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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Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-289-10)
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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)
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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"
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
Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-196-15)
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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.

Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-10-16)
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Mother's role running family store after husband's arrest by FBI
Kazue Yamamoto Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-197-8)
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Preparing for mass removal: selling belongings

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.

Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-143-19)
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Deciding what to bring to assembly center, parents' stoic attitude toward mass removal
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.

Archie Miyatake Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-299-14)
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Storing photography equipment

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.

Yukiko Miyake Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-49-24)
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Preparing for mass removal: struggles in husband's absence
Yosh Nakamura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-385-7)
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Preparing for mass removal: unable to participate in track meet because of travel restriction

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Robert Coombs Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-146-11)
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Teaching high school after the outbreak of war, feeling sadness when Japanese American students were taken out of school
Cherry Kinoshita Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-34-7)
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Trying to decide what to pack in preparation for mass removal
Mutsu Homma Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-24-20)
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Loss of privacy and dignity, strangers invite themselves in
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
Aya Uenishi Medrud Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-213-9)
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Deciding what to purchase and pack in preparation for mass removal
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