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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Letter from Ken Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-16)
doc Letter from Ken Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-16)
First letter from Ken Ito after his marriage to Emmy Sumida. He mentions that their district is scheduled to go to Santa Anita Assembly Center on April 30th or May 1st.
Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-13)
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-13)
Letter describes Little Tokyo as a "ghost town", with the majority of stores closed, and the produce houses either closed or sold. She is the only one in the immediate family that is still working, and describes current evacuation news of friends. Also mentions that Emmy was marrying Ken Ito on Saturday. Expressed sadness of the …
Letter from Aiji Endo to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-15)
doc Letter from Aiji Endo to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-15)
First letter from Aiji Endo to his father-in-law, Chimata Sumida, that explains what is going on about evacuation plans. He states that the Parker Dam War Relocation project, in which he had signed up as a draftsman was cancelled by the Army. He had planned to have the family join him, so instead the current plan …
Letter from Emmy Sumida Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-6)
doc Letter from Emmy Sumida Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-6)
First letter from Emmy Sumida to her father Chimata Sumida describing status of a few Japanese businesses in Los Angeles including the reorganization of Sun Produce, where her future husband. Ken Ito, was named a manager. She also mentions air raids along the western coast of California.
Letter from Emmy Sumida Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-17)
doc Letter from Emmy Sumida Ito to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-17)
Emmy Ito's first letter after her marriage to Ken Ito to her father, Chimata Sumida, talks about plans and packing to go to Santa Anita Assembly Center very soon.
Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-11)
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-11)
Letter mentions that the first "contingent" of evacuees were leaving on Monday, and the letter provides information about evacuation plans of their families, as well, as relatives and friends. The Sumida family is scheduled after that. The family decided to adhere to evacuation orders since they didn't have enough money to relocate on their own. She …
Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-4)
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-4)
Letter written by Grace Sumida (representing his wife (Masako) and all their children to Chimata Sumida. In the letter, Grace Sumida describing activities, in particular liquidating the family appliance store, C. Sumida and Son.
Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-7)
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-7)
Letter describes the daily lives of her family and her siblings while awaiting evacuation notification. She congratulates her father for being elected to Councilman and his former employee, Yoshio Takashima for Mailman. She mentions Emmy was doing Y.W.C.A. advising. She also congratulates her father on his election as a Councilman, and Yoshio Takashima's election as mailman …
Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-21)
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-21)
Letter describes last minute packing and arrangements before their evacuation. It describes who is being evacuated with them on Thursday, and the evacuation dates of other friends.
Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-19)
doc Letter from Grace Sumida to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-19)
Letter mentions that life became a "series of apprehensions as to the future of all." She talks about friends who moved to Denver on their own and how they are doing. In the letter, Grace congratulated her father as to his election to the office of Assistant Mayor of Ft. Missoula Detention Center.
Letter from Alice Sumida  Endo to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-18)
doc Letter from Alice Sumida Endo to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-18)
Letter mentions that they found tenants for the house with a rental fee of $32.50/month. She describes their life waiting for evacuation. She states that the Japanese community already has committees working on rehabilitation after the war.
Letter from Alice Sumida Endo to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-9)
doc Letter from Alice Sumida Endo to Chimata Sumida (ddr-densho-379-9)
Letter mentions that she was sending formal studio pictures taken of son, Todd, because their personal cameras were "impounded." She describes the difficulties and uncertainties that people are enduring while waiting for evacuation orders.
Kaneji Domoto Diary, 1942 (ddr-densho-329-950)
doc Kaneji Domoto Diary, 1942 (ddr-densho-329-950)
Kaneji's diary from March 6, 1942 - October 7, 1942, spanning the Domoto family's time from being at home in California to about a month after arrival at Amache. Early pages of the diary resemble a notebook loosely structured by date and containing a mixture of daily activities, accounting, notes from work at the nursery, and, …
Sachi Fudenna Recalls the Washington Township and Tanforan during World War II (ddr-ajah-6-404)
doc Sachi Fudenna Recalls the Washington Township and Tanforan during World War II (ddr-ajah-6-404)
Document with biographical information for Sachiko Kamiji Fudenna, transcription of interview and clipping
Scrapbook of newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-483-100)
doc Scrapbook of newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-483-100)
Loose scrapbook pages containing newspaper and magazine clipping, a press release, and a speech transcript. Selected article titles: Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Seattle Japs return home" (p. 1), "The National Director speaks to residents" (p. 2), "237 Bainbridge Japs leave, head south" (p. 3), "No refunds for japs, says city" (p. 4), "Sad farewells while troops stand by" …
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.

Joe Yamakido Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-167-6)
vh Joe Yamakido Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-167-6)
Personal reactions to mass removal, family's economic losses: "I was bitter"
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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
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