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The journey

The journey from temporary "assembly centers" to permanent concentration camps was a difficult and disorienting experience. Japanese Americans were transported in buses and trains to desolate regions of the country guarded by armed soldiers. Forced to keep the window shades drawn, camp inmates were unaware of where they were going, and were often shocked by the harsh landscape upon arrival.

World War II (66)
Concentration camps (618)
The journey (99)

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James Sakamoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-9)
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Remembering the train ride to Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas, helping to set up the camp

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-154-10)
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Memories of the bus trip from Burbank, California, to Manzanar concentration camp, California: a pit stop in the desert
May K. Sasaki Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-79-16)
vh May K. Sasaki Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-79-16)
The train ride to Minidoka; memories of physical setting, windstorms
Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-42-8)
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The trip to Minidoka concentration camp: dirty old trains...

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

Ike Hatchimonji Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-381-10)
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Traveling by train to Heart Mountain

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.

Fumiko M. Noji Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-72-31)
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Traveling from Puyallup Assembly Center to Tule Lake by train
Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-172-20)
vh Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-172-20)
Remembering the train ride from assembly center to concentration camp
Min Tonai Interview I Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-354-25)
vh Min Tonai Interview I Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-354-25)
The journey to Amache by train

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.

Edith Watanabe Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-101-12)
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Train ride to Tule Lake concentration camp: "that was horrible"
George Yoshida Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-132-23)
vh George Yoshida Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-132-23)
Arrival at Poston concentration camp: registering, filling own mattress with straw
Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-290-19)
vh Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-290-19)
The train ride to Heart Mountain

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.

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