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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Signs advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-319)
img Signs advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-319)
Original caption: Sacramento, California. Evidence of evacuation is seen in the Japanese quarter two days prior to evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry from this city.
Issei farmer and government employee discuss mass removal (ddr-densho-151-136)
img Issei farmer and government employee discuss mass removal (ddr-densho-151-136)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Harry Konda, farmer, discusses evacuation details with a representation of the Farm Security Administration. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-132)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-132)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Lining up before Japanese American Citizens League auditorium at 2031 Bush Street to register for evacuation. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans waiting to register for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-239)
img Japanese Americans waiting to register for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-239)
Original caption: Byron, California. Laborers of Japanese ancestry from a large-scale asparagus ranch are at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station awaiting their return to be interviewed prior to evacuation.
Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-111)
img Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-111)
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. Evacuees were later transferred to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-134)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-134)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. The residents of Japanese appear at 2031 Bush Street, for information on evacuation. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Schoolchildren with American flag (ddr-densho-151-53)
img Schoolchildren with American flag (ddr-densho-151-53)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. Flag of allegiance pledge at Raphael Weill Public School, Geary and Buchanan Streets. Children in families of Japanese ancestry were evacuated with their parents and will be housed for the duration in War Relocation Authority centers where facilities will be provided for them to continue their education.
Family preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-232)
img Family preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-232)
Original caption: San Fransico, California. Street scene in Japanese quarter on day preceding evacuation to assembly center. Their household effects will be stored.
Yoneko Hara Interview Segment 11 (ddr-one-7-22-11)
vh Yoneko Hara Interview Segment 11 (ddr-one-7-22-11)
Preparing for mass removal

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.

Matsue Watanabe Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1001-9-5)
vh Matsue Watanabe Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1001-9-5)
Preparing for mass removal; feeling humiliated in school: "we were placed to look like bad people"
Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1011-7-1)
vh Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1011-7-1)
Preparing for mass removal

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.

Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1001-7-5)
vh Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1001-7-5)
Family's efforts to help Japanese Americans store their belongings during mass removal
Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-123-9)
Preparing for mass removal: fortunate to find people to take care of home and belongings

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

Hitoshi
vh Hitoshi "Hank" Naito Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-286-9)
Father leaves fishing boat under the control of an Italian friend (audio-only)
Seichi Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-14-14)
vh Seichi Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-14-14)
Deciding what to take and what to leave behind during mass removal
Frank S. Fujii Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-8-10)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-8-10)
Impact of mass removal and giving up belongings

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-289-10)
vh Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-289-10)
Preparing for mass removal: burning possessions

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.

Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-155-9)
vh Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-155-9)
First Sunday after mass removal: father is left with an empty church; memories of visiting Japanese American friends through the barbed wire at "Camp Harmony"
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