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.

Returning home (875)

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Northwest Methodist Rally Portland (ddr-one-1-74)
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Original black and white photographic print of the attendees of the Northwest Methodist Rally in Portland on November 23-25, 1951. The group is posed in front of the old Epworth Methodist Church building. Inscription on photograph reads "Northwest Methodist Rally Portland Nov. 23-25, 1951". Front row left to right starting third from left: Rupert Fujii, Shig ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-291)
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Black and white photographic negative of Patricia “Pat” (Ikata) Iboshi dancing an Odori folk dance at Obon. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community..
Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-341)
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Black and white photographic negative of Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church most likely during the Northwest Methodist Rally. Nisei are gathered around a table filling out sheets of paper. Standing at the head of the table leaning over the table is Elsie (Morita) Onishi. Standing on the left side of the table, leaning over filling ...
Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1001-7-9)
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Thoughts on hardships faced by Japanese Americans returning to the West Coast after the war
Perry Dobashi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-jamsj-2-3-11)
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Returning home after the war, restarting the family business

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 27 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-27)
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Returning to San Jose before the West Coast was opened for Japanese Americans
Willie K. Ito Interview Segment 19 (ddr-manz-1-149-19)
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Returning to San Francisco and witnessing changes in the Japantown area
Junkoh Harui Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-11-17)
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Positive memories of returning to school on Bainbridge Island, Washington after leaving camp

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

May K. Sasaki Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-79-26)
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Returning to Seattle, finding temporary living quarters in the local "dojo"
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-155-17)
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The end of World War II: returning to Seattle, father's resolve to reopen the Japanese Baptist Church
Junkoh Harui Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-11-26)
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Lessons learned from rebuilding, the importance of honor, dignity, and family legacy

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-273-22)
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Returning to Wapato, observing changes in the Japanese American community

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department ...

Mako Nakagawa Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-66-21)
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Parents' struggles to reestablish their lives and find work
Mako Nakagawa Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-66-19)
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Parental discussions and anxiety surrounding where to go after leaving camp
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-98-24)
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Returning to Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington, arriving to a vandalized home and getting involved in the community again
Kay Matsuoka Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-48-40)
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Returning to Fresno, California, after the war: struggling with illness and making a living
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