Personal recollections

World War II (66)
Pearl Harbor and aftermath (97)
Personal recollections (298)

298 items
Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-196-13)
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Coincidentally sketching a battleship upon hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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.

Asano Terao Interview II Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-109-2)
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Reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor; believing "there was no way Japan would win" (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese and was translated so as to convey Mrs. Terao's way of speaking as closely as possible. For example, there are instances in which she makes some grammatical errors. These mistakes are conveyed through ...

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-76-27)
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Atmosphere and events following Pearl Harbor: denied service at a barbershop, being under surveillance by the FBI

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Jane Komeiji Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-406-10)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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.

Ayako Murakami - Masako Murakami Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-63-13)
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Events following Pearl Harbor: FBI pick-ups, buying and storing provisions
Sadaichi Kubota Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-40-11)
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Cleaning up the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, seeing the "puffs of smoke"

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were generally shorter in length than the typical Densho interview and tend to concentrate on ...

Sadaichi Kubota Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-40-10)
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Witness to the bombing of Pearl Harbor

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were generally shorter in length than the typical Densho interview and tend to concentrate on the individual's military service during ...

Grace Watanabe Kimura Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-249-11)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; preparing for removal while father is very ill
Jim Akutsu Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-2-15)
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Foreseeing the outbreak of war and trying to volunteer for service; discrimination experiences in the National Guard and ROTC

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Gene Akutsu Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-1-6)
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A boy's shock and anxiety, and reactions of school peers after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Gene Akutsu Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-1-3)
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Pearl Harbor: A teenager's memories of what he understood and how he felt
Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-68-11)
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Pearl Harbor: "Japan seemed so far away that it's not going to affect us... but I was wrong"
Bill Hosokawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-129-11)
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The bombing of Pearl Harbor: reaction of Japanese Americans, role of the media
Masao Watanabe Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-103-12)
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Finding out about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while on a skiing trip

At the time this interview was taped, Mr. Watanabe was recovering from a recent series of cancer treatments.

Kenge Kobayashi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-37-2)
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The bombing of Pearl Harbor: memories of a stressful time
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-152-10)
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Returning to school after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; memories of a teacher who came to visit in concentration camp
Tom Akashi Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-164-11)
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Father's arrest by the FBI: targeted because of childhood friendship with Japanese admiral
Tom Akashi Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-164-12)
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Returning to school after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, getting in fights with other students over racist name-calling
Tom Akashi Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-164-9)
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Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: after attending church, helping father burn possessions related to Japan
Spady Koyama Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-38-17)
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Reaction to bombing of Pearl Harbor, "This is your country no matter who says what"
Akio Hoshino Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-26-7)
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Issei and Nisei attitudes toward outbreak of war with Japan and mass removal
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