Preparation

On March 2, 1942, Public Proclamation No. 1 began to appear on telephone poles and buildings. This was the first official notice Japanese Americans had of their immediate removal from the West Coast. The notices stated that they had six or seven days to prepare, and were to take only what they could carry. They were not told where they would be taken. People rushed to sell or store, in one week, property and belongings acquired over a lifetime. Some families tucked their valuables away in their attic or basement and locked the door, hoping to return soon.

World War II (27)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (40)
Preparation (248)

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Frank Emi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-9-2)
vh Frank Emi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1002-9-2)
Memories of mass removal: "it was kind of a frustrating and disappointing time"
Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-8-5)
vh Aiko Herzig Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-8-5)
Preparing for mass removal: "it was a hectic, frantic time for all the Japanese families"

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are ...

Nori Masuda Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1010-10-15)
vh Nori Masuda Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1010-10-15)
Preparing church and family's store for mass removal

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of ...

Bob Utsumi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1013-8-10)
vh Bob Utsumi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1013-8-10)
Father closes photography business after his cameras are confiscated
Grace F. Oshita Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1013-4-8)
vh Grace F. Oshita Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1013-4-8)
Difficulties after father's pickup by FBI; preparing for mass removal
Yoshio Matsumoto Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1014-1-8)
vh Yoshio Matsumoto Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1014-1-8)
Preparing for mass removal while at Berkeley, finding out personal letters had been turned over to the government
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-152-14)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-152-14)
Family reactions in the months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor; sister hastily getting married
Kay Matsuoka Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-48-18)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-48-18)
Preparing for mass removal: one suitcase, duffel bag, and care package
Joe Yamakido Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-167-6)
vh Joe Yamakido Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-167-6)
Personal reactions to mass removal, family's economic losses: "I was bitter"
Japanese Americans in field (ddr-densho-151-308)
img Japanese Americans in field (ddr-densho-151-308)
Original caption: Near Mission San Jose, California. Family of Japanese ancestry laboring in their strawberry field at opening of harvest season. Note the distant Coast Range Hills and their farm homes and buildings that can be seen at the end of the strawberry rows. Evacuation is due in a few days.
Closed Japanese American store (ddr-densho-151-43)
img Closed Japanese American store (ddr-densho-151-43)
Original WRA caption: Oakland, California. Following evacuation orders, this store, at 13th and Franklin streets, was closed. The owner, a University of California graduate of Japanese descent, placed the "I AM AMERICAN" sign on the store front on Dec. 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority ...
Issei farmers returning to work (ddr-densho-151-240)
img Issei farmers returning to work (ddr-densho-151-240)
Original caption: Byron, California. Laborers of Japanese ancestry are returning to large-scale asparagus ranch after interview at Wartime Civil Control Administration station regarding their evacuation which is due in three days.
Mass removal sale (ddr-densho-151-81)
img Mass removal sale (ddr-densho-151-81)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. A close-out sale- prior to evacuation- at store operated by proprietor of Japanese ancestry on Grant Avenue in Chinatown. The evacuees of Japanese descent will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Moving van ready to load baggage (ddr-densho-151-94)
img Moving van ready to load baggage (ddr-densho-151-94)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. The mioving van backs up to the curb to load possessions of residents of Japanese ancestry who are being evacuated from this flat building on Post Street. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-115)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-115)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. In response to the Army's Exclusion Order Number 20, residents of Japanese ancestry appear at Civil Control Station at 2031 Bush Street, for registration. The evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-100)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-100)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Residents of Japanese ancestry file forms containing personal data, two days before evacuation, at Wartime Civil Control Administration station. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Mass removal processing center (ddr-densho-36-13)
img Mass removal processing center (ddr-densho-36-13)
Original caption from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Novel audience--Scene in the old theater at 1319 Rainier Ave. which has been converted into a civil control station for evacuation of Japanese from Seattle this week. The Japanese passed from table to table and when the "show" was over they were ready for their trip to the assembly center ...
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-18)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-18)
Preparing for mass removal: finding a neighbor to take care of property
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-98-18)
vh Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-98-18)
Impact of mass removal on family business, selling at a loss, "we never recovered from, really..."
Frank S. Fujii Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-8-9)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-8-9)
Preparing for mass removal, experiencing racism

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

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