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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Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-69)
img Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-69)
Color slide of three people posing in Odori costumes (traditional Japanese folk dance), fourth is in western style clothes. From Left to right: Ida (Hobara) Sugahiro, Katie (Iwamoto) Tamiyasu, Wendy (Hongo) Peace, and Lily (Tsujimura) Hongo Fujita.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-226)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-226)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in large circle facing a podium in the center with "uchiwa" (fan) in hand. A large crowd watches on from left side of image. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community ...
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.
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 ...
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.
Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-340)
img Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-340)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified Nisei sitting on sofas at Epworth United Methodist Church. This photograph may have been taken during the Northwest Methodist Rally. Original print ONLC 3262 (ddr-one-1-438).
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 12
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 12 "Seattle Seafair" (ddr-one-1-497)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 12 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 up of two parts, first part of the float has two riders sitting ...
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-39)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-39)
Original black and white photographic print of bride and groom standing and receiving guests. Left to Right: Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 33
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 33 "General Petroleum" (ddr-one-1-514)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 33 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 white and blue flowers, with a large red Pegasus flying over top ...
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 ...
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 ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade float- "Shell Oil Co" (ddr-one-1-536)
Color slide of the Shell Oil Co float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Blue Eagle Café on the corner of NW Second Ave for the Portland Rose Festival Parade. The float has a large Jack-in-a-box made of red and white flowers at the back that is open with a ...
Odori costumes (ddr-one-1-62)
img Odori costumes (ddr-one-1-62)
Color slide of three women sitting dressed in Odori (traditional Japanese folk dance) costumes of kimonos or yukatas with straw hats on. From left to right: unidentified, Midori Hasegawa, and Lily Ono.
Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-402)
img Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-402)
Black and white photographic negative of an Odori folk dance performance on a stage for Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) inside the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). Dancers on stage: second to the right, Shiz (Fujita) Inaba; third to the right, Mary (Nakata) Fujii.
Portland Rose Festival Parade float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade float- "Sport of Queens" (ddr-one-1-513)
Color slide of a Rose Festival float 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 "Sport of Queens" written on the side in yellow flowers. The float depicts greyhound racing ...
Dance (ddr-one-1-102)
img Dance (ddr-one-1-102)
Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified couple sitting at a table in semi-formal attire possibly manning the coat check.
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-379)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-379)
Black and white photographic negative of a family sitting at a picnic table 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, Kazuo “Kaz” Ochiai, Tamiyo Ochiai, and Zenzaburo Ochiai.
Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Procession (ddr-one-1-52)
img Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Procession (ddr-one-1-52)
Color slide of procession in front of US Customs House in Northwest Portland. Procession led by a color guard of Boy Scouts, carrying the United States flag and the Buddhist flag. Women in kimonos or yukatas follow, then black vehicles with flowers on top, then the Chigo "children's" procession. From left to right: Kenneth "Kenny ...
Adelphons Group Photo (ddr-one-1-3)
img Adelphons Group Photo (ddr-one-1-3)
Black and white photographic negative 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 (Kawata ...
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 6
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 6 "Robert Bros" (ddr-one-1-502)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 6 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 four visible riders, three dressed in purple gowns, one dressed in a white wedding ...
Northwest Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-431)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-431)
Black and white photographic negative of two Nisei women standing behind set banquet tables. From left to right: Noriko (Ichikawa) Kurashige, and May Matsumoto.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-220)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-220)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers holding "uchiwa" (fan) above their heads in front of large crowd. From left to right line: Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, and Nami (Miura) Koida, all others unidentified. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the ...
Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar (ddr-one-1-105)
img Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar (ddr-one-1-105)
Black and white photographic negative of a crowd and banners at the Oregon Buddhist Church's Annual Lotus Bazaar (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple). Man in crowd with legs crossed talking to two unidentified women is Sam "Pompadour Sam" Sasaki. For print please see ONLC 4946 (ddr-one-1-717)
Welding (ddr-one-1-442)
img Welding (ddr-one-1-442)
Color slide of an unidentified man wearing a welding helmet and holding tools. Appears to be working on repairing a piece of machinery. According to donor processed on June 20, 1951.
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-87)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-87)
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: Henry "Wimpy" Kawata, George Kasahara, Terry Mishiro, Diane (Ando) Harder, Minoru "Bob" Ando, unidentified woman, Betty (Hiuga) Nishimura, Tomo Saito, Fumi ...
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