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-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- "Tom and Huck" (ddr-one-1-468)
Color slide of a Rose Festival Parade float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Noon Bag Company building. The float depicts Tom and Huckleberry Finn riding on a raft. Two boys are dressed up as the characters and wave to the crowd. The side of the float reads "University of ...
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet- Kitchen (ddr-one-1-428)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet- Kitchen (ddr-one-1-428)
Black and white photographic negative of women plating food in the kitchen of the Seattle Buddhist Church for the Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet. Behind the stove from right to left: Irene (Yamaguchi) Tatsuta, Betty Kurimoto Yamasaki, Noriko (Ichikawa) Kurashige, and May Matsumoto, others unidentified.
Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-66)
img Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-66)
Color slide of four unidentified women in yukatas or kimonos with Japanese straw hats performing Odori (traditional Japanese folk dance) at night.
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-34)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-34)
Original black and white photographic print of the bride, Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto, standing in front of the alter holding her bouquet.
Horse in stables (ddr-one-1-441)
img Horse in stables (ddr-one-1-441)
Color slide of a brown horse with a large white spot on its head inside a stable that surrounded by straw. According to donor processed on June 20, 1951.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 30
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 30 "Big Top" (ddr-one-1-146)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 30 driving down Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel and Cafe. The float has small opening in the front with the word "Enter" written in flowers and a small yellow sign next to it with the number 30 on it. A woman dressed in yellow ...
Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-70)
img Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-70)
Color slide of an unidentified woman in a pink kimono outside performing a Odori (a traditional Japanese folk dance) at night.
New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-83)
img New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-83)
Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified patron in the New Tokyo Bar sitting in a booth near two unidentified guitar players.
Reed College (ddr-one-1-356)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-356)
Black and white photographic negative of siblings Carlos Ogimi and Ayame Ogimi at Reed College, where they both attended school.
Cliff side (ddr-one-1-451)
img Cliff side (ddr-one-1-451)
Color slide of a mountain cliff side. According to donor processed on June 20, 1951.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-181)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-181)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in a line performing in front of a crowd. From left to right: Marjory "Marge" (Ando) Smith, Patricia “Pat” (Ikata) Iboshi, Loretta (Fujii) Kaneko, Joe Shiraishi, and Harue Akiyama. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-193)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-193)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in front of crowd. Obon dancers: second from left Mrs. Okayama, third from left Mr. Yoshihara, fourth from left Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba. Seated first from left is Mr. Maekawa. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade float- "A Garden of Eden" (ddr-one-1-508)
Color slide of a small Rose Festival Parade float with a pink ribbon on a yellow sign 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 a waterfall that is surrounded ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Women's Drum Corps (ddr-one-1-178)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Women's Drum Corps (ddr-one-1-178)
Color slide of drum majorettes in white uniforms leading an all female drum team in red and gray uniforms down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel and Cafe. The Blue Eagle Cafe is visible in the background. One woman is carrying a banner with writing that reads "Knights __ Girls Drum ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade Float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade Float- "Our Queen" (ddr-one-1-554)
Color slide of the Rose Festival Court float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside Blue Eagle Café on NW Second Ave. The princesses sit on the float and hold red roses, the Rose Festival Queen, Gloria Krieger, sits behind them in a chair of blue and pink flowers. The front of the ...
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couple seated (ddr-one-1-125)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couple seated (ddr-one-1-125)
Black and white photographic negative of couple sitting alone in a booth at the Third Annual Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. The couple is posing for the camera. Woman identified as Frances (Sono) Gale, man unidentified.
Obon Festival Crowd (ddr-one-1-279)
img Obon Festival Crowd (ddr-one-1-279)
Black and white photographic negative of crowd at Obon Festival. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Roses (ddr-one-1-525)
img Roses (ddr-one-1-525)
Color slide of red and pink rose bushes. Image was most likely taken at the Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. According to donor processed on June 14, 1964.
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-308)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-308)
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: Mr. Tsujimura, Dennis Kasubuchi, Masa Maekawa, Kojiro Yoshida, unidentified, and Ben Kasubuchi Jr. First row of audience: Josephine Kato, Minoru "Bob" Ando, Roberta Ando, and Sakae (Fujii) Ando. ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-288)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-288)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing an Odori folk dance at Obon. Second from the left in the front row: 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.
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-249)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-249)
Black and white photographic negative of Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai) Ota Okazaki smiling for the camera in front of crowd during 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.
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-282)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-282)
Black and white photographic negative of two unidentified women at Obon posing for the camera. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Young Buddhist League Convention Queen (ddr-one-1-25)
img Young Buddhist League Convention Queen (ddr-one-1-25)
Black and white photographic print of the Fourth Annual Northwest Young Buddhist League's Convection Queen: Mary (Nakata) Fujii of Portland, Oregon. She is dressed in a dark formal gown, wearing a jeweled tiara and velvet robe. The photograph was found in Frank Hirahara's memorabilia of his time in Portland.
Ladies Bowling Team- Oregon Nisei Bowling League Photo #4 (ddr-one-1-564)
img Ladies Bowling Team- Oregon Nisei Bowling League Photo #4 (ddr-one-1-564)
Black and white photographic negative of a Nisei women's bowling team. The team is posed on a staircase with monogrammed shirts. From left to right: Yoko (Hishikawa) Iwata, Takako Inukai, Toshi (Tamiyasu) Fukuhara, Kathleen Sasaki, and Sachi (Nakata) Nakashima. Original print ONLC 3430.
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-46)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-46)
Black and white photographic negative of organist and a singer standing in the choir's pews inside a church. Performance for the wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto.
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