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 (66)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (156)
Preparation (282)

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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.

Louise Kashino Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-31-11)
vh Louise Kashino Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-31-11)
Preparing for mass removal: losing the family business

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

Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-123-9)
Preparing for mass removal: fortunate to find people to take care of home and belongings

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

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
Yukiko Miyake Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-49-24)
vh Yukiko Miyake Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-49-24)
Preparing for mass removal: struggles in husband's absence
Art Abe Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-206-16)
vh Art Abe Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-206-16)
Preparing for mass removal: selling the family's grocery store
Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-273-14)
vh Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-273-14)
Hearing about other areas being removed

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.

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
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. ...

Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-148-20)
vh Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-148-20)
Preparing for mass removal: sadness at selling belongings such as a piano, feeling a slight thrill when buying new suitcases
Kazue Yamamoto Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-197-8)
vh Kazue Yamamoto Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-197-8)
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.

Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-289-10)
vh Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-289-10)
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.

May Y. Namba Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-171-13)
vh May Y. Namba Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-171-13)
Volunteering with the JACL to help people prepare for mass removal
Akiko Kurose Interview I Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-41-15)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview I Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-41-15)
Deciding what to take during mass removal: filling a dime-store suitcase
Akiko Kurose Interview I Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-41-14)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview I Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-41-14)
Preparing for mass removal, protecting family possessions during the war
Takashi Hori - Yoshito Mizuta - Elmer Tazuma Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-25-28)
vh Takashi Hori - Yoshito Mizuta - Elmer Tazuma Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-25-28)
Arrangements to protect hotel property, and reclaiming hotel property postwar
Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-143-19)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-143-19)
Deciding what to bring to assembly center, parents' stoic attitude toward mass removal
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