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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Nisei Bowling League Women's Team (ddr-one-1-127)
img Nisei Bowling League Women's Team (ddr-one-1-127)
Black and white photographic negative of a Nisei women's bowling team. The team is posed in front of a Ford sedan with a bowling ball and monogrammed shirts. Back row left to right: Kathleen Sasaki, Yoko (Hishikawa) Iwata, and Takako Inukai. Front row left to right: Toshi (Tamiyasu) Fukuhara, and Sachi (Nakata) Nakashima. Original print ONLC …
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-421)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-421)
Black and white photographic negative of guests at the Northwest Buddhist Convention banquet dinner in the basement of the Seattle Buddhist Church. Flag with the Wheel of Dharma is visible in hanging in the background. Sitting second from the left at table in foreground: Sumiye (Fukei) Kato, others unidentified.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-263)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-263)
Black and white photographic negative of Grace (Sakano) Robbs 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.
Nisei Duet (ddr-one-1-342)
img Nisei Duet (ddr-one-1-342)
Black and white photographic negative of two unidentified Nisei women singing next to a piano. This photograph may have been taken during the Northwest Methodist Rally.
Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar- Bingo Table (ddr-one-1-108)
img Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar- Bingo Table (ddr-one-1-108)
Black and white photographic negative of a group of people playing bingo at the Oregon Buddhist Church's Annual Lotus Bazaar. Sitting left to right: unidentified, Shig Yuzuriha, Shiz (Fujita) Inaba, Lily (Tsujimura) Hongo Fujita, remaining unidentified. The Oregon Buddhist Church is now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple. For print please see ONLC 4948 (ddr-one-1-719)
Young Buddhist League Convention Court and Queen (ddr-one-1-26)
img Young Buddhist League Convention Court and Queen (ddr-one-1-26)
Black and white photographic print of the Fourth Annual Northwest Young Buddhist League's Convection Court and Queen. Left to Right: Mae (Okazaki) Sasaki of Tacoma, Washington; Margaret Tomoguchi of Seattle, Washington; Mary (Nakata) Fujii of Portland, Oregon (Queen); Sumi (Hashimoto) Kurokawa, and Takako Nitta of Spokane, Washington. This photograph was found in Frank Hirahara's memorabilia of …
Reed College (ddr-one-1-359)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-359)
Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi and her brother Carlos Ogimi staring at a large document or drawing on a table in front of them. This photograph was taken at Reed College where Ayame and Carlos were both students. Original print ONLC 3175 (ddr-one-1-357).
Methodist Banquet (ddr-one-1-344)
img Methodist Banquet (ddr-one-1-344)
Black and white photographic negative of guests at a banquet held inside a church. Guest seated along right side of table in foreground from left to right: May (Ebihara) Gelfand, Rose Namba, unidentified, Loretta (Fujii) Kaneko, unidentified, Betty Ishida, and Jayne (Katada) Furukawa. All other guests unidentified. Sign behind the pulpit reads: "Just a Happy Smile: …
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-31)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-31)
Original black and white photographic print of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto's wedding taken from above and behind. Negative ONLC 2815. (ddr-one-1-42)
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-283)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-283)
Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified Obon dancer posing for the camera 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.
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-35)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-35)
Original black and white photographic print of Bride and Groom, Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto and Sam Sakamoto, smiling for the camera. Print is a portrait of the couple.
Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Chigo Procession (ddr-one-1-48)
img Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Chigo Procession (ddr-one-1-48)
Color slide of the Chigo "Children's" Procession to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). Children are dressed in traditional Japanese children's ceremonial costumes and walk in a line down a street in front of the US Custom House in Northwest Portland. They are following Tom Shigeto …
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-201)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-201)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers, children hold small Japanese and American flags, adult holds wooden blocks, in front of a crowd. Adult Obon dancer identified as Harue Akiyama (the Odori teacher). Crowd standing on the right side of a large wooden pole: second from the left is Ruby (Takashima) Sumino, third from the …
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-9)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-9)
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 …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 23
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 23 "Story Book Hour" (ddr-one-1-537)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 23 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Blue Eagle Café on the corner of NW Second Ave. The float has three children in white sitting on the float waving at the crowd. One woman in a white dress stands at the back of float …
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-267)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-267)
Black and white photographic negative of two young girls posing for the camera at Obon in front of crowd seated on bleachers. Second from the left is Janice (Matsunaga) Okamoto. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-218)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-218)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing before a crowd. Obon dancers from left to right: fifth from the left is Shig Yuzuriha, seventh from the left is Nobyo Sato, ninth from the left is Hana Hanada. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) …
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-88)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-88)
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: Joe Namba, Nobi Saito, Henry "Wimpy" Kawata, George Kasahara, Terry Mishiro, Diane (Ando) Harder, and Minoru "Bob" Ando. Standing in front of …
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-314)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-314)
Black and white photographic negative of Susan Shizuko (Yoshida) Kurimoto posing with 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.
Portland Rose Festival Parade Float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade Float- "Catholic Organizations Dove of Peace" (ddr-one-1-493)
Color slide of the Catholic Organizations Dove of Peace 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 in the Portland Rose Festival Parade. On the float sit three visible women dressed in …
Oregon Buddhist Church Bingo (ddr-one-1-423)
img Oregon Buddhist Church Bingo (ddr-one-1-423)
Black and white photographic negative of a bingo game with prizes displayed in the center. Event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now know as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). Bingo workers from left to right: Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, Ben Kasubuchi, unidentified, and Betty Nakashimada. Sitting in far left corner talking with Aki (Shiraishi) Dong is Mary …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 35
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 35 "Portland Fire Department" (ddr-one-1-165)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 35 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel and Anchor Inn. The float is made of pink and red flowers, a seal made of red flowers sits on top of the float, a man leans out of the float's window waving at the …
Reed College (ddr-one-1-354)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-354)
Black and white photographic negative of Carlos Ogimi and other students sitting at drawing table working on an unknown project. Carlos is the first seated student on the right, everyone else is unidentified. This photographic negative was most likely taken at Reed College where Carlos was a student.
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couples seated (ddr-one-1-126)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couples seated (ddr-one-1-126)
Black and white photographic negative of couples sitting in booth around two tables at the Third Annual Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. Both couples are posing for the camera. Left to right: Barbara Sono Uyesugi, Koji Sono, Molly (Yamase) Sono and Tom Sono.
Roses (ddr-one-1-540)
img Roses (ddr-one-1-540)
Color slide of pink rose bushes, most likely at Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. According to donor processed on June 14, 1964.
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