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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Mrs. Shinobu Mikami (ddr-csujad-8-41)
doc Mrs. Shinobu Mikami (ddr-csujad-8-41)
Oral history interview with Mrs. Shinobu Mikami. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Mikami, Mrs Shinobu
Maki and Roy Torii (ddr-csujad-8-76)
doc Maki and Roy Torii (ddr-csujad-8-76)
Oral history interview with Maki and Roy Torii. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Torii, Maki and Roy
Michio and June Toshiyuki (ddr-csujad-8-77)
doc Michio and June Toshiyuki (ddr-csujad-8-77)
Oral history interview with Michio and June Toshiyuki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Toshiyuki, Michio and June
Tomiko Kuwamoto (ddr-csujad-8-35)
doc Tomiko Kuwamoto (ddr-csujad-8-35)
Oral history interview with Tomiko Kuwamoto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Kuwamoto, Tomiko
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. …
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.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-10)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-10)
Original black and white photographic print 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, …
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-417)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-417)
Black and white photographic negative of guests at the Northwest Buddhist Convention banquet dinner in the basement of the Seattle Buddhist Church. A flag with the Wheel of Dharma is visible behind the head table. Sitting at table in foreground on left hand side from left to right: Harry Toshi, unidentified, Irene (Fujii) Mano, unidentified and …
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-436)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-436)
Black and white photographic print of six Obon dancers posing for the camera holding small Japanese and American flags. From left to right: Eddie Tamiyasu, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, Jean (Tsujimura) Takashima, Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai) Ota Okasaki, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now …
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-309)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-309)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers rehearsing an Odori folk dance in front of a small audience inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Obon dancers from left to right: Tom Shigeto Tamiyasu, and Arthur Ojiro “Art” Sasaki. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) …
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-301)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-301)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers practicing an Odori folk dance inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. Third Obon dancer from the left is identified as Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai) Ota Okazaki. 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- cowboy (ddr-one-1-505)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- cowboy (ddr-one-1-505)
Color slide of a Roy Rogers in a white suit and hat riding a palomino horse in the Rose Festival Parade on SW Third Ave, he is passing a Signal gas station and San Francisco Tailor, behind the Signal gas station is the old Multnomah Hotel. In the foreground is Dale Evans riding a horse in …
Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-439)
img Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-439)
Black and white photographic print of Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church most likely during the Northwest Methodist Rally. Front row left to right: unidentified, Martha (Kondo) Miyasaki, Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka, Atsuko "Alice" Kida and Nami (Miura) Koida. Back row: unidentified, Yone (Kanda) Terada, Gloria (Osawa) Fujii, Mary (Kondo) Yamano, Miriam (Koyama) Kiso, and Masae "Elsie" …
Oregon Buddhist Church Talent Show (ddr-one-1-338)
img Oregon Buddhist Church Talent Show (ddr-one-1-338)
Five unidentified girls have their faces painted black and are dressed up in large white gloves and patched jeans. Appear to be performing a tap dance at the annual talent show hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple).
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-205)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-205)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers with arms raised to their left shoulder. In the upper center is a large podium with lanterns. Crowd sits on grass or park benches. 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-  float 20
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 20 "Circus Special" (ddr-one-1-155)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 20 being pulled by two brown horses down W Burnside in front of the W.L. Reid Company Building Hardware Specialties and the Riverside Hotel and Cafe. The float is a large streetcar decorated with flowers, with a sign above reading "Circus Special." The side of the float reads "Milwaukie," …
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance (ddr-one-1-118)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance (ddr-one-1-118)
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. To the far right in front of the stage in black heels and light color skirt and jacket is Kathleen Sasaki dancing with an unidentified man.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Women's Drill Team (ddr-one-1-156)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Women's Drill Team (ddr-one-1-156)
Color slide of an unknown women's drill team in white uniforms marching in the Portland Rose Festival Parade down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel and Cafe. Sign for the Blue Eagle Cafe and Dr. Geo Chan is visible in the background. The Rose Festival Parade is an annual event in …
Obon Festival- Children dancers (ddr-one-1-253)
img Obon Festival- Children dancers (ddr-one-1-253)
Black and white photographic negative of five unidentified children dancing 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.
Northwest Methodist Rally Portland (ddr-one-1-323)
img Northwest Methodist Rally Portland (ddr-one-1-323)
Black and white photographic negative of a street lined with cars. Inscription reads "Northwest Methodist Rally Portland/Northwest Methodist Rally - Portland/Northwest Methodist Rally Portland/Northwest Methodist Rally - Portland/Nov. 23-25, 1951/Northwest Rally Portland."
Electrical tower (ddr-one-1-443)
img Electrical tower (ddr-one-1-443)
Color slide of what appears to be the inside of an electrical tower looking up towards a clear sky. According to donor processed on June 20, 1951.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 18
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 18 "Sailing" (ddr-one-1-472)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 18 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 float is a large sailboat with six women riding inside, one is holding a pink ribbon. The sail …
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 …
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-312)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-312)
Black and white photographic negative of two Obon dancers in costume, Mrs. Okayama is holding an "uchiwa" (fan), Yukiye Itoyama is holding a tenugui (light cotton towel). Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community. Original print ONLC 3261 (ddr-one-1-437).
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Women's Marching Band (ddr-one-1-172)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Women's Marching Band (ddr-one-1-172)
Color slide of a baton twirler in a white and orange uniform in front of an all women's marching band in red and white uniforms marching in the Portland Rose Festival Parade in W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel and Cafe. The sign for the Blue Eagle Cafe is visible in …
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