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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Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-326)
img Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-326)
Black and white photographic negative of Nisei women at Epworth United Methodist Church rolling up newspapers, possibly during the Northwest Methodist Rally. From left to right: Martha (Kondo) Miyasaki, Miriam (Koyama) Kiso, Grace (Sakano) Robbs, Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, unidentified, and Masae "Elsie" (Morita) Onishi. For print please see ONLC 3145 (ddr-one-1-327).
Northwest Methodist Rally Portland (ddr-one-1-324)
img Northwest Methodist Rally Portland (ddr-one-1-324)
Black and white photographic negative of the attendees of the Northwest Methodist Rally in Portland on November 23-25, 1951. Inscription on photograph reads "Northwest methodis Rally Portland Nov. 23-". The group is posed in front of the old Epworth Methodist Church building. Front row left to right starting third from left: Rupert Fujii, Shig Tada, and ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 37
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 37 "U.S. National Bank" (ddr-one-1-174)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 37 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel, Anchor Inn, and Sailors Union of the Pacific. The float is orange and red with a gray elephant made of flowers standing on its hind legs. Five women ride on the float holding yellow flowers ...
Dance (ddr-one-1-104)
img Dance (ddr-one-1-104)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified couples sitting along a wall at a dance. Second person sitting on the bench from the left is Ruby (Takashima) Sumino, two from her is James "Jim" Kasuo "Kaz" Tsujimura.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-289)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-289)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing an Odori folk dance at Obon. From left to right: Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, Nami (Miura) Koida, Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, unidentified, Yachiyo Morita, and Sakae Kobayashi. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by ...
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-229)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-229)
Black and white photographic negative of three Obon dancers posing for the camera. From left to right: Grace Mieko (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Kathleen “Kathie” Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, and Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida. 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 ...
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet- Kitchen (ddr-one-1-425)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet- Kitchen (ddr-one-1-425)
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, and Noriko (Ichikawa) Kurashige.
Reed College (ddr-one-1-353)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-353)
Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi leaning against a railing posing for the camera. This photographic negative was taken at Reed College where Ayame was a student.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 11
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 11 "Hiawatha" (ddr-one-1-498)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 11 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 of pink, white and blue flowers making a river and canoe. Inside the canoe are ...
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-437)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-437)
Black and white photographic print of two Obon dancers in costume, Mrs. Okayama is holding an "uchiwa" (fan), Yukiye Itoyama is holding a "tenugui" (light cotton towel). Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community. Negative ONLC 3131 (ddr-one-1-312).
Wedding Reception Dance at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (ddr-one-1-95)
img Wedding Reception Dance at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (ddr-one-1-95)
Black and white photographic negative of a possible wedding reception dance at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association's main hall. Band playing the dance is the Jay Howard Band.
Roses (ddr-one-1-523)
img Roses (ddr-one-1-523)
Color slide of a side of a hill covered in pink and red 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-1-304)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-304)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers practicing an Odori folk dance inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. First Obon dancer from the left is identified as Yukiye Itoyama. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Dance (ddr-one-1-103)
img Dance (ddr-one-1-103)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified couples sitting on a long bench along the wall at a dance.
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Penny pitch (ddr-one-1-89)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Penny pitch (ddr-one-1-89)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). Young men pitching pennies. Left to right: Ko Hirata, Thomas "Tom" Fujita, Ko Tambara, Frank Furukawa Jr.
Yellow Sedan (ddr-one-1-177)
img Yellow Sedan (ddr-one-1-177)
Color slide of a yellow 1950 Studebaker Champion two door sedan with white wall tires and an unknown male driver.
Pelican (ddr-one-1-542)
img Pelican (ddr-one-1-542)
Color slide of a pelican perched on a rock. Image was most likely at the Portland Zoo in Washington Park (later moved to its current location from what is now the Japanese Gardans and renamed Oregon Zoo). According to donor processed on June 14, 1964.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 13
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 13 "Buried Treasure" (ddr-one-1-496)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 13 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 yellow flowers, with an open treasure chest. Three women ride on the ...
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- First Place Women's Team (ddr-one-1-116)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- First Place Women's Team (ddr-one-1-116)
Black and white photographic negative of the first place women's team at the Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. From left to right: Toshi (Tamiyasu) Fukuhara, Sachi (Nakata) Nakashima, Kathleen Sasaki, Kimi Tambara, and Florence “Flo” (Anazawa) Teshima. Sitting inside a booth on the far left ...
Wedding Reception Dance at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (ddr-one-1-96)
img Wedding Reception Dance at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (ddr-one-1-96)
Black and white photographic negative of a possible wedding reception dance at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association's main hall. Attendees sit along the wall chatting with other guests.
Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-73)
img Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-73)
Color slide of unidentified Japanese Americans outside performing a Odori (traditional Japanese folk dance) at night.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-12)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-12)
Black and white photographic negative of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Back Row (left to right): Elsie Okazaki, Anges (Inouye) Kitayama, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, Atsuko “Alice” (Matsumoto) Ando, Nami (Miura) Koida, Kimi Wakabayashi, Grace Mieko (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Masae “Elsie” (Morita) Onishi, and Betty Nakashimada. Middle Row (left to right): Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Kathleen ...
Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Chigo Procession (ddr-one-1-53)
img Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Chigo Procession (ddr-one-1-53)
Color slide of Chigo "children's" procession past the US Custom House building in Northwest Portland. Children carry flowers and are accompanied by Buddhist ministers in black or white robes. Adults from left to right: Bishop Daiyu Y. Henjyoji, unidentified, Reverend Shoko Masunaga from Seattle and Reverend Eiyu Terao from Spokane. Children from left to right ...
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).
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)
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