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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Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-395)
img Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-395)
Black and white photographic negative of Tom Fujii (left) and Shig Tada (right) sitting on Yoji Kiso at the Oregon Coast at a beach outing planned by the Sorrelles (a high school social group). Aki (Shiraishi) Dong is laying in the sand next to Yoji Kiso.
Valentine's Day potluck at Oregon Buddhist Church (ddr-one-1-56)
img Valentine's Day potluck at Oregon Buddhist Church (ddr-one-1-56)
Color slide of two men sitting at table inside the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) at a Valentine's day potluck celebration. From left to right: Jack Yasutome and Jack Ouchida.
Laying at the Oregon Coast (ddr-one-1-55)
img Laying at the Oregon Coast (ddr-one-1-55)
Color slide of two women laying on a towel at the Oregon Coast. On the left is May (Ebihara) Gelfand.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 34
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 34 "Hawthorne Boosters" (ddr-one-1-166)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 34 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel. The float has a small carousel made of flowers with two women riding on carousel horses. Two additional women ride sitting on the front of the float. A man in a blue uniform and black …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 43
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 43 "Happy Elves" (ddr-one-1-458)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 43 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Shoreline Hotel, Anchor Inn, and Sailors Union of the Pacific. The float is of a green and pink bloomed flower with three riders sitting on top of the float dressed as elves in teal costumes, waving …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 26
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 26 "Junior Court" (ddr-one-1-150)
Color slide of Portland Rose Festival Parade float 26 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered in front of Shoreline Hotel on the corner of NW Second Ave and W Burnside. The float carries the Rose Festival Junior Court. The court is riding on a carriage made of yellow flowers that is lead …
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-416)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-416)
Black and white photographic negative of guests at the Northwest Buddhist Convention banquet dinner in the basement of the Seattle Buddhist Church. Standing is Ted "Tetsuo" Tamaki talking to Kiku (Fujita) Morita.
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet- Kitchen (ddr-one-1-429)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet- Kitchen (ddr-one-1-429)
Black and white photographic negative of three women and one girl in the kitchen of the Seattle Buddhist Church. Woman on right identified as Kiyo Harada.
Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-65)
img Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-65)
Color slide of two women in kimonos or yukatas, outside performing Odori (traditional Japanese folk dance) at night. From left to right: Grace (Tachibana) Ishikawa and Ruth Saito.
Northwest Methodist Rally Portland (ddr-one-1-319)
img Northwest Methodist Rally Portland (ddr-one-1-319)
Black and white group photographic negative of the attendees of the Northwest Methodist Rally in Portland on November 23-25, 1951. Inscription on negative reads "Northwest Methodist Rally Portland Nov. 23-25, 1951." The group is posed in front of old Epworth Methodist Church building. Front row left to right starting third from left: Rupert Fujii, Shig Tada, …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 47
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 47 "Neptune's daughters" (ddr-one-1-507)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 47 being pulled by a cream color convertible with white wall tires in front of a crowd in front of a Signal gas station and San Francisco Tailor on SW Third Ave. The float reads "Marine day tomorrow" and "Neptune's daughters." A small yellow sign is visible above "Neptune's …
Portland Rose Festival Parade Float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade Float- "Cosmo-Carnival" (ddr-one-1-138)
Color slide of a Rose Festival Parade float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel on the corner of NW 2nd Ave and W Burnside. Signs for the Blue Eagle Cafe, Dr. Geo Chan, Chinese Medicine Company and Drugs visible in the background along W Burnside between NW 2nd and …
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-302)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-302)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers practicing an Odori folk dance inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Some dancers wear straw hats. Dancers from left to right: unidentified, unidentified, Dennis Kasubuchi, Mr. Tsujimura, unidentified, and Toraichi Kobayashi. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) …
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-307)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-307)
Black and white photographic negative of small audience watching the Obon dance rehearsal inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Spectators can be seen in balcony. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Methodist Banquet (ddr-one-1-348)
img Methodist Banquet (ddr-one-1-348)
Black and white photographic negative of a banquet inside a church. Guest are seated in pews around tables. Man standing on far right with tray is Kenji Onishi. Seated at table in foreground facing the camera is: Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, unidentified, and Lew Tomita, looking at Kenji Onishi from foreground table is George Nakata. The …
Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-51)
img Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-51)
Color slide of two women in kimonos or yukatas, outside performing a Odori (a Japanese folk dance) at night. Woman on left identified as Ruth Saito.
Reed College (ddr-one-1-368)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-368)
Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi playing ukulele for two unidentified friends in her dorm room at Reed College. Original print ONLC 3184 (ddr-one-1-366)
Reed College (ddr-one-1-366)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-366)
Black and white photographic print of Ayame Ogimi playing ukulele for two unidentified friends in her dorm room at Reed College. Negative ONLC 3186 (ddr-one-1-368).
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 5 (ddr-one-1-551)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 5 (ddr-one-1-551)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 5 driving down W Burnside between Chinese Medicine Co and Blue Eagle Café on NW Second Ave. The float depicts a large fountain made of yellow flowers with pink flowers depicting the water. Four women in yellow and blue dresses sit around the float, one is holding a purple …
Obon Festival- Obon dancers (ddr-one-1-211)
img Obon Festival- Obon dancers (ddr-one-1-211)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers waving small Japanese and American flags for the camera in front of a crowd. From left to right: Kuni Kitayama, Chieko Yoshihara, Sakae Kobayashi, Hisano Sakamoto, Kaoru Funatake. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by …
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet- Dining Room set-up (ddr-one-1-427)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet- Dining Room set-up (ddr-one-1-427)
Black and white photographic negative of two unidentified women setting banquet tables in the basement of the Seattle Buddhist Church for the Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet. Striped flag and a flag with the Wheel of Dharma are visible hanging in the background.
Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-72)
img Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-72)
Color slide of two women posing in kimonos and straw hats at Odori (traditional Japanese folk dance). From left to right: Ruth Saito and Grace (Tachibana) Ishikawa.
Lecture (ddr-one-1-329)
img Lecture (ddr-one-1-329)
An unidentified speaker in front of a seated crowd. Front row far left is Paul Hagiya. Back row left to right: Lillian (Niimi) Mikariya, unidentified, Tats Kumasaka, Jim Ozawa, and unidentified.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 20
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 20 "Concert in the Park" (ddr-one-1-539)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 20 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside Blue Eagle Café on NW Second Ave. On the float is a large gazebo made of yellow, red and white flowers; inside sits a band in red uniforms, the conductor wears yellow. Two women sit outside the …
Portland Rose Festival Parade float- Chamber of Commerce (ddr-one-1-504)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade float- Chamber of Commerce (ddr-one-1-504)
Color slide of the back of the Chamber of Commerce float driving down SW Third Ave in front of a large crowd outside a drug store in the Portland Rose Festival Parade. Eight women in pink gowns sit on the float, seven in front and one on top in the back with a large white cape- …
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