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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Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-12-33)
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Packing for camp, and trying to protect farm assets; property loss and damage
Cherry Kinoshita Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-34-7)
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Trying to decide what to pack in preparation for mass removal
Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-259-9)
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Given only forty-eight hours to prepare for mass removal

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Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-259-10)
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Preparing for mass removal: loss of fishing boats

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.

Ron Osajima Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-486-5)
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Loss of father's business after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, preparing for camp
Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-168-10)
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Disposing of belongings; brothers moved during "voluntary evacuation" period
Hal Keimi Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-458-4)
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Family moves to the Boyle Heights neighborhood to be closer to family during mass removal
Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-107-12)
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Preparing for mass removal: selling the family business and packing for the unknown
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-53-22)
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Preparing for mass removal, selling off the family business and car
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-53-20)
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Building a suitcase with a false bottom after talking with Jewish classmate
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 37 (ddr-densho-1000-153-37)
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Preparing for mass removal: helping employer's family, continuing to work as delivery boy

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who do identify …

Wilbur Sato Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-455-4)
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Father's arrest by the FBI, preparing to leave Terminal Island
Kay Matsuoka Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-48-18)
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Preparing for mass removal: one suitcase, duffel bag, and care package
Kay Matsuoka Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-48-28)
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Preparing for mass removal: one suitcase, duffel bag, and care package
Mary Hirata Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-22-11)
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Preparing for mass removal: deciding what to take, and remembering things left behind
Mary Hirata Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-22-9)
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Running a family-owned business in prewar Seattle; memories of things left behind during mass removal
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-98-18)
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Impact of mass removal on family business, selling at a loss, "we never recovered from, really..."
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-98-14)
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Giving birth to daughter as family prepares to "evacuate," sharing a hospital room with the inconsolable wife of a serviceman
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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)
Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-154-9)
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In preparation for mass removal, volunteering to help fill out registration applications for community families
Makoto Otsu Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-497-9)
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Preparing to leave Steveston after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
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