Nisei

The Nisei (second generation) felt the pull of two cultures. American born, attending public schools, and influenced by American popular culture, they shared the same idols, favorite songs and sports heroes as most other children of their generation. Wanting to fit in, many Nisei with Japanese first names dropped them for Western ones that their non-Japanese friends could easily pronounce. Yet, most grew up in Japanese neighborhoods, and their parents taught them the customs and values of the old country.

Nisei (1415)

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Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-17)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-17)
Original black and white photographic print of the Sorelles, a high school social group. Left to right: Grace (Ebihara) Akiyama, Betty Nakashimada, Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, Nami (Miura) Koida, Masae “Elsie” (Morita) Onishi, Beti ann (Minamoto) Wantroba, Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka, Betty Ishida, Elsie Okazaki, Agnes (Inouye) Kitayama, Atsuko "Alice" Kida, Astuko "Alice" (Matsumoto) Ando, Jean Matsumoto ...
Reed College (ddr-one-1-353)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-353)
Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi leaning against a railing posing for the camera. This photographic negative was taken at Reed College where Ayame was a student.
Kenji (ddr-one-1-625)
img Kenji (ddr-one-1-625)
Black and white photographic negative of a young Nisei man (possibly Kenji Onishi based on notes written on envelope) sitting a table with skis leaning on the wall behind him.
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Penny pitch (ddr-one-1-89)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Penny pitch (ddr-one-1-89)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). Young men pitching pennies. Left to right: Ko Hirata, Thomas "Tom" Fujita, Ko Tambara, Frank Furukawa Jr.
Meeting (ddr-one-1-684)
img Meeting (ddr-one-1-684)
Black and white photographic negative of an three unidentified Nisei sitting around a table covered in papers. Man at the center to the image is smiling and reaching into his inside jacket pocket.
Buried in the Sand (ddr-one-1-608)
img Buried in the Sand (ddr-one-1-608)
Black and white photographic negative of Aki (Shiraishi) Dong's legs buried in the sand at a beach trip planned by the Sorelles (a high school social club). Behind her are parked cars with unidentified Nisei walking by.
Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-12)
img Sorelles Group Photo (ddr-one-1-12)
Black and white photographic negative 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, Kathleen ...
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- First Place Women's Team (ddr-one-1-116)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- First Place Women's Team (ddr-one-1-116)
Black and white photographic negative of the first place women's team at the Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. From left to right: Toshi (Tamiyasu) Fukuhara, Sachi (Nakata) Nakashima, Kathleen Sasaki, Kimi Tambara, and Florence “Flo” (Anazawa) Teshima. Sitting inside a booth on the far left ...
Reed College (ddr-one-1-352)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-352)
Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi leaning back in a chair reading a book with her feet resting on a desk. The picture was taken at Reed College, most likely in the common area of her dorm, where Ayame attended school.
Sitting on a Wall (ddr-one-1-645)
img Sitting on a Wall (ddr-one-1-645)
Black and white photographic print of an unidentified Nisei man sitting on a wall in front of a parked car at the Oregon Coast. For negative please see ONLC 4875 (ddr-one-1-646)
Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-326)
img Nisei at Epworth United Methodist Church (ddr-one-1-326)
Black and white photographic negative of Nisei women at Epworth United Methodist Church rolling up newspapers, possibly during the Northwest Methodist Rally. From left to right: Martha (Kondo) Miyasaki, Miriam (Koyama) Kiso, Grace (Sakano) Robbs, Jean Yasuko (Kida) Tomita, unidentified, and Masae "Elsie" (Morita) Onishi. For print please see ONLC 3145 (ddr-one-1-327).
Reed College (ddr-one-1-366)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-366)
Black and white photographic print of Ayame Ogimi playing ukulele for two unidentified friends in her dorm room at Reed College. Negative ONLC 3186 (ddr-one-1-368).
Reed College (ddr-one-1-368)
img Reed College (ddr-one-1-368)
Black and white photographic negative of Ayame Ogimi playing ukulele for two unidentified friends in her dorm room at Reed College. Original print ONLC 3184 (ddr-one-1-366)
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-44)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-44)
Black and white photographic negative of bride and groom, Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto and Sam Sakamoto, in front of the alter, bride's train twisted and on the stairs. Original print ONLC 2806 (ddr-one-1-33).
Nisei man (ddr-one-1-599)
img Nisei man (ddr-one-1-599)
Black and white photographic negative of an unidentified Nisei man standing in front of a wall.
Human Pyramid (ddr-one-1-666)
img Human Pyramid (ddr-one-1-666)
Black and white photographic negative of three unidentified Nisei girls forming a human pyramid at the beach.
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-314)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-314)
Black and white photographic negative of Susan Shizuko (Yoshida) Kurimoto posing with a tenugui (light cotton towel). Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Sitting on the Beach (ddr-one-1-614)
img Sitting on the Beach (ddr-one-1-614)
Black and white photographic negative of Lillian (Niimi) Mikariya sitting on the beach looking to the right wrapped in a striped towel.
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couples seated (ddr-one-1-126)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couples seated (ddr-one-1-126)
Black and white photographic negative of couples sitting in booth around two tables at the Third Annual Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. Both couples are posing for the camera. Left to right: Barbara Sono Uyesugi, Koji Sono, Molly (Yamase) Sono and Tom Sono.
Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couples seated (ddr-one-1-120)
img Third Annual Oregon Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance- Couples seated (ddr-one-1-120)
Black and white photographic negative of couples sitting around two tables at the Third Annual Nisei Bowling League Tournament Dance at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. The couples are chatting and drinking, one of the bottles has a 7-up label. Couple in the center identified as Lillian (Wong) Okazaki and Mino Okazaki. Woman in front ...
Sitting on a Wall (ddr-one-1-647)
img Sitting on a Wall (ddr-one-1-647)
Black and white photographic negative of five Nisei sitting on a wall, one standing in front. From left to right: Shig Oka, Betty Nakashimada, Alice (Matsumoto) Ando, Misty (Kiyomura) Takeoka, Sumi "Sue" (Kaga) Hasegawa, and Shig Yuzuriha.
Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-374)
img Community Picnic (ddr-one-1-374)
Black and white photographic negative of Nisei 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: Kathleen "Kathie" Haruko (Matsuda) Sato, Roy Otsuki, and Rose Haruye (Muramatsu) Ouchida.
Nami at the Beach (ddr-one-1-633)
img Nami at the Beach (ddr-one-1-633)
Black and white photographic negative of Nami Matsushita Sasaki posing for the camera at the beach. In the background wearing swim trunks and a baseball glove is Arthur Ojiro "Art" Sasaki.
Frank Hirahara pulling rope (ddr-one-1-569)
img Frank Hirahara pulling rope (ddr-one-1-569)
Original photographic print of Frank Hirahara pulling a pulley rope of a sign.
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