Café on the corner of NW Second Ave. The float has three children in white sitting on the float waving at the crowd. One woman in a white dress stands at the back of float ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-218)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-218)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing before a crowd. Obon dancers from left to right: fifth from the left is Shig Yuzuriha, seventh from the left is Nobyo Sato, ninth from the left is Hana Hanada. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade Float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade Float- "Catholic Organizations Dove of Peace" (ddr-one-1-493)
Color slide of the Catholic Organizations Dove of Peace float driving down SW Third Ave in front of a large crowd gathered outside a Signal gas station and San Francisco Tailor, behind the Signal gas station is the old Multnomah Hotel in the Portland Rose Festival Parade. On the float sit three visible women dressed in ...
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-385)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-385)
Black and white photographic negative of a group sitting around a picnic table eating food at a community picnic at Viking Park hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai) Ota Okazaki, Mura Kaga, Shoji Kiyomura, Nobyo Sato, and Hideo "Dates" Ouchida.
Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-399)
img Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-399)
Black and white photographic negative of Yoji Kiso (left) and Shig Tada (right) sitting in the sand at the Oregon Coast at a beach outing planned by the Sorrelles (a high school social group).
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-203)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-203)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in a partial circle in front of a crowd that circles around the dancers. Obon dancers inner circle starting from the right: Tomi Tsujimura, Patricia “Pat” (Ikata) Iboshi, Noboru Takashima, Shizuko "Shiz" (Ninomiya) Onishi, and others unidentified. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church ...
Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-68)
img Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-68)
Color slide of three people outside performing Odori (traditional Japanese folk dance) at night in traditional Japanese dress. On far right is Grace (Tachibana) Ishikawa.
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-419)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-419)
Black and white photographic negative of six women preparing the Northwest Buddhist Convention banquet dinner in the kitchen of the Seattle Buddhist Church. From left to right: Kiyo (Ishikawa) Harada, May Matsumoto, Noriko (Ichikawa) Kurashige, Betty Kurimoto Yamasaki, and Irene (Yamauchi) Tatsuta.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 14
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 14 "To the Ball Game" (ddr-one-1-546)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 14 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Blue Eagle Café on the corner of NW Second Ave. The float is of a streetcar decorated in white, yellow and purple flowers. A conductor drives the streetcar while passengers sit inside the streetcar. The front of ...
Roses (ddr-one-1-540)
img Roses (ddr-one-1-540)
Color slide of pink rose bushes, most likely at Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. According to donor processed on June 14, 1964.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Queen and Court (ddr-one-1-168)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Queen and Court (ddr-one-1-168)
Color slide of the Rose Festival Queen, Dorothy Anderle and her Rose Festival Court on a white and red float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside W.L. Reid Company Building Hardware Specialties. Three Royal Rosarians in white suits are visible and escort the float. The Rose Festival Parade is an annual ...
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