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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.

World War II (54)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (151)
Preparation (281)

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Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-196-15)
vh Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-196-15)
Losing the family business after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Yosh Nakamura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-385-7)
vh Yosh Nakamura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-385-7)
Preparing for mass removal: unable to participate in track meet because of travel restriction

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 ...

Ayame Tsutakawa Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-95-6)
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Entrusting personal belongings to "friends," and buying pants to wear
Grace Watanabe Kimura Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-249-11)
vh Grace Watanabe Kimura Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-249-11)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; preparing for removal while father is very ill
Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-236-11)
vh Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-236-11)
Preparing for mass removal: making provisions for the Buddhist temple
Jack Y. Kunitomi Interview II Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-376-3)
vh Jack Y. Kunitomi Interview II Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-376-3)
Deciding what to take to camp: leaving prized record collection behind

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 ...

Gene Akutsu Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-1-7)
vh Gene Akutsu Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-1-7)
Memories of father's arrest by FBI, subsequent detention, family separation, and preparation for removal
Toshi Nagamori Ito Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-309-13)
vh Toshi Nagamori Ito Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-309-13)
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.

Robert Coombs Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-146-11)
vh Robert Coombs Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-146-11)
Teaching high school after the outbreak of war, feeling sadness when Japanese American students were taken out of school
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-152-14)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-152-14)
Family reactions in the months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor; sister hastily getting married
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-152-15)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-152-15)
Some positive memories of supportive Caucasian neighbors in the time leading up to mass removal
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-152-13)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-152-13)
Reading of a flyer put out by the Hood River chief of police in the days following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Rick Sato Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-80-7)
vh Rick Sato Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-80-7)
Preparing for mass removal: packing pots and pans, but no knives
Tom Akashi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-164-10)
vh Tom Akashi Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-164-10)
Destroying Japanese possessions: "We don't want anything that would incriminate us as being Japanese"
Tom Akashi Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-164-9)
vh Tom Akashi Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-164-9)
Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: after attending church, helping father burn possessions related to Japan
Mutsu Homma Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-24-20)
vh Mutsu Homma Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-24-20)
Loss of privacy and dignity, strangers invite themselves in
Mutsu Homma Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-24-19)
vh Mutsu Homma Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-24-19)
Preparing for mass removal: forced to sell belongings, a piano for $25
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