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Date: September 15-17, 2004


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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family background: parents immigrated from Japan, settled near Seattle, Washington Segment 1 of 71 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Birth of siblings, early memories of living on Vashon Island, Washington Segment 2 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Early memories of working on family farm Segment 3 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Daily life on family farm: clearing land, digging a well Segment 4 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of family farm: harvesting crops, stitching boxes Segment 5 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Interaction with non-Japanese Americans: schoolmates, church members, neighbors Segment 6 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Childhood memories: school activities, using cultivator on family farm Segment 7 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Making a salutatorian speech at grammar school graduation Segment 8 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A violent incident on a neighboring farm Segment 9 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Working in a restaurant in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown Segment 10 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Older sister contracts tuberculosis, wants to go to Idaho Segment 11 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington An unpleasant trip to Idaho; getting married Segment 12 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington An unhappy marriage: "I was trapped" Segment 13 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington An eventful year: older sister passes away from tuberculosis, first child is born Segment 14 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Raising son in primitive conditions in Eatonville, Washington Segment 15 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Staying in Seattle's Fujin Home, a home for women run by the Japanese Baptist Church Segment 16 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Regaining U.S. citizenship, which had been lost upon marriage to a Japanese citizen Segment 17 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Difficulties raising two young children Segment 18 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Getting divorced Segment 19 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning with children to family farm: "they really loved it" Segment 20 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Childhood memories of 1918 flu epidemic Segment 21 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of working on family farm as a child Segment 22 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Working as a housegirl Segment 23 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Finding work: waitressing, department store Segment 24 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of living and farming in Torrance, California Segment 25 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 26 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts of war prior to 1941: "I don't think I took war that seriously" Segment 27 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor; trying to prepare for mass removal: "I still have nightmares" Segment 28 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Preparing for mass removal: "it just seemed like everybody turned against us" Segment 29 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The train ride to Pinedale Assembly Center: "we were being treated as enemies" Segment 30 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Pinedale
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Harsh conditions in assembly center: heat, lines, poor facilities Segment 31 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Pinedale
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington First impressions of Tule Lake concentration camp Segment 32 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Daily life at Tule Lake Segment 33 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Receiving treatment in an concentration camp hospital Segment 34 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Experiences working in an concentration camp hospital Segment 35 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Social activities in camp: dating, dances Segment 36 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Shell collecting and crafting in Tule Lake Segment 37 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Dealing with the questions of military service and leaving camp Segment 38 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Daughter moves out to attend school; Peggie and son are transferred to Minidoka Segment 39 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Moving to Minidoka, Idaho: memories of a coal workers' strike Segment 40 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Working for the Reports Office in Minidoka: learning photography Segment 41 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Dealing with suspicion because of association with camp administration Segment 42 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Fond memories of working at a farm worker labor camp Segment 43 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Discussion of process of coloring photographs Segment 44 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Preparing to leave camp, deciding where to go Segment 45 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Minidoka
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Circumstances surrounding losing family property during the war Segment 46 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Leaving camp and moving to Chicago: "I thought, 'This is terrible'" Segment 47 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Facing discrimination and unpleasant conditions while trying to find housing Segment 48 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Finding housing in Chicago; receiving help from a Jewish man Segment 49 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Working in a packing company, promoted to a supervisory position Segment 50 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of working in a corrugated box factory with people of different ethnicities Segment 51 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A frightening experience with nephew Segment 52 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Living alone in Chicago: "I was devastated" Segment 53 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Finding a job in a photo studio Segment 54 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of enjoyable job at photo studio Segment 55 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of daughter's and son's postwar experiences Segment 56 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A traumatic medical incident Segment 57 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Fond memories of diverse co-workers in photo studio Segment 58 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 59 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington An eventful road trip to visit parents in Seattle area Segment 60 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of daily life in Chicago Segment 61 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Adjusting to living with daughter and grandchildren in Chicago Segment 62 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Segment 63 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Getting remarried and moving back to Seattle Segment 64 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Mother's declining health Segment 65 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Coping with parents' health difficulties Segment 66 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Caring for ailing mother Segment 67 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Dealing with a frightening medical situation Segment 68 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington An unusual vision Segment 69 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of five-generation family; getting married again Segment 70 of 71 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on staying young: dancing, staying busy, enjoying nature Segment 71 of 71 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history