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 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.
Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-341)
img Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-341)
Black and white photographic negative of Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church most likely during the Northwest Methodist Rally. Nisei are gathered around a table filling out sheets of paper. Standing at the head of the table leaning over the table is Elsie (Morita) Onishi. Standing on the left side of the table, leaning over filling …
Nisei Bowling League Women's Team (ddr-one-1-128)
img Nisei Bowling League Women's Team (ddr-one-1-128)
Original black and white photographic print 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. Negative ONLC …
Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Procession (ddr-one-1-49)
img Oregon Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration Procession (ddr-one-1-49)
Color slide of procession in front of the US Customs House in Northwest Portland. Women in brightly colored kimonos or yukatas form two lines. Followed by four more women in somber colored kimonos or yukatas. Procession from left to right: Betty Nakashimada, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Jean Matsumoto, Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, …
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-313)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-313)
Black and white photographic negative of two Obon dancers in costume. From left to right: Joyce (Sasaki) Olsen and Susanne Mineko (Sasaki) Myers. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Record DJ (ddr-one-1-97)
img Record DJ (ddr-one-1-97)
Black and white photographic negative of Jayne (Katada) Furukawa at a record table with 78 rpm records. She and Oscar Murahashi are exchanging a record.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-219)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-219)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing before a crowd. First woman in crowd on left side: Marian Hara. Obon dancers left line from right to left: Haru Fujii, Tamuro Miura, and Nobuko Yoshida. Obon dancers right line from right to left: Jimmy Yoshida. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist …
Valentine's Day potluck at Oregon Buddhist Church (ddr-one-1-61)
img Valentine's Day potluck at Oregon Buddhist Church (ddr-one-1-61)
Color slide of young men and women filling plates at Valentine's Day potluck at Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). From left to right: Ben Ishida, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Frances (Kinoshita) Mayeda, and Arthur "Art" Ojiro Sasaki.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-215)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-215)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing before a crowd. Obon dancers from left to right: Susanne Mineko (Sasaki) Myer, Susan Shizuko (Yoshida) Kurimoto, Mrs. Okayama, unidentified, Mary Yamaguchi, Jean (Tsujimura) Takashima, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Noburo Takashima, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, remaining dancer unidentified. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 43
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 43 "Kiwanis" (ddr-one-1-159)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 43 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel. The sign for the Blue Eagle Cafe is visible in the background as well as a woman dressed in a Native American costume riding a Paint horse. The float is a large clown head with …
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