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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Nihonmachi during mass removal (ddr-densho-36-12)
img Nihonmachi during mass removal (ddr-densho-36-12)
This is a window front in Seattle's Nihonmachi during the mass removal. Once the incarceration became inevitable, "evacuation" sales were commonplace. Japanese Americans, unsure of the future and knowing they could take into the camps only what they could carry, were forced to sell their real and personal property in one week. Many buyers, knowing ...
JACL mass removal registration (ddr-densho-36-30)
img JACL mass removal registration (ddr-densho-36-30)
The Seattle chapter of the JACL conducted emergency "evacuation" registration on or about March 14, 1942.
Packing items for the mass removal (ddr-densho-36-50)
img Packing items for the mass removal (ddr-densho-36-50)
This mother and daughter pack their belongings in preparation for mass removal.
Document from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-72-41)
doc Document from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-72-41)
Document titled "Pertinent Facts About Relocation Centers and Americans of Japanese Ancestry," from page of scrabook titled "Scrapbook: 1943-45."
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-14)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-14)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing life on the farm and going to Puyallup "Camp Harmony" Assembly Center.
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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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.
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.
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 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.
Last washday before mass removal (ddr-densho-151-179)
img Last washday before mass removal (ddr-densho-151-179)
Original caption: San Lorenzo, California. Washday 48 hours before evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry from this community in Santa Clara County. Evacuees wil be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
June T. Watanabe Interview Segment 4 (ddr-manz-1-160-4)
vh June T. Watanabe Interview Segment 4 (ddr-manz-1-160-4)
Community atmosphere following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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