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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Letters from James Albert
doc Letters from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Kay and George Kida (ddr-one-3-74)
Envelope addressed to George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Contains a letter to George Kida and a letter to Miyuki "Kay" Kida from James Albert "Al" Johnson dated January 11, 1945. He wants George to come back to White Salmon to take over their land now that loyal Japanese are allowed to return to the West Coast. …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 9
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 9 "Dist 1" (ddr-one-1-477)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 9 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside the Grant Hotel and Blue Eagle Cafe. The float is of a pink and red school house with "Dist 1" written above the door in red. A yellow sign sits on the front with the number 9. …
Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 4
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- Float 4 "Portland Centennial" (ddr-one-1-444)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 4 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd outside Dr. Geo Chan's office and the Chinese Medicine Company. In the background a sign for a drug store can be seen. The float is of a large birthday cake with the words "Portland Centennial" on the side, on …
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-259)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-259)
Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified woman performing in front of a crowd 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.
Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-335)
img Buddhist Convention (ddr-one-1-335)
Black and white photographic negative of a large crowd of Buddhists gathered outside Collin's Field House in Seattle, Washington. Reverend Tatsuya Ichikawa sitting in right hand corner. First row far left: Kiku Fujita, fourth from left: Yasuko (Hashimoto) Morita. Second row: fifth from left is Irene (Fujii) Mano, sixth from left: Elaine Miyake. Fourth row directly …
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-15)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-15)
Black and white photographic negative of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Back Row (left to right): Elsie Okazaki, Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, Jean Matsumoto, Lillian (Niimi) Mikariya, Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida, Kathleen “Kathie” Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, Frances (Kinoshita) Mayeda, Grace Mieko (Muramatsu) Ouchida, and Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka. Third Row: Nami (Miura) Koida, Miriam (Koyama) …
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-245)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-245)
Black and white photographic negative of six Obon dancers posing for the camera holding small Japanese and American flags. From left to right: Eddie Tamiyasu, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, Jean (Tsujimura) Takashima, Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, Shizuko "Shiz" (Ochiai) Ota Okazaki, Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now …
Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet- Kitchen (ddr-one-1-420)
img Northwest Buddhist Convention Banquet- Kitchen (ddr-one-1-420)
Black and white photographic negative of guests at the Northwest Buddhist Convention banquet dinner in the basement of the Seattle Buddhist Church. Sitting from left to right at table in foreground: unidentified, Sumiye (Fukei) Kato, and Ken Kagita, others unidentified.
Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-404)
img Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) Odori Performance (ddr-one-1-404)
Black and white photographic negative of an Odori folk dance performance on a stage for Hanamatsuri (birth of Buddha celebration) at Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as the Oregon Buddhist Temple). Dancers on stage from left to right: Mary (Nakata) Fujii, Shiz (Fujita) Inaba.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 4
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 4 "Now I lay me down to sleep" (ddr-one-1-482)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 4 driving down W Burnside in front of a crowd gathered outside Bekins Storage, a sign for Edwards Furniture is visible in background. The float depicts a young girl praying at the edge of her bed. Along the side of the float reads "Now I lay me down." On …
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-39)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-39)
Original black and white photographic print of bride and groom standing and receiving guests. Left to Right: Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto.
Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 33
img Portland Rose Festival Parade- float 33 "General Petroleum" (ddr-one-1-514)
Color slide of Rose Festival Parade float 33 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 white and blue flowers, with a large red Pegasus flying over top. …
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.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-184)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-184)
Black and white photographic negative of the crowd and Obon dancers taken from behind the crowd. Obon dancers wave small Japanese and American flags. 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 image was taken at Holladay Park in …
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 …
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.
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-222)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-222)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing in front of a large crowd. Obon dancers left line: Tomi Tsujimura and Yukiye Itoyama. Obon dancers right line: Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando and Atsuko "Alice" Kida. All others unidentified. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) …
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-258)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-258)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers in three partial circles performing in front of a large crowd seated in bleachers. Inner circle: Tom Shigeto Tamiyasu. Middle circle foreground to background: Joan “Janice” (Nakayama) Kimoto, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, and Atsuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando. Outer circle: second from the front: Tomi Tsujimura. Obon is an annual …
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-290)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-290)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers wearing straw hats performing an Odori folk dance in front of a large crowd at Obon. Obon Dancers: second to the right Grace (Tachibana) Ishikawa, and third to the right Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko (Matsuda) Sato. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known …
Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-272)
img Obon Festival- Odori folk dance (ddr-one-1-272)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers performing in front of crowd. Man on far right identified as Tom Shigeto Tamiyasu. 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-1-340)
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).
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