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.

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Preparation (247)

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Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1002-4-17)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1002-4-17)
The night before mass removal: having to sleep on the floor, because furniture was gone
Louie Watanabe Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1010-1-26)
vh Louie Watanabe Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1010-1-26)
Taking a loss on family business prior to mass removal

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Mid-Columbia Bulletin Vol. VI (ddr-one-3-8)
doc Mid-Columbia Bulletin Vol. VI (ddr-one-3-8)
Mid-Columbia Bulletin newsletter. Vol. VI, April 22, 1942. Written by the J.A.C.L. (Japanese American Citizens League). Covers preparations for the incarceration of the Japanese American community, including packing, property sales, personal documents (e.g. wills, letters of recommendations, etc.), financial concerns, and other information regarding the evacuation order. Includes a description about what ...
Letter to George Kida from Major E.A. Steuding (ddr-one-3-16)
doc Letter to George Kida from Major E.A. Steuding (ddr-one-3-16)
Letter and envelope to George Kida from Major E. A. Steuding, the acting Provost Marshal for the State of the Oregon, informing George that his request for more information about the date of evacuation and the possibility of re-settlement in his letter written on May 19, 1942 could not be could not be answered by the ...
Henry Sakamoto Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-33-6)
vh Henry Sakamoto Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-33-6)
Preparing for mass removal: finding someone to take care of the hotel

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Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-152-15)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-152-15)
Some positive memories of supportive Caucasian neighbors in the time leading up to mass removal
Kay Matsuoka Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-48-28)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-48-28)
Preparing for mass removal: one suitcase, duffel bag, and care package
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 37 (ddr-densho-1000-153-37)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 37 (ddr-densho-1000-153-37)
Preparing for mass removal: helping employer's family, continuing to work as delivery boy

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who ...

Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-148-20)
vh Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-148-20)
Preparing for mass removal: sadness at selling belongings such as a piano, feeling a slight thrill when buying new suitcases
May Y. Namba Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-171-13)
vh May Y. Namba Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-171-13)
Volunteering with the JACL to help people prepare for mass removal
Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-259-9)
vh Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-259-9)
Given only forty-eight hours to prepare for mass removal

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Japanese American Citizens League bulletin board (ddr-densho-151-212)
img Japanese American Citizens League bulletin board (ddr-densho-151-212)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Bulletin board in Japanese American Citizens League office, during period when farmers of Japanese ancestry were preparing for evacuation. Farmers and other evacuees will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Government worker interviewing father and son (ddr-densho-151-218)
img Government worker interviewing father and son (ddr-densho-151-218)
Original caption: Lodi, California. Father and son give pre-evacuation information at wartime Civil Control Administration Station. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-133)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-133)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. The residents of Japanese ancestry appear at 2031 Bush Street for information on evacuation. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Farmer preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-269)
img Farmer preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-269)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Tenant farmer of Japanese ancestry who has just completed settlement of their affairs and everything is packed ready for evacuation on the following morning to an assembly center.
Father and son preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-273)
img Father and son preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-273)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Dave Tatsuno, graduate of University of California in 1936, is making preparations for evacuation which is due in a few days. In packing his possessions, he came across college notes and is shown re-reading them.
Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-110)
img Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-110)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. As a safeguard for health, evacuees of Japanese descent were inoculated as they registered for evacuation at 2031 Bush Street. Nurses and doctors also of Japanese ancestry, administered inoculations. Children were given special attention. Evacuees were later transferred to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Loading baggage onto truck (ddr-densho-151-180)
img Loading baggage onto truck (ddr-densho-151-180)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Piling baggage of evacuees from this Alameda County farming community on the day before evacuation to assembly centers. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be transferred later to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Sign advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-318)
img Sign advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-318)
Original caption: Sacramento, California. Preparations are being made for evacuation two days hence of all residents of Japanese ancestry from this city.
Family preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-235)
img Family preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-235)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. This family is preparing to move from their Bush Street home to an Assembly center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Mass removal sale (ddr-densho-151-78)
img Mass removal sale (ddr-densho-151-78)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. Shortly before evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry from the Post and Buchanan Streets neighborhood, San Francisco. This dry goods store is closing out its merchandise. Evacuees will be housed at War Relocation Authority centers for duration.
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