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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941 items
Nisei on stage (ddr-one-1-346)
img Nisei on stage (ddr-one-1-346)
Black and white photographic negative of four Nisei standing on a stage, two additional Nisei sitting to the side. The four standing Nisei are each holding an object- possibly performing some kind of skit. From left to right: Miriam (Koyama) Kiso, Eugene Hayashi, Rose Namba, Nami (Miura) Koida, Toyse "Toy" Muira, and Ko Tambara. This photograph …
Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-408)
img Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-408)
Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified Odori dancer performing with a woven basket in hand on stage for Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) inside the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple).
Nisei women (ddr-one-1-345)
img Nisei women (ddr-one-1-345)
Black and white photographic negative of three women standing in front of a piano possibly singing, two women seated to the side listening. From left to right: Jayne (Katada) Furukawa, Betty Ishida, Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, May (Ebihara) Gelfand, and Lillian (Niimi) Mikariya. This photograph may have been taken during the Northwest Methodist Rally.
Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-403)
img Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-403)
Black and white photographic negative of an Odori folk dance performance on the stage for Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) at Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: Mary (Nakata) Fujii, Shiz (Fujita) Inaba, Hanako Terakawa Tamura, unidentified, and Sakae Kobayashi.
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-284)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-284)
Black and white photographic negative of Kaoru Funatake smiling 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..
Geisha Girl (ddr-one-1-435)
img Geisha Girl (ddr-one-1-435)
Black and white original photographic print of an unidentified woman dressed in a kimono with hair and makeup done in a traditional geisha style. A large parasol is placed beside her on the stage of the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple.)
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 17
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 17 "Dreamland" (ddr-one-1-550)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 17 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside Blue Eagle Café on the corner of NW Second Ave. A woman in a white dress stands surrounded in pink flowers that make fairy wings. A young boy is seated next to her. The front of the float …
Obon Festival Dancers (ddr-one-1-75)
img Obon Festival Dancers (ddr-one-1-75)
Black and white photographic print of three Japanese American women posing in costumes used to dance during Obon. Women are holding "tenugui" (towels used in the traditional Japanese folk dance "Odori"). From left to right: Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, Atsuko "Alice" (Ando) Matsumoto, Atsuko "Alice" Kida. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 10
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 10 "Pasadena Tournament of Roses" (ddr-one-1-499)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 10 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 decorated in pink and white flowers. A woman stands near the back of the …
Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-325)
img Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-325)
Black and white photographic negative of Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church most likely during the Northwest Methodist Rally. They sit in two rows around a bay window. 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, …
Obon dragon dance (ddr-one-1-112)
img Obon dragon dance (ddr-one-1-112)
Black and white photographic negative of four unidentified men playing traditional Japanese instruments at the Obon Festival in front a microphone. All are dressed in happi coast and have tenugui (light cotton towel) headbands. Two dancers in a dragon costume dance in front of the musicians. Man sitting on far right identified as Henry Matsunaga. Obon …
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-195)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-195)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in front of a large crowd. First Oban dancer from the left: Masano Hachiya Yamasaki, fourth Obon dancer from the left: Haru Fujita. 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 …
Portland Rose Festival Parade float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade float- "PGE" (ddr-one-1-503)
Color slide of a Rose Festival Parade 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 depicts a knight with a shield that has PGE written on it, riding on a …
Portland Streetcar (ddr-one-1-543)
img Portland Streetcar (ddr-one-1-543)
Color slide of an old Portland Streetcar that once went to Council Crest. The streetcar is white and red and is numbered 506. The front bumper reads "See Portland from Council Crest." The streetcar sits in an open field at Council Crest Park. According to donor processed on June 14, 1964. For black and white negative …
Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-306)
img Obon Festival Dance Rehearsal (ddr-one-1-306)
Black and white photographic negative of small audience watching the Obon dance rehearsal inside Norse Hall in Northeast Portland. 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-1-7)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-7)
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, …
Portland Rose Festival Parade-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- "Mixer Mobile" (ddr-one-1-459)
Color slide of a Rose Festival Parade float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Shoreline Hotel, Anchor Inn and Sailors Union of the Pacific. The float has a large white sign above reading "Mixer Mobile" red and blue flowers. Sitting on the float are unidentified people under flower umbrellas, one …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Military Band (ddr-one-1-148)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Military Band (ddr-one-1-148)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Grant Hotel. A military band rides on the back of the float. In front are a group of men dressed as clowns, one man is holding a blue ribbon. The Rose Festival Parade is an annual event in …
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-372)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-372)
Black and white photographic negative of three Nisei girls sitting on a blanket 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, Phyllis Midori (Ando) Muramatsu, and Betty Nakashimada.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 22
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 22 "Pacific Telephone" (ddr-one-1-488)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 22 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 red and black flowers, with two young girls dressed as a Native …
Adelphons Group Photo (ddr-one-1-2)
img Adelphons Group Photo (ddr-one-1-2)
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) Nakagawa, Sophie …
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-241)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-241)
Black and white photographic negative of six Obon dancers posing for the camera with one arm touching straw hats. From left to right: Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai) Ota Okazaki, Jean (Tsujimura) Takashima, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, and Eddie Tamiyasu. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church …
Oregon Buddhist Church Bingo (ddr-one-1-422)
img Oregon Buddhist Church Bingo (ddr-one-1-422)
Black and white photographic negative of a bingo game with prizes displayed in the center. Event is hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now know as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, Mary (Nakata) Fujii, Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka, Ben Kasubuchi, unidentified, unidentified, James “Jim” Mamoru Fujii, Susie "Jinx" (Tamiyasu) Fujii carrying …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 4 Queen and Court (ddr-one-1-143)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 4 Queen and Court (ddr-one-1-143)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 4 with the Rose Festival Queen and Court on red and white float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside W.L. Reid Company Building Hardware Specialties and the Riverside Hotel. An advertisement for Chevrolet is visible in the background on the side of the Portland …
Tractors (ddr-one-1-452)
img Tractors (ddr-one-1-452)
Color slide of two parked John Deere tractors in a field, appears to be an old John Deere 1940s model M and a newer 1950s Model A with a fork loader attached to the front. According to donor processed on June 20, 1951. For black and white negative please see ONLC 4821, for black and white …
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