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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Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-50)
img Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-50)
Color slide of four unidentified women and one unidentified man in kimonos or yukatas, outside performing a Odori (a Japanese folk dance) at night.
Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-397)
img Sorelles Beach Outing (ddr-one-1-397)
Black and white photographic print of Sumi "Sue" (Kaga) Hasegawa playing the ukulele for Aki (Shiraishi) Dong as she is buried in the sand at a beach outing planned by the Sorrelles (a high school social group). Three Nisei men sit around Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, from front to back: Yoji Kiso, Shig Tada, and Tom Fujii.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Queen and Court (ddr-one-1-168)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Queen and Court (ddr-one-1-168)
Color slide of the Rose Festival Queen, Dorothy Anderle and her Rose Festival Court on a white and red float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside W.L. Reid Company Building Hardware Specialties. Three Royal Rosarians in white suits are visible and escort the float. The Rose Festival Parade is an annual event …
Methodist Men's Choir (ddr-one-1-349)
img Methodist Men's Choir (ddr-one-1-349)
Black and white photographic negative of four men standing around a piano in matching overcoats singing to a song played by Mary (Furusho) Iwasaki on the piano. Men from left to right: Yoji Matsushima, Shig Tada, Joe Namba, and Kenji Onishi.
Birds swimming in creek (ddr-one-1-455)
img Birds swimming in creek (ddr-one-1-455)
Color slide of seven water fowl swimming in a small river or creek. According to donor processed on September 12, 1952.
Meeting (ddr-one-1-454)
img Meeting (ddr-one-1-454)
Color slide of two women sitting at a meeting table, a man standing at the head. Others sitting in the background. According to donor processed on September 12, 1952.
Nisei in formal dress (ddr-one-1-562)
img Nisei in formal dress (ddr-one-1-562)
Black and white photographic negative of four Nisei standing outside in formal dress. From left to right: Kay Endo, Akiko “Aki” (Endo) Akagi, Mieko Fujita, and Kazuko "Kazzie" (Endo) Hara.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Victoria Girl's Drill Corps (ddr-one-1-145)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Victoria Girl's Drill Corps (ddr-one-1-145)
Color slide of all girl's drill corps team from Victoria marching in the Rose Festival Parade down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Riverside Hotel and Cafe. An advertisement for Chevrolet is visible in the background on the side of the Portland Commons Annex. The women are dressed in white uniforms with pink …
Wading at the Oregon Coast (ddr-one-1-456)
img Wading at the Oregon Coast (ddr-one-1-456)
Color slide of five Nisei girls wading into the water at the Oregon Coast while others wonder around the rock edge in the distance, two men can be seen fishing. Woman on far right in the water is May (Ebihara) Gelfand. According to donor processed on September 12, 1952.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 15
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 15 "Fox Furniture Company" (ddr-one-1-153)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 15 driving down W Burnside in front of the W.L. Reid Company Building Hardware Specialties. The float depicts a large fox head wearing glasses and a graduation cap. The Rose Festival Parade is an annual event in which floats are made out of flowers and paraded down the streets …
Obon dance (ddr-one-1-76)
img Obon dance (ddr-one-1-76)
Black and white photographic print of large group dancing Odori (a traditional folk dance) with "uchiwa" (fans) during Obon Festival in front a large seated crowed outside. Outer circle of Obon dancers from right to left, starting left of podium: Tomi Tsujimura, Shizuko Oda, unidentified woman, Phyllis Midori (Ando) Muramatsu, all remaining unidentified. Inner circle of …
Leopard horse and rider (ddr-one-1-534)
img Leopard horse and rider (ddr-one-1-534)
A color slide of an unidentified rider in a pink shirt and white pants riding on a black and white leopard horse in the Portland Rose Festival Parade. The horse has a black saddle and red reins. The horse and rider are posed in front of a crowd outside the Blue Eagle Cafe on the corner …
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-197)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-197)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in front of a crowd with one arm raised. Obon dancers: second from the left dressed in a pattered kimono is Shiz (Fujita) Inaba, fourth from the left is Ben Kasubuchi, fifth from the left in back is Mary Yamaguchi. Obon is an annual event hosted by the …
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- First Place Men's Team (ddr-one-1-115)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- First Place Men's Team (ddr-one-1-115)
Black and white photographic negative of the first place men's team at the Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. Man holding trophy identified as John Asahara from Tacoma; it is possible that the winning team was from Seattle-Tacoma.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-188)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-188)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in front of a large crowd on a hill. From left to right dancers in right hand line: Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, Shiz (Fujita) Inaba, Ben Kasubuchi, Eddie Tamiyasu, Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko (Matsuda) Sato. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 5
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 5 "Church Choir" (ddr-one-1-480)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 5 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside Bekins Storage, a sign for Edwards Furniture is visible in background. A church choir sits on a float made of white flowers with a open bible made of flowers that has the words "Holy Bible" written in …
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-387)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-387)
Black and white photographic negative of five people sitting around a picnic table during a community picnic at Viking Park hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: Robert “Bob” Sunamoto, Jack Ouchida, Yosh Hasuike, Sachi Hasuike and unidentified.
Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-412)
img Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-412)
Black and white photographic negative of Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando speaking to a large seated audience, inside the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple) at Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration).
Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) at Oregon Buddhist Church (ddr-one-1-401)
img Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) at Oregon Buddhist Church (ddr-one-1-401)
Black and white photographic negative of a crowd at Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) at Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple).
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 7
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 7 "Hillsboro JC" (ddr-one-1-553)
Color slide of Portland Rose Parade float 7 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Chinese Medicine Building. The float is made of cream flowers and has a large automobile on top made of red and orange flowers, a red ribbon hangs off the windshield. Two men and one woman ride inside …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 40
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 40 "Mother Goose" (ddr-one-1-461)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 40 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Shoreline Hotel and Anchor Inn. In the background the sign for the Blue Eagle Cafe is visible. The float depicts the story "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe." Children are on the front of …
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-280)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-280)
Black and white photographic negative of Fukiyo Masuda 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.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Pistol Creek Fire Department (ddr-one-1-179)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Pistol Creek Fire Department (ddr-one-1-179)
Color slide of the Pistol Creek Fire Department pulling along a small wagon in front of a crowd outside the Blue Eagle Cafe on W Burnside and NW Second Ave. A sign for Dr. Geo Chan office is visible in the background. The men are dressed in red long-johns and rubber boots. The Rose Festival Parade …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Baton twirler (ddr-one-1-549)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Baton twirler (ddr-one-1-549)
Color slide of a girl in a red uniform and white boots marching down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside Chinese Medicine Co. building near NW Second Ave in the Portland Rose Festival Parade. She is twirling a baton. In the background a marching band in red uniforms is visible. The Portland Rose Festival …
Obon Festival- Obon dancers (ddr-one-1-212)
img Obon Festival- Obon dancers (ddr-one-1-212)
Black and white photographic negative of four Obon dancers posed for the camera in front of a crowd. From left to right: Chieko Yoshihara, Hisano Sakamoto, Sakae Kobayashi, and Kaoru Funatake. 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 …
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