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The journey

The journey from temporary "assembly centers" to permanent concentration camps was a difficult and disorienting experience. Japanese Americans were transported in buses and trains to desolate regions of the country guarded by armed soldiers. Forced to keep the window shades drawn, camp inmates were unaware of where they were going, and were often shocked by the harsh landscape upon arrival.

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Information sheet about the Tanforan Racetrack/Detention Center (ddr-janm-4-22)
doc Information sheet about the Tanforan Racetrack/Detention Center (ddr-janm-4-22)
Information sheet about the history of the Tanforan Racetrack/Detention Center.
Ten-minute rest stop (ddr-densho-253-5)
img Ten-minute rest stop (ddr-densho-253-5)
Caption: "Ten-minute rest stop permitted the Japanese to stretch briefly. Halts were made at two-hour intervals. Some Japanese strolled into sagebrush, others tinkered with motors, smoked, talked."
Internees filled mattress tickings (ddr-densho-253-3)
img Internees filled mattress tickings (ddr-densho-253-3)
Caption: "Internees filled matress tickings with straw as the last daylight fades over the Sierras. Upon these ticks, covering metal Army cots, Japanese slept. Only essential furniture was supplied. Additional comforts were fashioned in Manzanar workshops."
Journey's end (ddr-densho-253-2)
img Journey's end (ddr-densho-253-2)
Caption: "Journey's end is Manzanar, attained by the desert-dusty convoy as the long shade of the Sierras reaches across Owens Valley from the west."
Convoy to Manzanar (ddr-densho-253-4)
img Convoy to Manzanar (ddr-densho-253-4)
Caption: "A car loaded with furniture and luggage on the road to Manzanar."
Across the Mojave Desert (ddr-densho-253-7)
img Across the Mojave Desert (ddr-densho-253-7)
Caption: "Across the Mojave Desert the four-mile-long convoy cut northward, following the arrow-straight flight of the Sierra Highway to the cool, snow-topped mountains. Pacing the procession at 30 m.p.h. was a jeep with red headlights. Behind it rolled a staff sedan carrying the provost marshal in command of the convoy. Behind that follows a press car. …
Envelope and letters to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letters to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Miriam Kiyo Koyama and William Koyama (ddr-one-5-28)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his children, William Koyama and Miriam Kiyo Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Sep 11, 1942. To the left of the postmark “Sept 14, 42” is written in red pencil. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" stamp. Inside the envelope are two letters, …
Yuriko Hohri Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-353-13)
vh Yuriko Hohri Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-353-13)
The journey by train to Jerome, fainting on first arriving

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 …

Shig Yabu Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-10-3)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-10-3)
Memories of the train ride to Heart Mountain

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.

Bill Shishima Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-1-4)
vh Bill Shishima Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-1-4)
The journey by train to Heart Mountain

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.

Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-7-3)
vh Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-7-3)
An uncomfortable train ride to Heart Mountain

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.

Donald Yamamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-2-3)
vh Donald Yamamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-2-3)
The train ride to Heart Mountain

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.

Gloria Kubota Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-122-13-2)
vh Gloria Kubota Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-122-13-2)
Terrible journey by train to Heart Mountain concentration camp

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 …

Yoshiko Kanazawa Segment 4 (ddr-jamsj-2-15-4)
vh Yoshiko Kanazawa Segment 4 (ddr-jamsj-2-15-4)
Frightening camp experiences as a child: vaccinations and a long train ride
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 21 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-21)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 21 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-21)
Moving to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming; eventually working for the agricultural department
Kitako Izumizaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1015-3-13)
vh Kitako Izumizaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1015-3-13)
The train ride to Poston concentration camp: heat causes food to spoil
Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 12 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-12)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 12 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-12)
Recollections of the crowded journey to Poston concentration camp, Colorado

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

James Sakamoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-9)
vh James Sakamoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-9)
Remembering the train ride to Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas, helping to set up the camp

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

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