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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Makoto Otsu Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-497-9)
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Preparing to leave Steveston after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Seichi Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-14-14)
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Deciding what to take and what to leave behind during mass removal
Ike Hatchimonji Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-381-8)
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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.

Takeko Yokoyama Todo Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-430-9)
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The aftermath of December 7th: leaving school, restrictions, storing belongings
Frank S. Fujii Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-8-10)
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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.

Frank S. Fujii Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-8-9)
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Preparing for mass removal, experiencing racism

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

Jim M. Tanimoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-270-11)
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Arranging for a German family to take care of farmland during the war
Kazie Good Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-429-4)
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Preparing for mass removal: brother gives away his prized model plane
Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-114-9)
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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.

Fumiko Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-15-14)
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Removal from Bainbridge Island, Washington, just as the strawberry crops were ready to be harvested
Fumiko Hayashida Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-15-15)
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Efforts to store belongings in preparation for mass removal
Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-294-14)
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Deciding what to do with successful family farm

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 8 (ddr-densho-1000-155-8)
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Observing the tumultuous period after the bombing of Pearl Harbor: Japanese American congregation rushes to store belongings in church basement
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-155-9)
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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"
Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 48 (ddr-densho-1000-118-48)
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Deciding what to take to Pinedale Assembly Center, California

During this interview, Mrs. Kurosu alternately speaks in both English and Japanese. As a result, the English translation of the transcript contains [Jpn.] and [Eng.], which indicate whether the original dialogue was spoken in Japanese or English.

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