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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Mass removal registration (ddr-densho-151-79)
img Mass removal registration (ddr-densho-151-79)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. Father and son register for evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-61)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-61)
Original WRA caption: Residents of Japanese ancestry appear for registration prior to evacuation. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Last laundry drying in sun before mass removal (ddr-densho-151-178)
img Last laundry drying in sun before mass removal (ddr-densho-151-178)
Original caption: San Lorenzo, California. Washday 48 hours before evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry from this farming community in Santa Clara County. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
img "Evacuation sale" at Japanese American store (ddr-densho-151-92)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Customers buy merchandise in a store operated by a proprietor of Japanese ancestry during a pre-evacuation sale. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Government worker interviewing father and son (ddr-densho-151-217)
img Government worker interviewing father and son (ddr-densho-151-217)
Original caption: Lodi, California. Father and son give pre-evacuation data at Wartime Civil Control Administration station. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Issei man waiting to register for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-238)
img Issei man waiting to register for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-238)
Original caption: Byron, California. Toshi Mizoguchi waiting at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station to register for evacuation. Mr. Mizoguchi came to the United States from Japan in 1892 and has been a farm laborer on California ranches since that time. He is unmarried. He is seen wearing an American flag on a celluloid button.
Japanese American discussing financial affairs (ddr-densho-151-98)
img Japanese American discussing financial affairs (ddr-densho-151-98)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. A business man of Japanese ancestry confers with a representative of the Federal Reserve Bank at Wartime Civil Control Administration station to arrange disposition of his financial affairs prior to evacuation. Evacuees will be housed at War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-123)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-123)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Japanese family heads and persons living alone, form a line outside Civil Control station located in the Japanese American Citizens League Auditorium at 2031 Bush Street, to appear for "processing" in response to Civilian Exclusion Order Number 20.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-116)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-116)
Original caption: The full caption for this photograph reads: San Francisco, California. In response to the Army's Exclusion Order Number 20, residents of Japanese ancestry appear at Civil Control Station at 2031 Bush Street for registration. The evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Family loading baggage onto truck (ddr-densho-151-271)
img Family loading baggage onto truck (ddr-densho-151-271)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Woman on farm being evacuated on the following day by farners of Japanese ancestry. This mother and her children are being assisted by a friend who has come with his truck to take their possessions to the Wartime Civil Control Administration Control station in town. The father of this family has been ...
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-173)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-173)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Heads of families and single persons living alone, of Japanese ancestry, in response to Civilian Exclusion Order Number 20, line up on Bush Street for half a block at the Wartime Civil Control Administration Control Station to receive their final instructions concerning their evacuation. The evacuation of this district will be ...
Japantown store prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-325)
img Japantown store prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-325)
Original caption: Florin, California. View on main street of this little agriculture town in the center of the strawberry and grape-producing area occupied mostly by residents of Japanese ancestry. Evacuation is due in two days of people of Japanese descent from this community.
Gene Akutsu Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1016-4-2)
vh Gene Akutsu Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1016-4-2)
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.

Dave Kawamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-122-9-2)
vh Dave Kawamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-122-9-2)
Leaving things behind during mass removal; losing a pet

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on ...

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1002-4-16)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1002-4-16)
Thoughts on the bombing of Pearl Harbor; preparing for mass removal: slaughtering chickens, disposing of belongings

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 ...

Harry Ueno Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-7-8)
vh Harry Ueno Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1002-7-8)
Selling possessions prior to mass removal; deciding what to bring

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 are typically not life histories, instead ...

Victor Takemoto Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-8-4)
vh Victor Takemoto Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1001-8-4)
Finding out that both citizens and non-citizens would be removed
George Azumano Interview Segment 15 (ddr-one-7-32-15)
vh George Azumano Interview Segment 15 (ddr-one-7-32-15)
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.

Miyoko Uzaki Interview Segment 11 (ddr-manz-1-156-11)
vh Miyoko Uzaki Interview Segment 11 (ddr-manz-1-156-11)
Remembering the time after the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "it was a very unsettled period"
Frank Isamu Kikuchi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-manz-1-5-3)
vh Frank Isamu Kikuchi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-manz-1-5-3)
Preparing for camp: buying clothing, burning some belongings
Bob Fuchigami Interview Segment 14 (ddr-manz-1-28-14)
vh Bob Fuchigami Interview Segment 14 (ddr-manz-1-28-14)
As a child, having to leave pet rabbits and dog during mass removal
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