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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Japantown store prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-325)
img Japantown store prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-325)
Original caption: Florin, California. View on main street of this little agriculture town in the center of the strawberry and grape-producing area occupied mostly by residents of Japanese ancestry. Evacuation is due in two days of people of Japanese descent from this community.
Gene Akutsu Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1016-4-2)
vh Gene Akutsu Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1016-4-2)
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.

Dave Kawamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-122-9-2)
vh Dave Kawamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-122-9-2)
Leaving things behind during mass removal; losing a pet

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on ...

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1002-4-16)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1002-4-16)
Thoughts on the bombing of Pearl Harbor; preparing for mass removal: slaughtering chickens, disposing of belongings

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 ...

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-7-8)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-7-8)
Selling possessions prior to mass removal; deciding what to bring

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 ...

Victor Takemoto Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-8-4)
vh Victor Takemoto Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-8-4)
Finding out that both citizens and non-citizens would be removed
George Azumano Interview Segment 15 (ddr-one-7-32-15)
vh George Azumano Interview Segment 15 (ddr-one-7-32-15)
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.

Miyoko Uzaki Interview Segment 11 (ddr-manz-1-156-11)
vh Miyoko Uzaki Interview Segment 11 (ddr-manz-1-156-11)
Remembering the time after the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "it was a very unsettled period"
Frank Isamu Kikuchi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-manz-1-5-3)
vh Frank Isamu Kikuchi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-manz-1-5-3)
Preparing for camp: buying clothing, burning some belongings
Bob Fuchigami Interview Segment 14 (ddr-manz-1-28-14)
vh Bob Fuchigami Interview Segment 14 (ddr-manz-1-28-14)
As a child, having to leave pet rabbits and dog during mass removal
Louise Kashino Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-31-12)
vh Louise Kashino Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-31-12)
Leaving Seattle: packing extra food just in case; first impressions of the Puyallup Assembly Center

For the first hour of this interview, an additional camera crew from KCTS Television was also present.

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 ...

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
Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-432-20)
vh Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-432-20)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; receiving special dispensation to participate in a track meet before going to camp (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview. This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service ...

Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-114-9)
vh Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-114-9)
As eldest son, registering family for mass removal following Executive Order 9066; forced to dispose of property and belongings

This is the first in a series of interviews conducted by the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizen League in collaboration with Densho.

Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-184-35)
vh Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-184-35)
Fiance travels to Tacoma, fearful that families would be sent to different concentration camps
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