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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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 ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 36
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 36 "Cinderella" (ddr-one-1-510)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 36driving 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 depicts part of the story of Cinderella as she is leaving the Prince's ball at ...
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 ...
Reed College (ddr-one-1-352)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-352)
Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi leaning back in a chair reading a book with her feet resting on a desk. The picture was taken at Reed College, most likely in the common area of her dorm, where Ayame attended school.
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.
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.
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).
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).
Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-330)
img Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-330)
Black and white photographic negative of four Nisei girls wearing white gloves, large, fake ears and a newspaper bib inside Epworth United Methodist Church, possibly during the Northwest Methodist Rally. Each girl is also holding a conductor baton. Third girl from the left is identified as Sophie (Tomita) Imai.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-21)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-21)
Original black and white photographic print of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Left to right: Grace (Ebihara) Akiyama, Betty Nakashimada, Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, Nami (Miura) Koida, Masae "Elsie" (Morita) Onishi, Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka, Betty Ishida, Elsie Okazaki, Agnes (Inouye) Kitayama, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Jean Matsumoto ...
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.
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 ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 29
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 29 "Sears" (ddr-one-1-532)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 29 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Blue Eagle Café on the corner of NW Second Ave. The float has a carriage made of white flowers with a red trim and purple wheels. The carriage is pulled by a horse made of white flowers ...
Portrait of Mary Abe's family (ddr-one-1-77)
img Portrait of Mary Abe's family (ddr-one-1-77)
Black and white photographic negative of Mary Abe's family posed seated in her living room. Photo portrait of an unknown man on the side table. Back row left to right: Marge Horigami, Florence "Flo" (Teshima) Anazawa, remaining unidentified . Front row left to right: May (Abe) Endo unidentified woman.
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-296)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-296)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dance rehearsal at Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Obon dancers from left to right: Patricia “Pat” (Ikata) Iboshi, Marjory "Marge" (Ando) Smith, Carol (Takeda) Smith, and unidentified. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider ...
Family home (ddr-one-1-445)
img Family home (ddr-one-1-445)
Color slide of an unidentified woman in a blue dress and orange headscarf with three children standing in their doorway looking at the camera. One child is holding a gift bag in her hand. According to donor processed on June 20, 1951.
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-232)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-232)
Black and white photographic negative of Harue Akiyama, the Obon dance instructor, posing for camera wearing straw hat. 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.
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couple seated (ddr-one-1-124)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couple seated (ddr-one-1-124)
Original black and white photographic print of couple sitting at table at the Third Annual Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. The couple is smiling for the camera. From left to right: Bob Luck and Doris Chan. Negative ONLC 2940 (ddr-one-1-123).
Northwest Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-430)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-430)
Black and white photographic negative of two Nisei women standing holding binders and notepads in front of a chalkboard at the Northwest Buddhist Convention in Seattle, Washington at the Seattle Buddhist Church. Woman on the right identified as Yasuko Hashimoto.
Obon folk musicians (ddr-one-1-111)
img Obon folk musicians (ddr-one-1-111)
Black and white photographic negative of four unidentified men playing traditional Japanese instruments at the Obon Festival in front a microphone. All are dressed in happi coats and have tenugui (light cotton towel) headbands. Sitting behind the sound system is Henry Matsunaga. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as ...
Adelphons Group Photo (ddr-one-1-1)
img Adelphons Group Photo (ddr-one-1-1)
Original black and white photographic print of the Adelphons, a young women's service group of the Portland Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen's League, in formal attire. Back Row (left to right): Sumiko “Sue” (Kawasaki) Fujino, unidentified, Minnie (Oyama) Abe, Ochiyo (Nishioka) Hasuike, unidentified, Mary (Furusho) Iwasaki, Tamae "Butch" Yamamoto, Kathryn (Kawata) Niita, Irene ...
Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-408)
img Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-408)
Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified Odori dancer performing with a woven basket in hand on stage for Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) inside the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple).
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