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 (34)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (46)
Preparation (248)

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Matsue Watanabe Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1001-9-5)
vh Matsue Watanabe Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1001-9-5)
Preparing for mass removal; feeling humiliated in school: "we were placed to look like bad people"
Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1001-7-5)
vh Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1001-7-5)
Family's efforts to help Japanese Americans store their belongings during mass removal
Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1011-7-1)
vh Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1011-7-1)
Preparing 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 the Interior.

Yoneko Hara Interview Segment 11 (ddr-one-7-22-11)
vh Yoneko Hara Interview Segment 11 (ddr-one-7-22-11)
Preparing 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 the Interior.

Seichi Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-14-14)
vh Seichi Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-14-14)
Deciding what to take and what to leave behind during mass removal
Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-123-9)
Preparing for mass removal: fortunate to find people to take care of home and belongings

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

Issei preparing farm for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-270)
img Issei preparing farm for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-270)
Original caption: Woodland, California. This mother of Japanese ancestry is ready with her family of ten, to leave their farm the following morning in compliance with Civilian Exclusion Order. The figure in the background is a Negro laborer employed by the new tenants who have taken over the farm and are now operating it.
Japanese Americans waiting to register for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-239)
img Japanese Americans waiting to register for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-239)
Original caption: Byron, California. Laborers of Japanese ancestry from a large-scale asparagus ranch are at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station awaiting their return to be interviewed prior to evacuation.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-132)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-132)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Lining up before Japanese American Citizens League auditorium at 2031 Bush Street to register for evacuation. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Issei farmer and government employee discuss mass removal (ddr-densho-151-136)
img Issei farmer and government employee discuss mass removal (ddr-densho-151-136)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Harry Konda, farmer, discusses evacuation details with a representation of the Farm Security Administration. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-111)
img Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-111)
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. Evacuees were later transferred to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-80)
img Registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-80)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. Bush Street, San Francisco. Japanese family heads and persons living alone form a line outside Civil Control station located in the Japanese American Citizens League Auditorium at 2031 Bush Street, to appear for "processing" in response to Civilian Exclusion Order Number 20.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-134)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-134)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. The residents of Japanese appear at 2031 Bush Street, for information on evacuation. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Family preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-232)
img Family preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-232)
Original caption: San Fransico, California. Street scene in Japanese quarter on day preceding evacuation to assembly center. Their household effects will be stored.
Signs advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-319)
img Signs advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-319)
Original caption: Sacramento, California. Evidence of evacuation is seen in the Japanese quarter two days prior to evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry from this city.
Schoolchildren with American flag (ddr-densho-151-53)
img Schoolchildren with American flag (ddr-densho-151-53)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. Flag of allegiance pledge at Raphael Weill Public School, Geary and Buchanan Streets. Children in families of Japanese ancestry were evacuated with their parents and will be housed for the duration in War Relocation Authority centers where facilities will be provided for them to continue their education.
JACL mass removal registration (ddr-densho-36-29)
img JACL mass removal registration (ddr-densho-36-29)
The Seattle chapter of the JACL conducted emergency "evacuation" registration on or about March 14, 1942.
Mutsu Homma Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-24-20)
vh Mutsu Homma Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-24-20)
Loss of privacy and dignity, strangers invite themselves in
Robert Coombs Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-146-11)
vh Robert Coombs Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-146-11)
Teaching high school after the outbreak of war, feeling sadness when Japanese American students were taken out of school
Aya Uenishi Medrud Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-213-9)
vh Aya Uenishi Medrud Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-213-9)
Deciding what to purchase and pack in preparation for mass removal
Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-107-12)
vh Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-107-12)
Preparing for mass removal: selling the family business and packing for the unknown
Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-196-15)
vh Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-196-15)
Losing the family business after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Yukiko Miyake Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-49-24)
vh Yukiko Miyake Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-49-24)
Preparing for mass removal: struggles in husband's absence
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