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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Loading baggage onto truck (ddr-densho-151-180)
img Loading baggage onto truck (ddr-densho-151-180)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Piling baggage of evacuees from this Alameda County farming community on the day before evacuation to assembly centers. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be transferred later to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Mass removal sale (ddr-densho-151-78)
img Mass removal sale (ddr-densho-151-78)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. Shortly before evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry from the Post and Buchanan Streets neighborhood, San Francisco. This dry goods store is closing out its merchandise. Evacuees will be housed at War Relocation Authority centers for duration.
Japanese American Citizens League bulletin board (ddr-densho-151-212)
img Japanese American Citizens League bulletin board (ddr-densho-151-212)
Original caption: Centerville, California. Bulletin board in Japanese American Citizens League office, during period when farmers of Japanese ancestry were preparing for evacuation. Farmers and other evacuees will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Sign advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-318)
img Sign advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-318)
Original caption: Sacramento, California. Preparations are being made for evacuation two days hence of all residents of Japanese ancestry from this city.
Family preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-235)
img Family preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-235)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. This family is preparing to move from their Bush Street home to an Assembly center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Louie Watanabe Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1010-1-26)
vh Louie Watanabe Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1010-1-26)
Taking a loss on family business prior to 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 ...

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1002-4-17)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1002-4-17)
The night before mass removal: having to sleep on the floor, because furniture was gone

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection ...

Henry Sakamoto Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-33-6)
vh Henry Sakamoto Interview Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-33-6)
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)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-48-28)
Preparing for mass removal: one suitcase, duffel bag, and care package
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
Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-259-9)
vh Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-259-9)
Given only forty-eight hours to prepare 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 ...

Toshi Nagamori Ito Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-309-13)
vh Toshi Nagamori Ito Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-309-13)
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.

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
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
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 37 (ddr-densho-1000-153-37)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 37 (ddr-densho-1000-153-37)
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 ...

June T. Watanabe Interview Segment 4 (ddr-manz-1-160-4)
vh June T. Watanabe Interview Segment 4 (ddr-manz-1-160-4)
Community atmosphere following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Gene Akutsu Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-1-7)
vh Gene Akutsu Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-1-7)
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)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-152-15)
Some positive memories of supportive Caucasian neighbors in the time leading up to mass removal
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