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.

World War II (66)
Leaving camp (124)
Returning home (934)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Alien land laws, Hood River incident, Kazuo Masuda, Return to West Coast

934 items
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Admission Table (ddr-one-1-113)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Admission Table (ddr-one-1-113)
Black and white photographic negative of three women sitting at the Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance Admission table at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. From left to right: Frances (Kinoshita) Mayeda, Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, Sumi "Sue" (Kaga) Hasegawa.
Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-405)
img Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-405)
Black and white photographic negative of an Odori folk dance on stage for Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) at Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple). Dancers front row from right to left: Mary (Nakata) Fujii and Shiz (Fujita) Inaba.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 28
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 28 "Truck 3" (ddr-one-1-160)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 28 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Blue Eagle Cafe on the corner of W Burnside and NW Second Ave. The float is of a large fireman's helmet with "Truck 3 PDF" written in flowers on the front. The Rose Festival Parade is an …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 12
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 12 "Seattle Seafair" (ddr-one-1-497)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 12 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 up of two parts, first part of the float has two riders sitting …
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-194)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-194)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers with both arms raised in front of a crowd. From left to right: Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Tom Tsujimura, Phyllis Midori (Ando) Muramatsu, Shizuko "Shiz" (Ninomiya) Onishi, Toraichi Kobayashi, Hisako (Onishi) Saito, and Henry Matsunaga. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known …
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-265)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-265)
Black and white photographic negative of six Obon dancers sitting and smiling for the camera. From left to right: Aki (Shiraishi) Dong, Mary (Nakata) Fujii, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Betty Nakashimada, and Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) …
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-270)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-270)
Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified dancer posing for the camera in front of mostly empty bleachers. 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 Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-415)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-415)
Black and white photographic negative of guests at the Northwest Buddhist Convention banquet dinner in the basement of the Seattle Buddhist Church. Sitting third from the right is Shiz (Fujita) Inaba, sitting opposite is Yosh Tanabe.
Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar (ddr-one-1-110)
img Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar (ddr-one-1-110)
Black and white photographic negative of the game booths and crowd at the Oregon Buddhist Church's Annual Lotus Bazaar. The Oregon Buddhist Church is now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple. For print please see ONLC 4945 (ddr-one-1-716)
Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-340)
img Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-340)
Black and white photographic negative of unidentified Nisei sitting on sofas at Epworth United Methodist Church. This photograph may have been taken during the Northwest Methodist Rally. Original print ONLC 3262 (ddr-one-1-438).
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 6
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 6 "Robert Bros" (ddr-one-1-502)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 6 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 has four visible riders, three dressed in purple gowns, one dressed in a white wedding …
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-220)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-220)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers holding "uchiwa" (fan) above their heads in front of large crowd. From left to right line: Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, and Nami (Miura) Koida, all others unidentified. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the …
Portland Rose Festival Parade Float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade Float- "Timber Carnival" (ddr-one-1-552)
Color slide of a float in the Rose Festival Parade driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline and Grant Hotels. The float is made of green foliage and has a large log with a lumberjack made of red and blue flowers on top. The sign on the side of the log …
Rose tray (ddr-one-1-526)
img Rose tray (ddr-one-1-526)
Color slide of two young girls in purple costumes kneeling and holding a large tray of pink rose buds with ribbons tied around their stems. The girls are kneeling before 1951 Rose Festival Queen Gloria Krieger who is dressed in a white jacket and hat and sitting in a golden chair. The woman holds a small …
Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar (ddr-one-1-105)
img Oregon Buddhist Church Annual Lotus Bazaar (ddr-one-1-105)
Black and white photographic negative of a crowd and banners at the Oregon Buddhist Church's Annual Lotus Bazaar (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple). Man in crowd with legs crossed talking to two unidentified women is Sam "Pompadour Sam" Sasaki. For print please see ONLC 4946 (ddr-one-1-717)
Northwest Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-431)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-431)
Black and white photographic negative of two Nisei women standing behind set banquet tables. From left to right: Noriko (Ichikawa) Kurashige, and May Matsumoto.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 24
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 24 "Big Top" (ddr-one-1-134)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 24 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside W.L. Reid Company Building Hardware Specialties. The float has a circus theme with a clown riding backwards on a donkey made of brown and yellow flowers, with two women dressed in blue sitting on tight ropes, and a …
Portland Rose Festival Parade Float-
img Portland Rose Festival Parade Float- "Tight rope or bridge, Portland to Camas" (ddr-one-1-151)
Color slide of a Rose Festival Parade float driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Shoreline Hotel and Anchor Inn. Float depicts the crossing from Portland, Oregon to Camas, Washington with a tightrope walker standing on the Portland side holding a white parasol. Sign above float reads "Tight rope or bridge, Portland …
Portland Rose Festival Parade Float (ddr-one-1-460)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade Float (ddr-one-1-460)
Color slide of a Rose Festival Parade float driving down W Burnside in front of the Anchor Inn, Sailors Union of the Pacific, and the Grant Hotel. The float is made of orange and cream flowers, a woman in a pink gown stands under an arbor, and a man dressed as a caveman lays on float …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Cowgirl (ddr-one-1-481)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Cowgirl (ddr-one-1-481)
Color slide of a cowgirl on palomino horse. The cowgirl is dressed in a pink riding suit and waving her hat at the camera. Float with a church choir is visible in the background in front of the W.L. Reid Company. The Portland Rose Festival Parade is an annual event in which floats are made out …
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-414)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet (ddr-one-1-414)
Black and white photographic negative of guests at the Northwest Buddhist Convention banquet dinner in the basement of the Seattle Buddhist Church. Sitting on the far left is Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai) Ota Okazaki.
Reed College (ddr-one-1-365)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-365)
Black and white photographic print of Ayame Ogimi playing ukulele for two unidentified friends in her dorm room at Reed College. Negative ONLC 3185 (ddr-one-1-367).
Couple eating dessert (ddr-one-1-432)
img Couple eating dessert (ddr-one-1-432)
Black and white photographic negative of Ruth (Komachi) Muramatsu and George Muramatsu enjoying a dessert at the end of a long table with chairs stacked up on the table.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 21
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 21 "Assoc. Restaurants of Oregon" (ddr-one-1-538)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 21 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside the Blue Eagle Café on the corner of NW Second Ave. The float has two women and one man riding on it waving at the crowd. The float is made of white flowers and green foliage. On the …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 39 (ddr-one-1-462)
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 39 (ddr-one-1-462)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 39 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Shoreline Hotel and Anchor Inn. In the background a sign for the Blue Eagle Cafe is visible. The float is of a large rainbow with women dressed in each color sitting around the top of the …
API