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 (820)

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Portland Rose Festival Parade- Victoria Girl's Drill Corps (ddr-one-1-145)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Victoria Girl's Drill Corps (ddr-one-1-145)
Color slide of all girl's drill corps team from Victoria marching in the Rose Festival Parade down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Riverside Hotel and Cafe. An advertisement for Chevrolet is visible in the background on the side of the Portland Commons Annex. The women are dressed in white uniforms with ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-285)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-285)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in flower hats performing an Odori folk dance at Obon. Woman in center of image is identified as Masano Hachiya Yamasaki. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 45
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 45 "Pendleton Roundup" (ddr-one-1-157)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 45 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Shoreline Hotel, Anchor Inn, and Sailors Union of the Pacific. On the side of the float is an image of a bronco rider with a caption "let 'em buck." Five women ride on the float, four ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-263)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-263)
Black and white photographic negative of Grace (Sakano) Robbs dancing 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.
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-31)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-31)
Original black and white photographic print of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto's wedding taken from above and behind. Negative ONLC 2815. (ddr-one-1-42)
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-311)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-311)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers rehearsing an Odori folk dance in front of a small audience inside Norse Hall. Obon dancers from left to right: Shig Yuzuriha, Shig Oka, Hiro Okayama, unidentified, and Arthur Ojiro “Art” Sasaki. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist ...
Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Procession (ddr-one-1-49)
img Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Procession (ddr-one-1-49)
Color slide of procession in front of the US Customs House in Northwest Portland. Women in brightly colored kimonos or yukatas form two lines. Followed by four more women in somber colored kimonos or yukatas. Procession from left to right: Betty Nakashimada, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Jean Matsumoto, Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, Aki (Shiraishi) Dong ...
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-313)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-313)
Black and white photographic negative of two Obon dancers in costume. From left to right: Joyce (Sasaki) Olsen and Susanne Mineko (Sasaki) Myers. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-215)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-215)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing before a crowd. Obon dancers from left to right: Susanne Mineko (Sasaki) Myer, Susan Shizuko (Yoshida) Kurimoto, Mrs. Okayama, unidentified, Mary Yamaguchi, Jean (Tsujimura) Takashima, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Noburo Takashima, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, remaining dancer unidentified. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Margaret Whiting and Marching Band (ddr-one-1-173)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Margaret Whiting and Marching Band (ddr-one-1-173)
Color slide of a car with a female passenger in a fur coat and sign reading "Margaret Whiting". The car is followed by a marching band in green uniforms and three baton twirlers in white uniforms marching the Portland Rose Festival Parade. They are traveling down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Riverfront ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 9
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 9 "Central Labor Council" (ddr-one-1-500)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 9 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 eight visible women in gowns sitting around the float. Two men in dark suits ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 6
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 6 "Nursery Land" (ddr-one-1-479)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 6 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside Bekins Storage, a sign for Edwards Furniture is visible in background. On the float is large numbered letter blocks and a teddy bear. Women sit on the corners of the float, one waving a red ribbon. A ...
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-376)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-376)
Black and white photographic negative of Nisei playing cards at a community picnic at Viking Park hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: Alfred Tsutomu Ando, and Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida.
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-284)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-284)
Black and white photographic negative of Kaoru Funatake smiling for the camera 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..
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 17
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 17 "Dreamland" (ddr-one-1-550)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 17 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside Blue Eagle Café on the corner of NW Second Ave. A woman in a white dress stands surrounded in pink flowers that make fairy wings. A young boy is seated next to her. The front of the float ...
Obon Festival Dancers (ddr-one-1-75)
img Obon Festival Dancers (ddr-one-1-75)
Black and white photographic print of three Japanese American women posing in costumes used to dance during Obon. Women are holding "tenugui" (towels used in the traditional Japanese folk dance "Odori"). From left to right: Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, Atsuko "Alice" (Ando) Matsumoto, Atsuko "Alice" Kida. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist ...
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-306)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-306)
Black and white photographic negative of small audience watching the Obon dance rehearsal inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Obon Festival- Children dancers (ddr-one-1-262)
img Obon Festival- Children dancers (ddr-one-1-262)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified young Obon dancers sitting on grass in front of photographers. One girl appears to be eating a snack. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-293)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-293)
Black and white photographic negative of two Obon dancers holding "uchiwa" (fan) and smiling for the camera indoors. From left to right: Kuni Kitayama and Chiyoko Yoshihara. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-234)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-234)
Black and white photographic negative of Harue Akiyama, the Obon dance instructor, posing for camera wearing straw hat. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community. This image was taken at Holladay Park in Portland, Oregon.
Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-412)
img Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-412)
Black and white photographic negative of Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando speaking to a large seated audience, inside the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple) at Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration).
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 40
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 40 "Mother Goose" (ddr-one-1-461)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 40 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Shoreline Hotel and Anchor Inn. In the background the sign for the Blue Eagle Cafe is visible. The float depicts the story "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe." Children are on the front of ...
Mas Hashimoto Interview Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1015-7-27)
vh Mas Hashimoto Interview Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1015-7-27)
Mixed reactions from community members upon return of Japanese Americans
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