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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Henry Sakamoto Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-33-6)
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Preparing for mass removal: finding someone to take care of the hotel

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Kay Matsuoka Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-48-28)
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Preparing for mass removal: one suitcase, duffel bag, and care package
May Y. Namba Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-171-13)
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Volunteering with the JACL to help people prepare 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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Toshi Nagamori Ito Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-309-13)
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Preparing for mass removal

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Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-148-20)
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Preparing for mass removal: sadness at selling belongings such as a piano, feeling a slight thrill when buying new suitcases
Akiko Kurose Interview I Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-41-15)
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Deciding what to take during mass removal: filling a dime-store suitcase
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 ...

June T. Watanabe Interview Segment 4 (ddr-manz-1-160-4)
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Community atmosphere following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Gene Akutsu Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-1-7)
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Memories of father's arrest by FBI, subsequent detention, family separation, and preparation for removal
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-152-15)
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Some positive memories of supportive Caucasian neighbors in the time leading up to mass removal
Louise Kashino Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-31-11)
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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.

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
George Yoshida Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-132-21)
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Hearing about Japanese Americans who were removed early; visiting friends in Santa Anita Assembly Center while still "free"
George Yoshida Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-132-22)
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Preparing for mass removal: destroying Japanese cultural items, bringing popular music records; traveling to Poston concentration camp, Arizona
Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-170-29)
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Preparing for mass removal: "it just seemed like everybody turned against us"
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