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- float 14
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 14 "Shell" (ddr-one-1-169)
Color slide of Rose Festival float 14 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside W.L. Reid Company Building Hardware Specialties and the Riverfront Hotel and Cafe. An advertisement for Chevrolet is visible in the background on the side of the Portland Commons Annex. The float depicts a tiger jumping through a hoop ...
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance (ddr-one-1-119)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance (ddr-one-1-119)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified couples dancing at the Third Annual Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. Jimmy Amato and his Orchestra are playing in the background.
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-
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 ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Cowboy (ddr-one-1-484)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Cowboy (ddr-one-1-484)
Color slide of a cowboy riding a brown horse down W Burnside in the Rose Parade. An advertisement for San Juan Slacks is visible on the side of the Noon Bag Company building. The cowboy waves his hat at the camera. The Portland Rose Festival Parade is an annual event in which floats are made out ...
Reed College (ddr-one-1-363)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-363)
Black and white photographic negative of Carlos Ogimi and other students sitting at drawing table working on an unknown project. Carlos is the first seated student on the right, everyone else is unidentified. This photographic negative was taken at Reed College where Carlos was a student. Original print ONLC 3179 (ddr-one-1-361).
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-186)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-186)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in line with arms swinging. Second dancer from the left is Jeanne Tanaka. 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.
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-266)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-266)
Black and white photographic negative of four Obon dancers smiling for the camera. From left to right: Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, Ruth Saito, Susanne Mineko (Sasaki) Myers, and Grace (Tachibana) Ishikawa. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
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.
Obon Festival- Mayoral speech (ddr-one-1-254)
img Obon Festival- Mayoral speech (ddr-one-1-254)
Black and white photographic negative of Portland Mayor Dorothy McCullough Lee speaking at Obon. Playing the taiko drum is Henry Matsunaga. Behind the drum is Tom Shigeto Tamiyasu. 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- Military Band (ddr-one-1-148)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Military Band (ddr-one-1-148)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Grant Hotel. A military band rides on the back of the float. In front are a group of men dressed as clowns, one man is holding a blue ribbon. The Rose Festival Parade is an annual event in ...
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-372)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-372)
Black and white photographic negative of three Nisei girls sitting on a blanket at a community picnic at Viking Park hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: unidentified, Phyllis Midori (Ando) Muramatsu, and Betty Nakashimada.
Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-337)
img Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-337)
Black and white photographic negative of about ten Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon. The Nisei are gathered around a table looking at a leaflet together. Standing on the far right side of the table holding a leaflet up is Miriam (Koyama) Kiso. Back row from left to right: Toyse "Toy" Miura and ...
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-9)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-9)
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 ...
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-267)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-267)
Black and white photographic negative of two young girls posing for the camera at Obon in front of crowd seated on bleachers. Second from the left is Janice (Matsunaga) Okamoto. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-88)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-88)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). People sitting and playing bingo, watchers stand behind. Sitting left to right: Joe Namba, Nobi Saito, Henry "Wimpy" Kawata, George Kasahara, Terry Mishiro, Diane (Ando) Harder, and Minoru "Bob" Ando. Standing in front ...
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-248)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-248)
Black and white photographic negative of Eddie Tamiyasu posing for the camera in his Obon costume. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Nisei Bowling League Women's Team (ddr-one-1-128)
img Nisei Bowling League Women's Team (ddr-one-1-128)
Original black and white photographic print of a Nisei women's bowling team. The team is posed in front of a Ford sedan with a bowling ball and monogrammed shirts. Back row left to right: Kathleen Sasaki, Yoko (Hishikawa) Iwata, and Takako Inukai. Front row left to right: Toshi (Tamiyasu) Fukuhara, and Sachi (Nakata) Nakashima. Negative ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-219)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-219)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing before a crowd. First woman in crowd on left side: Marian Hara. Obon dancers left line from right to left: Haru Fujii, Tamuro Miura, and Nobuko Yoshida. Obon dancers right line from right to left: Jimmy Yoshida. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist ...
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-13)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-13)
Original black and white photographic print of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Back Row (left to right): Elsie Okazaki, Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, Jean Matsumoto, Lillian (Niimi) Mikariya, Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Kathleen “Kathie” Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, Frances (Kinoshita) Mayeda, Grace Mieko (Muramatsu) Ouchida, and Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka. Third Row: Nami (Miura) Koida, Miriam ...
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-277)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-277)
Black and white photographic negative of two lines of Obon dancers performing an Odori folk dance. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Nisei Duet (ddr-one-1-342)
img Nisei Duet (ddr-one-1-342)
Black and white photographic negative of two unidentified Nisei women singing next to a piano. This photograph may have been taken during the Northwest Methodist Rally.
Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar- Bingo Table (ddr-one-1-108)
img Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar- Bingo Table (ddr-one-1-108)
Black and white photographic negative of a group of people playing bingo at the Oregon Buddhist Church's Annual Lotus Bazaar. Sitting left to right: unidentified, Shig Yuzuriha, Shiz (Fujita) Inaba, Lily (Tsujimura) Hongo Fujita, remaining unidentified. The Oregon Buddhist Church is now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple. For print please see ONLC 4948 (ddr-one-1-719)
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-283)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-283)
Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified Obon dancer posing 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.
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