along with 120,000 other persons of Japanese ancestry throughout the
Western states to move into relocation centers. The
Ichihashis did not
return to Stanford until April 1945.
Early arrivals at Amache, 1942
The experience devastated the couple professionally and personally. Ichihashi
resumed his teaching or scholarly writing. He would become estranged from his
only child, Woodrow, under the pressures of internment and they would not see
each other again until 1963, just months before the fathers death.
The materials left from Ichihashis experiences during the war his
letters and research essays leave a record that is far more than a
poignant personal tale, though. His documents provide the richest and most
complete firsthand account of the internment of Japanese Americans during World
amato Ichihashi was born into a former samurai
family in 1878 in Nagoya, Japan, and arrived in the United States in 1894 to
attend public school in San Francisco. He continued his study at Stanford,
where he distinguished himself, earning bachelors and masters
economics and an invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa. He later earned his
doctorate in political economy from Harvard.