The Pendleton Round-Up in the 1930s, festivals in the 1950s and Portland streets covered in snow almost a century ago are a few of the scenes captured on film by a Japanese American family living in the Pacific Northwest.
The Tsuboi family lived in the Pacific Northwest over multiple generations, according to a news release from the Oregon Historical Society.
Husband and wife Teruo and Suma Tsuboi emigrated from Okayama, Japan, to Portland in the early 20th century and had four children together. Teruo and his brother ran a store on Burnside Street, selling Western-style clothing and jewelry to people coming from Japan. After World War II they added an optometrist exam room to the store. Their movies document their families’ trips to events such as the Pendleton Round-Up, Rose Festival parades, a Japanese baseball team playing at Civic Stadium and more.
The Japanese American Museum of Oregon helped identify and promote the films.
“The Tsuboi films provide a magical window into Portland’s past,” said Lucy Capehart, director of collections and exhibits at the museum. “The films also show that Japanese Americans have been part of Portland’s social fabric for generations; participating in the Rose Festival parade, riding a bike down a neighborhood street and playing baseball.”