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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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 ...
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)
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 ...
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 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 ...
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-316)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-316)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers rehearsing an Odori folk dance inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Dancers from left to right: Betty Nakashimada, Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, Mabel (Maekawa) Ota, Carol (Takeda) Smith, unidentified, Tomi Tsujimura, Susan Shizuko (Yoshida) Kurimoto. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as ...
Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar- Card Darts (ddr-one-1-109)
img Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar- Card Darts (ddr-one-1-109)
Black and white photographic negative of young boys gathered around a card dart booth at the Oregon Buddhist Church's Annual Lotus Bazaar. Man running game on the right side is identified as Harry Nakamura. The Oregon Buddhist Church is now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple. For print please see ONLC 4944 (ddr-one-1-715).
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-44)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-44)
Black and white photographic negative of bride and groom, Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto and Sam Sakamoto, in front of the alter, bride's train twisted and on the stairs. Original print ONLC 2806 (ddr-one-1-33).
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.
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-413)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-413)
Black and white photographic negative of the head table at the Northwest Buddhist Convention banquet dinner in the Seattle Buddhist Church's basement. From left to right: Reverend Tatsuya Ichikawa (from Seattle, Washington), Reverend Eiyu Terao (from Spokane, Washington), Reverend Shinjo Ikuta (from Vancouver, British Columbia), Reverend Tesshin Shibata (from White River, Washington), Reverend Akira Jotetsu ...
Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-336)
img Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-336)
Black and white photographic negative of three unidentified women outside Collin's Field House in Seattle, Washington for a Buddhist convention. George Oba is coming up from behind the women. Woman on the far right is holding a program with the date Feb 29- Mar 2, 1952 written on the cover.
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-390)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-390)
Black and white photographic negative of three women, two standing one sitting, in front of a picnic table smiling for the camera at a community picnic at Viking Park hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: Mary (Nakata) Fujii, Mrs. Nakata, and Yukiye Itoyama.
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-314)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-314)
Black and white photographic negative of Susan Shizuko (Yoshida) Kurimoto posing with 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.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 35
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 35 "Portland Fire Department" (ddr-one-1-165)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 35 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel and Anchor Inn. The float is made of pink and red flowers, a seal made of red flowers sits on top of the float, a man leans out of the float's window waving at ...
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couples seated (ddr-one-1-126)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couples seated (ddr-one-1-126)
Black and white photographic negative of couples sitting in booth around two tables at the Third Annual Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. Both couples are posing for the camera. Left to right: Barbara Sono Uyesugi, Koji Sono, Molly (Yamase) Sono and Tom Sono.
Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-50)
img Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-50)
Color slide of four unidentified women and one unidentified man in kimonos or yukatas, outside performing a Odori (a Japanese folk dance) at night.
Dance (ddr-one-1-100)
img Dance (ddr-one-1-100)
Black and white photographic negative of couples dancing together at an informal dance, possibly a Sorelles (a high school social group) event. Women seated along wall from left to right: Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, May (Ebihara) Gelfand, Betty Ishida, Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida, and Loretta (Fujii) Kaneko. Dancing on the far left is Betty Nakashimada and ...
Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration  Procession (ddr-one-1-54)
img Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Procession (ddr-one-1-54)
Color slide of procession past US Custom House in Northwest Portland of women in kimonos or yukatas and men in dark suits. They are followed by Gene Sugimura carrying a purple banner with gold trim and the white emblem of the Wheel of Dharma in the center. From left to right: Janice (Matsunaga) Okamoto, Patricia “Pat ...
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couples seated (ddr-one-1-120)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couples seated (ddr-one-1-120)
Black and white photographic negative of couples sitting around two tables at the Third Annual Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. The couples are chatting and drinking, one of the bottles has a 7-up label. Couple in the center identified as Lillian (Wong) Okazaki and Mino Okazaki. Woman in front ...
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-421)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-421)
Black and white photographic negative of guests at the Northwest Buddhist Convention banquet dinner in the basement of the Seattle Buddhist Church. Flag with the Wheel of Dharma is visible in hanging in the background. Sitting second from the left at table in foreground: Sumiye (Fukei) Kato, others unidentified.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-200)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-200)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified Obon dancers performing in front of a crowd seated on benches. Paper lanterns visible above. 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.
Portland Rose Festival Parade Float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade Float- "Fort Vancouver" (ddr-one-1-545)
Color slide of a float in the Rose Festival Parade driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel. The float has two children, one dressed in a Native American costume holding a purple ribbon, the other in frontiersman costume with a coonskin cap. The pair are sitting in a canoe in ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 7
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 7 "Jack and Jill" (ddr-one-1-478)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 7 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside Bekins Storage, a sign for Edwards Furniture is visible in background. The float depicts the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill." Two children sit on the float acting the parts of Jack and Jill. A well is on ...
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-386)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-386)
Black and white photographic negative of two people sitting at a picnic table during a community picnic at Viking Park hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: Ben Kasubuchi, and Mary (Okita) Kasubuchi.
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