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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Letter from Uhachi Tamesa to Mr. Burnett (ddr-densho-333-23)
doc Letter from Uhachi Tamesa to Mr. Burnett (ddr-densho-333-23)
Letter about returning home and attempting to recover stolen property
A woman at Renton housing (ddr-densho-328-36)
img A woman at Renton housing (ddr-densho-328-36)
Caption in album: "Renton Housing / Seattle '46 / Miyeko Yoshimoto."
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-252)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-252)
Black and white photographic negative of nine Obon dancers posing for the camera. From left to right: unidentified, Kuni Kitayama, Sakae Kobayashi, Hisako (Onishi) Saito, Hisano Sakamoto, unidentified, Tomi Tsujimura, Yoshino Fujii, unidentified. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei …
Boy Scouts (ddr-one-1-91)
img Boy Scouts (ddr-one-1-91)
Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified boy scout troop at Obon Festival. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-12)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-12)
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 …
Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Chigo Procession (ddr-one-1-53)
img Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Chigo Procession (ddr-one-1-53)
Color slide of Chigo "children's" procession past the US Custom House building in Northwest Portland. Children carry flowers and are accompanied by Buddhist ministers in black or white robes. Adults from left to right: Bishop Daiyu Y. Henjyoji, unidentified, Reverend Shoko Masunaga from Seattle and Reverend Eiyu Terao from Spokane. Children from left to right: unidentified, …
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-275)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-275)
Black and white photographic negative of three unidentified Obon dancers posing for the camera. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Women seated (ddr-one-1-121)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Women seated (ddr-one-1-121)
Black and white photographic negative of women sitting around two tables at the Third Annual Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. The women are chatting with drinks on the table. From left to right women facing the camera: unidentified, Mieko Fujita, Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, Takako Inukai, and Sumi "Sue" (Kaga) Hasegawa.
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-297)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-297)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers rehearsing an Odori folk dance inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Dancers form two circles, leader of outer circle is Tomi Tsujimura, leader of inner circle is Harue Akiyama, the Odori dance teacher. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon …
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 midnight. …
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-380)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-380)
Black and white photographic negative of Nisei sitting at a picnic table enjoying a community picnic at Viking Park hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: Ted Tatsuo Tamaki, Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai) Ota Okazaki, Eddie Tamiyasu, Nobuko (Ochiai) Susaki, and unidentified.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-210)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-210)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers wearing straw hats in front of large crowd. 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 32
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 32 "Vancouver, WA" (ddr-one-1-515)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 32 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 showing a woman in a silver Roman gladiator costume fighting a dragon with a …
Model shot (ddr-one-1-457)
img Model shot (ddr-one-1-457)
Color slide of an unidentified white woman sitting on bales of straw for the annual Oregon Camera Club's Festival of Models photo shoot. According to donor processed on September 12, 1952. For black and white negative please see ONLC 5187
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 34
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 34 "Saturday Nite Bath" (ddr-one-1-466)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 34 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Noon Bag Company and White Stag Manufacturing buildings. The float depicts a bathroom, with two women- one sitting inside a bathtub made of flowers, the other sitting at a vanity holding a pink ribbon. A man's …
Prize Table (ddr-one-1-424)
img Prize Table (ddr-one-1-424)
Black and white photographic negative of a large prize table at a bingo event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now know as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). Woman bent over on left side is Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka, man sitting on far right side facing camera is identified as Zenzaburo Ochiai.
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 Ono …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 11
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 11 "Goin' Fishin'" (ddr-one-1-475)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 11 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Noon Bag Company building. On the side of the building is an advertisement for San Juan Slacks. The Grant Hotel is visible in the background. The float depicts a child using a large fishing rod made …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 31
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 31 "Portland Traction" (ddr-one-1-516)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 31 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 three mermaids seated around the front of the float, and a man dressed as …
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.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-14)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-14)
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 Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-298)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-298)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers rehearsing an Odori folk dance inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Dancers form two lines in front of a small seated audience on the floor and in the balcony. Adult male Obon dancers on far right of image identified from right to left: Arthur Ojiro “Art” Sasaki, Reverend …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Marine Color Guard (ddr-one-1-506)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Marine Color Guard (ddr-one-1-506)
Color slide of a formal four man Marine Corps Color Guard in dress blues marching in the Portland Rose Festival Parade carrying the American and Marine Corps flags. They are marching on SW Third Ave past a crowd gathered in front of a Signal gas station and San Francisco Tailor, behind the Signal gas station is …
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