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DoJ and US Army Facilities
Confinement and Ethnicity:
An Overview of World War II
Japanese American Relocation Sites
by J. Burton, M. Farrell, F. Lord, and R. Lord
Chapter 13 (continued)
Tule Lake Relocation Center
Central Fenced Area
Warehouse and Industrial Area
Among numerous more recent buildings, three
relocation center buildings remain in the warehouse area. There are
Japanese inscriptions in pencil on the interior wall of one of the
buildings, now privately owned and used as a shop. The writing, some of
which is faded, is entirely in phonetic Japanese. The consistent
handwriting suggests that one person wrote the entire text, but the lack
of organization suggests the writer did not have later readers in mind
(Table 13.1; Figure 13.32).
Figure 13.32. Portion of pencilled Japanese text on the wall
of a former relocation center warehouse.
(photograph courtesy of Lava Beds National Monument)
Table 13.1. Translation of Japanese Text on the Interior Wall
of a Former Warehouse at the Tule Lake Relocation Center.
The world is not governed fairly.
Takahiro (?) Ikeda is a right-winger, is a whit fig.
The imitations in ...
Kill them (us).
Not a land of God, nor of Buddha, nor of the stars.
Ever since Hojo came in, Tokugawa and Shimazu rule ...
Duke of Simazu.
Tokisada Hojo's blood ...
God does not live in today's world.
Blue. Red. Blue (young) county.
Not an Asian.
Russia (?) that invaded Japan ... /People of Kagoshima prefecture /People of Nagasaki prefecture /Gandhi of India is ... /Hojo Takashi (?) ...
Sumire (?) Tokugawa /from Nikolaevsk.
(Hojo, Tokugawa, Shimazu, Maeda, and Ikeda are sur names. The Hojo was a clan which ruled Japan during the late Kamakura period. Simazu, Maeda, and Ikeda were famous lords in the feudal Tokugawa (Edo) period. It is likely that those names are symbolically used to mean something or someone else.)
Japan, the country under the sun.
America, the country of stars.
Longing for the stars.
Usami Hachimangu (a shrine's name).
Within the former industrial area, five relocation
center buildings are currently being used by the Newell Potato
Cooperative. These include the three large industrial warehouses and two
smaller warehouses; all have some modification, including the addition
of metal roofs and siding (Figure 13.33). Northeast of the industrial
area there is a large borrow pit.
Figure 13.33. Former industrial warehouses at the
Tule Lake Relocation Center.