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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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Shig Yabu Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-272-11)
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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.

Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-154-10)
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Memories of the bus trip from Burbank, California, to Manzanar concentration camp, California: a pit stop in the desert
Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-143-23)
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Moving to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho and working as a nurse's aide
May Y. Namba Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-171-17)
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Moving to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho: "It was a very dismal feeling"
Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-172-20)
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Remembering the train ride from assembly center to concentration camp
Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-196-17)
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Feeling frustrated on the difficult train ride to Minidoka concentration camp

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Kazuko Iwahashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-337-15)
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Memories of the train ride to camp

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Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-290-19)
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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.

Min Tonai Interview I Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-354-25)
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The journey to Amache by train

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.

Mo Nishida Interview I Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-380-7)
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Memories of the train ride to camp

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Ike Hatchimonji Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-381-10)
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Traveling 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.

Sarah Sato Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-81-15)
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Traveling to Jerome concentration camp: discrimination and poverty in the South
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