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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Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-68-17)
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The train ride into the desert: traveling to Manzanar concentration camp
Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-273-15)
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The journey to the Portland Livestock Center

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Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 36 (ddr-densho-1000-12-36)
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The trip to Pinedale Assembly Center, California: a quiet and depressing train ride
Chizuko Norton Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-73-17)
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Traveling to Pinedale Assembly Center, California: a dirty train ride
Frank Kitamoto Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-35-11)
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Memories of the trip to Manzanar concentration camp, California
Fumiko Hayashida Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-15-20)
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Flag waving and pulled blinds on the train ride to Manzanar
Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-294-16)
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The journey by train to camp: talking back to an MP

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Ted Kitayama Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-334-12)
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The train ride to camp

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Elsie Uyematsu Osajima Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-451-7)
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Seeing a teacher on the day of mass removal: "For me it was very humiliating"
Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-42-7)
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Traveling to Puyallup Assembly Center, first impressions

Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.

George Yoshida Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-132-22)
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Preparing for mass removal: destroying Japanese cultural items, bringing popular music records; traveling to Poston concentration camp, Arizona
Paul Nagano Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-65-6)
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Memories of Japanese Americans singing Christian hymns en route to concentration camps
Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-170-30)
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The train ride to Pinedale Assembly Center: "we were being treated as enemies"
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