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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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
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.

Takeko Yokoyama Todo Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-430-9)
vh Takeko Yokoyama Todo Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-430-9)
The aftermath of December 7th: leaving school, restrictions, storing belongings
Japanese Evacuation-Policy and Perspectives (ddr-csujad-19-55)
doc Japanese Evacuation-Policy and Perspectives (ddr-csujad-19-55)
This is an article from the magazine "Common Ground," summer 1942, by Carey McWilliams which discusses the policy for the "evacuation and resettlement" of virtually the entire Japanese population on the West Coast. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_02-11-01
George Yoshida Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-132-21)
vh George Yoshida Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-132-21)
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)
vh George Yoshida Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-132-22)
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)
vh Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-170-29)
Preparing for mass removal: "it just seemed like everybody turned against us"
Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-170-28)
vh Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-170-28)
Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor; trying to prepare for mass removal: "I still have nightmares"
American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
doc American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
Volume 2 divides into two sections. Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: The first section features archival documents that show chiefly how the decision to relocate the West Coast Japanese evolved from conflicting views both outside and inside the executive branch. The second section features reports of the Anti-Axis Committee, Los ...
Wilbur Sato Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-455-4)
vh Wilbur Sato Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-455-4)
Father's arrest by the FBI, preparing to leave Terminal Island
Japanese American family preparing for the journey to the Pomona Assembly Center (ddr-densho-242-4)
img Japanese American family preparing for the journey to the Pomona Assembly Center (ddr-densho-242-4)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "May 1942 - El Monte, California - In front of family store. Hatchimonji family about to leave for the Pomona Assembly Center then the WRA camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. L-R: Tasuke Ike, Megumi Mike, Kumezo father, Nobue mother, and daughter Gloria, wearing the family ID tags."
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-36-49)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-36-49)
These Japanese are being processed in preparation for exclusion from Seattle, Washington. The processing took place at a civil control station located at 2100 2nd Avenue. Original Seattle Post Intelligencer caption: "Waiting their turn--Members of Seattle's Japanese community in the course of being processed at the civil control station at 2100 2nd Ave. in preparation for ...
Closed Japanese American store (ddr-densho-37-444)
img Closed Japanese American store (ddr-densho-37-444)
Original WRA caption: Los Angeles, California. Mr. and Mrs. K. Tseri closed their drugstore in preparation for the forthcoming evacuation from their "Little Tokyo" in Los Angeles.
Letter to George Kida from John McEwen (ddr-one-3-15)
doc Letter to George Kida from John McEwen (ddr-one-3-15)
Letter and envelope addressed to George Kida from John McEwen, a lawyer with McEwen & Brooks law firm located in Goldendale, Washington. He sent George his deed from Mr. James Albert (Al) Johnson and George's will.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-9)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-9)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing their evacuation instructions, being sent to Fresno Assembly Center, and being able to return to their land after the war.
License for the sale and transfer of goods (ddr-densho-324-12)
doc License for the sale and transfer of goods (ddr-densho-324-12)
Allows the Seattle-First National Bank to sell farm equipment, vehicles, and household furnishings for the Uno Family.
Government worker interviewing issei farmer (ddr-densho-151-242)
img Government worker interviewing issei farmer (ddr-densho-151-242)
Original caption: Byron, California. This farmer of Japanese ancestry is being interviewed at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station three days before evacuation.
People receiving instructions on mass removal (ddr-densho-151-241)
img People receiving instructions on mass removal (ddr-densho-151-241)
Original caption: Byron, California. Three days before evacuation these people of Japanese ancestry are receiving their final instructions at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station in this agricultural community.
WRA worker speaks with nisei woman (ddr-densho-151-175)
img WRA worker speaks with nisei woman (ddr-densho-151-175)
Original caption: Mountain View, California. John Bird, former Director of Information for the War Relocation Authority, speaks to a young woman who is weeding a garlic field in Santa Clara County. Farmers and other evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the ...
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