The journey

The journey to temporary "assembly centers" was a difficult and disorienting experience. After gathering at designated locations, Japanese Americans were met by armed soldiers and transported in buses, private cars, and trains to sixteen temporary "assembly centers." When they arrived at their new homes -- often hastily refurbished fairgrounds and racetracks -- they were shocked to see barbed-wire fences, guard towers, and searchlights.

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Letter to Rev. Robert Inglis from Shin Tanaka (ddr-densho-498-43)
doc Letter to Rev. Robert Inglis from Shin Tanaka (ddr-densho-498-43)
Letter to Robert Inglis from Shin Tanaka telling him about the journey from Tanforan Assembly Center to Topaz Relocation Center
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-17)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-17)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's wife and daughter discussing life at Pinedale Assembly Center.
Postcard send to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-26)
doc Postcard send to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-26)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter about their arrival at Pinedale Assembly Center.
Administrative Notice No. 27 Transfer to Amache (ddr-densho-356-802)
doc Administrative Notice No. 27 Transfer to Amache (ddr-densho-356-802)
Administrative Notice No. 27 from Santa Anita Assembly Center contains information regarding personal belongings in storage outside of the camp remaining their until settled at Amache at which point individuals my request their items be shipped to camp at the WRA's expense. It also provides instructions regarding train travel to Amache including water conservation, cleanliness, and …
Evacuee Information Release No. 2 Baggage Instructions (ddr-densho-356-803)
doc Evacuee Information Release No. 2 Baggage Instructions (ddr-densho-356-803)
Evacuee Information Release No. 2 from Santa Anita Assembly Center informs internees about the types of baggage allowed and how each type will be transported.
Two letters to Yuri from Min Yonekura (ddr-densho-356-285)
doc Two letters to Yuri from Min Yonekura (ddr-densho-356-285)
Two letters to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Minoru "Min" Yonekura. Both letters stored in one envelope, unclear if they were mailed together or separately. Letter 5/11: describes forced removal, details items needed in assembly center to make barracks feel homey, food quality in the assembly center and general life there. Letter 2: discusses plans to move …
Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-16)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-16)
Sumiko Furuta of Bainbridge Island, Washington, on a special ferry to Seattle. From Seattle, she will board a train headed for Manzanar Assembly Center, California.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-17)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-36-17)
Ritsuko Terayama (left) and Sumiko Furuta as they leave the island on a ferryboat. (Lucille Galbraith, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC). On March 30, 1942, Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island became one of the first groups to be excluded, presumably because of their proximity to the Puget Sound Navy Yard (Terminal Island, near Los Angeles, …
Japanese Americans boarding train for Manzanar, California (ddr-densho-36-15)
img Japanese Americans boarding train for Manzanar, California (ddr-densho-36-15)
Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island, Washington are being transported to the Manzanar Assembly Center, California.
En route to Manzanar Assembly Center (ddr-densho-36-8)
img En route to Manzanar Assembly Center (ddr-densho-36-8)
Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island, Washington are being transported to the Manzanar Assembly Center, California. Manzanar Assembly Center became a WRA incarceration camp on June 1, 1942.
Drawing of the laundry buildings at Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-392-10)
doc Drawing of the laundry buildings at Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-392-10)
Caption written by Kenneth Iyeki: "These are the laundry buildings from which all the internees left for Topaz, Utah. As the time for the trip to Utah neared, fences were put up around these three makeshift structures and people were leaving the camp every day like herds of cattle."
Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-170-30)
vh Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-170-30)
The train ride to Pinedale Assembly Center: "we were being treated as enemies"
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 19 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-19)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 19 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-19)
Journey to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California; description of conditions
Taylor Tomita Interview Segment 10 (ddr-one-7-61-10)
vh Taylor Tomita Interview Segment 10 (ddr-one-7-61-10)
Memories of the train ride to the assembly center

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 …

Eddie Owada Interview Segment 14 (ddr-manz-1-37-14)
vh Eddie Owada Interview Segment 14 (ddr-manz-1-37-14)
Vivid memories of the trip to Pinedale Assembly Center, California
Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-184-40)
vh Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-184-40)
Traveling to assembly center: confusion upon finding out final destination was in California
Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-76-35)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-76-35)
Trip to Puyallup Assembly Center: arranging own transportation

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-68-17)
vh Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-68-17)
The train ride into the desert: traveling to Manzanar concentration camp
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