"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.

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Family preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-266)
img Family preparing to board bus (ddr-densho-151-266)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. San Francisco residents of Japanese ancestry being checked by registration numbers and family groups prior to boarding buses which will take them to an Assembly center.
Father and children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-246)
img Father and children waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-246)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Residents of Japanese ancestry waiting for evacuation buses which will take them to the Tanforan Assembly center under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 28.
Japanese American waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-102)
img Japanese American waiting with baggage (ddr-densho-151-102)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. An early comer arrives with personal effects at 2020 Van Ness Avenue as part of the contingent of 664 residents of Japanese ancestry, first to be evacuated from San Francisco on April 6, 1942. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Fumiko Hayashida Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1001-1-2)
vh Fumiko Hayashida Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1001-1-2)
Memories of mass removal with two young children and pregnant with a third
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

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 ...

Sally Shimako Nishimori Kitano Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-5-7)
vh Sally Shimako Nishimori Kitano Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1001-5-7)
Preparing for removal and memories of "evacuation day"

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 ...

Kay Sakai Nakao Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-3-4)
vh Kay Sakai Nakao Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-3-4)
Seeing the camp site for the first time: "My heart sank down to my toes"
Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1013-6-7)
vh Helen Harano Christ Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1013-6-7)
Unable to participate in school's May Day celebration because of mass removal
Richard M. Murakami Interview Segment 5 (ddr-manz-1-161-5)
vh Richard M. Murakami Interview Segment 5 (ddr-manz-1-161-5)
Memories of "evacuation day," arriving at the Marysville Assembly Center, California
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-152-16)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-152-16)
Memories of mass removal as a child: just happy that the family was allowed to stay together
Shosuke Sasaki Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-78-13)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-78-13)
Mass removal from Seattle: memories of a small act of kindness
Joseph Frisino Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-117-19)
vh Joseph Frisino Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-117-19)
A soldier's desire to shoot Japanese Americans while ushering them to concentration camps

Mr. Frisino was suffering from a slight cough during the two days of this interview.

Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-80)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-34-80)
Kikuyo (back left) and Henry Takayoshi wait at the Eagledale ferry dock with their children (left to right), Shizue, Mieko, Kiyo, and Takoto. In the background are (left to right): Lilly Kojima, Takiko Kojima, Iku Amatatsu and Kuniko Chihara. A special ferry transported them from Bainbridge Island to Seattle.
Family on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-34-149)
img Family on day of mass removal (ddr-densho-34-149)
Shigeko Kitamoto and her children say goodbye to friends on the day of exclusion from their home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Front, left to right: Ilohio Narte (kneeling) holding Frank Kitamoto. Back, left to right: An unidentified man holding Jane Kitamoto, Lilly Kitamoto, Shigeko Kitamoto, Frances Kitamoto and Felix Narte. The Nartes had worked for Mrs ...
Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-19)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-19)
Yoshie Terayama (left) and Ritsuko Terayama (middle) with a friend from school. Original museum cataloging information: Japanese-American women with Caucasian woman at assembly point.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-20)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-20)
Japanese Americans walk down the Eagledale ferry dock to catch a special ferry to Seattle.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-16)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-16)
Sumiko Furuta of Bainbridge Island, Washington, on a special ferry to Seattle. From Seattle, she will board a train headed for Manzanar Assembly Center, California.
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