The journey

The journey to temporary "assembly centers" was a difficult and disorienting experience. After gathering at designated locations, Japanese Americans were met by armed soldiers and transported in buses, private cars, and trains to sixteen temporary "assembly centers." When they arrived at their new homes -- often hastily refurbished fairgrounds and racetracks -- they were shocked to see barbed-wire fences, guard towers, and searchlights.

World War II (66)
Temporary Assembly Centers (93)
The journey (108)

108 items
img "Family leaving for the Pomona Assembly Center" (ddr-densho-242-14)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "May 1942, Covina, CA. Family leaving for the Pomona Assembly Center."
Two teen boys (ddr-densho-242-9)
img Two teen boys (ddr-densho-242-9)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Ike and Mike on day of departure to a camp May 1942."
Drawing of the laundry buildings at Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-392-10)
doc Drawing of the laundry buildings at Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-392-10)
Caption written by Kenneth Iyeki: "These are the laundry buildings from which all the internees left for Topaz, Utah. As the time for the trip to Utah neared, fences were put up around these three makeshift structures and people were leaving the camp every day like herds of cattle."
Harry Ueno Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-7-9)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1002-7-9)
The day of mass removal: traveling to Manzanar, California, by bus

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 typically not life ...

Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-5-8)
vh Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-5-8)
The journey to Pinedale Assembly Center, California

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 typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing ...

Taylor Tomita Interview Segment 10 (ddr-one-7-61-10)
vh Taylor Tomita Interview Segment 10 (ddr-one-7-61-10)
Memories of the train ride to the assembly center

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 ...

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 19 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-19)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 19 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-19)
Journey to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California; description of conditions
Eddie Owada Interview Segment 14 (ddr-manz-1-37-14)
vh Eddie Owada Interview Segment 14 (ddr-manz-1-37-14)
Vivid memories of the trip to Pinedale Assembly Center, California
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 36 (ddr-densho-1000-12-36)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 36 (ddr-densho-1000-12-36)
The trip to Pinedale Assembly Center, California: a quiet and depressing train ride
Ted Kitayama Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-334-12)
vh Ted Kitayama Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-334-12)
The train ride to camp

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.

Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-42-7)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-42-7)
Traveling to Puyallup Assembly Center, first impressions

Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.

Frank Kitamoto Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-35-11)
vh Frank Kitamoto Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-35-11)
Memories of the trip to Manzanar concentration camp, California
Chizuko Norton Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-73-17)
vh Chizuko Norton Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-73-17)
Traveling to Pinedale Assembly Center, California: a dirty train ride
Fumiko Hayashida Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-15-20)
vh Fumiko Hayashida Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-15-20)
Flag waving and pulled blinds on the train ride to Manzanar
Elsie Uyematsu Osajima Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-451-7)
vh Elsie Uyematsu Osajima Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-451-7)
Seeing a teacher on the day of mass removal: "For me it was very humiliating"
George Yoshida Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-132-22)
vh George Yoshida Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-132-22)
Preparing for mass removal: destroying Japanese cultural items, bringing popular music records; traveling to Poston concentration camp, Arizona
Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-294-16)
vh Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-294-16)
The journey by train to camp: talking back to an MP

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 ...

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