"Evacuation Day"

On the appointed "evacuation day," thousands of Japanese Americans gathered at designated locations, with the numbered identification tags they had been issued tied to their coats. Watched by curious onlookers, they were met by armed soldiers and transported in buses, private cars, and trains to sixteen temporary "assembly centers" in California, Washington, Oregon, and Arizona.

"Evacuation Day" (217)

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Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-112-16)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-112-16)
Mass removal to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington with seven children (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Scrapbook (ddr-densho-361-1)
img Scrapbook (ddr-densho-361-1)
Written on tape on cover: "This scrapbook is original--1942 Nobuko Omoto (Sakai) Bainbridge Island, WA. Please handle with care."
Soldier carrying Japanese American girl (ddr-densho-34-150)
img Soldier carrying Japanese American girl (ddr-densho-34-150)
Frances Kitamoto is held by a U.S. army soldier during the exclusion of the Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-147)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-147)
These Japanese Americans are waiting for army trucks to take them to the Eagledale ferry dock on Bainbridge Island, Washington. From there, a special ferry will take them to Seattle, where they will be transferred to a train bound for the Manzanar concentration camp in California.
Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-199)
img Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-199)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Farm families of Japanese ancestry awaiting the evacuation buses which will take them to the Tanforan Assembly center along with 595 others evacuated from this district under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 34.
Issei woman standing near
img Issei woman standing near "evacuation schedule" (ddr-densho-151-189)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Awaiting evacuation bus. Posters in Background list of families, buses to which they are assigned, and departure times. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Family during mass removal (ddr-densho-151-39)
img Family during mass removal (ddr-densho-151-39)
Original WRA caption: Hayward, California. Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus. Identification tags are used to aid in keeping the family unit intact during all phases of evacuation. Mochida operated a nursery and five greenhouses on a two-acre site in Eden Township. He raised snapdragons and sweet peas. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be ...
Issei woman waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-193)
img Issei woman waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-193)
Original caption: Centerville, California. This farm mother of Japanese ancestry is awaiting the evacuation buses which will take her and 595 others from this district to the Tanforan Assembly center.
Grandfather waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-46)
img Grandfather waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-46)
Original WRA caption: Hayward, California. Grandfather of Japanese ancestry waiting at local park for the arrival of evacuation bus which will take him and other evacuees to the Tanforan Assembly Center. He was engaged in the cleaning and Dyeing business in Hayward for many years.
Nisei boys reading while waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-187)
img Nisei boys reading while waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-187)
Original caption: Centerville, California. These school boys read the "funnies" while awaiting evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Children wearing
img Children wearing "evacuation tags" (ddr-densho-151-54)
Original WRA caption: Hayward, California. Two children of the Mochida family who, with their parents, are awaiting evacuation bus. The youngster on the right holds a sandwich given her by one of a group of women who where present from a local Church. The family unit is kept intact during evacuation and at War Relocation Authority ...
Children wearing
img Children wearing "evacuation tags" (ddr-densho-151-450)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Two children of the Mochida family who, with their parents are awaiting evacuation bus. The youngster on the right holds a sandwich given her by one of a group of women who were present from a local church. The family unit is kept intact during evacuation and at War Relocation Authority centers ...
Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-327)
img Japanese Americans waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-327)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Mr. and Mrs. Kitagaki with two of their children at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station a few minutes before departure by bus for Tanforan Assembly center. A local church member is handing Kimiko a pamphlet expressing the good wishes of the church toward the departing evacuees. Mr. Kitagaki, prior to evacuation ...
Child wearing
img Child wearing "evacuation tag" (ddr-densho-151-185)
Original caption: Centerville, California. This youngster is awaiting evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Boy looking for name on
img Boy looking for name on "evacuation schedule" (ddr-densho-151-192)
Original caption: Centerville, California. These posters on the outside wall of the Japanese American Citizens League quarters list families of Japanese ancestry names and buses to which they have been assigned for evacuation to the Assembly center. This boy is finding his family place.
Japanese Americans waving goodbye (ddr-densho-151-259)
img Japanese Americans waving goodbye (ddr-densho-151-259)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Inhabitants of the Japanese section wave farewell at the departure of their friends and neighbors whom they are soon to follow to Tanforan Assembly center. This bus contains some of the 660 persons to be evacuated on this day. In three more days these streets will be deserted of persons of ...
Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-457)
img Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-457)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Evacuees at the Wartime Civil Control Administration Control station awaiting evacuation bus for Tanforan Assembly center under Cicilian Exclusion Order Number 28. Woman standing in background is a local Caucasian church worker assisting in the evacuation.
Issei man boarding the bus (ddr-densho-151-108)
img Issei man boarding the bus (ddr-densho-151-108)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Just about to step into the bus for the Assembly center.
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