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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Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-378)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-378)
Black and white photographic negative of a group sitting around a picnic table at a community picnic at Viking Park hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple) being photographed by Ted Tamaki. Woman sitting second from the right is identified as Shiz (Fujita) Inaba.
Community picnic (ddr-one-1-453)
img Community picnic (ddr-one-1-453)
Color slide of people sitting around a picnic table at a community picnic. From left to right: Ted Tamaki, Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai) Ota Okazaki, Eddie Tamiyasu, Nobuko (Ochiai) Susaki, and unidentified. According to donor processed on September 12, 1952.
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-303)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-303)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers practicing an Odori folk dance inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Second dancer from the left is identified as Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando. Young boy and third standing audience member from the left is identified as Eddie Tamiyasu. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist …
Portland Rose Festival Parade Float- Vancouver, Washington Cenaqua (ddr-one-1-162)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade Float- Vancouver, Washington Cenaqua (ddr-one-1-162)
Color slide of the back of a Rose Festival Parade float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Grant Hotel and the intersection of NW First Ave. The Noon Bag Company building is visible in the background. The float depicts a carousel with a clown and three women in pink dresses and …
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-16)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-16)
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, Astuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Jean Matsumoto, …
Frank Hirahara at New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-80)
img Frank Hirahara at New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-80)
Black and white photographic negative of Frank Hirahara and Rose Mae Hara at the New Tokyo Bar in Portland, Oregon. For original print please ONLC 2855 (ddr-one-1-79).
Chinese Wedding Celebration (ddr-one-1-238)
img Chinese Wedding Celebration (ddr-one-1-238)
Black and white photographic negative of Fred Lee and Betty Jean (Chinn) Lee's wedding guests watching a dragon dance performance outside.
Picnic at the Oregon Coast (ddr-one-1-58)
img Picnic at the Oregon Coast (ddr-one-1-58)
Color slide of two unidentified Japanese American men sitting on a blanket at the Oregon Coast enjoying a picnic.
Roses (ddr-one-1-521)
img Roses (ddr-one-1-521)
Color slide of a row of pink rose bushes. Other rows of red and pink rose bushes are visible in background. Image was most likely taken at the Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. According to donor processed on June 14, 1964.
Wedding portrait of Fred Lee and Betty-Jean Lee (Chinn) (ddr-one-1-132)
img Wedding portrait of Fred Lee and Betty-Jean Lee (Chinn) (ddr-one-1-132)
Black and white photographic negative of Fred G. Lee and Betty Jean (Chinn) Lee in wedding attire including a large bridal headdress.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-5)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-5)
Original black and white photographic print of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Back Row (left to right): Elsie Okazaki, Agnes (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, …
Portland Rose Festival Parade Float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade Float- "Pacific Telephone" (ddr-one-1-533)
Color slide of the side of the Pacific Telephone float in the Rose Festival Parade driving down W Burnside and the intersection of NW Second Ave, the corner of the Shoreline Hotel is visible in the background. The side of float has purple, white and red flowers and reads "Pacific Telephone." On the float five women …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 35,
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 35, "Boyd's Coffee" (ddr-one-1-465)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 35 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Noon Bag Company, two advertisements are visible on the side of the building. The float is made out of pink flowers and has a large wheel on top that is upside down, but reads "Boyd's Coffee". …
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-192)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-192)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers with arms raised in front of a crowd. Right row second from the left: Mr. Yoshihara, right row third from left: Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei …
Portland Rose Festival Parade Float (ddr-one-1-469)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade Float (ddr-one-1-469)
Color slide of a Rose Festival Parade float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Noon Bag Company building. A woman stands behind a white cake made of flowers on the float and waves a red ribbon. The Portland Rose Festival Parade is an annual event in which floats are made …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Crowd (ddr-one-1-448)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Crowd (ddr-one-1-448)
Color slide of crowd and light post outside the Shoreline Hotel and Anchor Inn on W Burnside. Presumably the crowd has gathered to watch the Portland Rose Festival Parade. The Rose Festival Parade is an annual event in which floats are made out of flowers and paraded down the streets of Portland. According to donor processed …
New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-84)
img New Tokyo Bar (ddr-one-1-84)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified bar patrons at the New Tokyo Bar. Bartender George Ninomiya is behind the bar.
Dance (ddr-one-1-101)
img Dance (ddr-one-1-101)
Black and white photographic negative of a room full of unidentified couples dancing together at an informal dance.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-207)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-207)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in a partial circle in front of a crowd that encloses the dancers. Obon dancers: left corner of image in front of dancer wearing a headscarf is Phyllis Midori (Ando) Muramatsu, behind woman in headscarf is Mabel (Maekawa) Ota followed by Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, ninth from …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 19
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 19 "Junior Court" (ddr-one-1-490)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 19 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 six visible young couples dressed in white suits and pink dresses. They are standing …
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-191)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-191)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers waving small Japanese flags. Left line from left to right: Hisano Sakamoto, Kaoru Funatake and unidentified women. Right line from left to right: Grace Mieko (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai) Ota Okazaki, Betty Nakashimada, Shiz (Fujita) Inaba and an unidentified woman. Obon is an annual event hosted by …
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-247)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-247)
Black and white photographic negative of three Japanese American women posing in costumes used to dance during Obon. They are holding tenugui (towels used in traditional Japanese folk dance). From left to right: Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Atsuko "Alice" Kida. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 38
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 38 "Alice in Wonderland" (ddr-one-1-463)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 38 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel. The float contains a depiction of Alice from "Alice in Wonderland" wearing blue dress with a white apron made from flowers. Sitting on the float in front of Alice next to a yellow sign with …
Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-332)
img Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-332)
Black and white photographic negative of large crowd of Buddhists gathered outside Collin's Field House in Seattle, Washington for a Buddhist convention. Seated in front row from left to right: Yasashi Ichikawa, Reverend Seiji Kobara from Seattle, Reverend Shoko Masunaga, Reverend Akira Jotetsu Ono, Reverend Tatsuya Ichikawa, Reverend Bishop Kenryu Tsuji, Reverend Eiyu Terao from Spokane, …
Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-392)
img Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-392)
Black and white photographic negative of crowd of Nisei at a beach outing planned by the Sorrelles (a high school social group).
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