Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community Collection

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ddr-densho-1001

This collection consists of interviews conducted by the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC). BIJAC's mission is to share with the wider community the history and culture of Japanese Americans, and to promote the safeguarding of civil and constitutional rights for all. Japanese Americans living on Bainbridge Island were the first of more than 120,000 forced to move from their homes on the West Coast during WWII. These interviews focus on life on Bainbridge Island before the war, during evacuation and internment, and after the war. Filming of these interviews was funded by grants from the Bainbridge Community Foundation, the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, Humanities Washington, and the Washington State Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction.

40 oral history interviews

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community

Courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community

40 Objects

Fumiko Hayashida Interview (ddr-densho-1001-1)
vh Fumiko Hayashida Interview (ddr-densho-1001-1)
Nisei female. Born January 21, 1911, in Winslow, Washington. Grew up in Japan and the Fletcher's Bay area of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Member of the first group of Japanese Americans to be forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated. Incarcerated at Manzanar concentration camp, California, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, while pregnant and caring for ...
Tatsukichi Moritani Interview (ddr-densho-1001-2)
vh Tatsukichi Moritani Interview (ddr-densho-1001-2)
Nisei male. Born October 24, 1916, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California. Left camp to work in Chicago before eventually returning to Bainbridge Island. Worked for the Washington State Ferries for forty years until retirement in 2005. Passed away in 2006.
Kay Sakai Nakao Interview (ddr-densho-1001-3)
vh Kay Sakai Nakao Interview (ddr-densho-1001-3)
Nisei female. Born and raised in Bainbridge Island, Washington. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to Manzanar concentration camp California, then later transferred to Minidoka, Idaho. Married while in Minidoka, and returned to Bainbridge Island after World War II.
Michiko Amatatsu Noritake Interview (ddr-densho-1001-4)
vh Michiko Amatatsu Noritake Interview (ddr-densho-1001-4)
Nisei female. Born December 6, 1919, in Winslow, Washington. Was fired from job as a domestic following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California, and later transferred to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Following World War II, returned to Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Sally Shimako Nishimori Kitano Interview (ddr-densho-1001-5)
vh Sally Shimako Nishimori Kitano Interview (ddr-densho-1001-5)
Nisei female. Born April 6, 1932, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Grew up on Bainbridge, and was eight years old when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Before the war was over, moved to Chicago, Illinois. Returned to Bainbridge Island after World War II.

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Gerald Nakata Interview (ddr-densho-1001-6)
vh Gerald Nakata Interview (ddr-densho-1001-6)
Nisei male. Born March 18, 1923, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Prior to World War II, parents operated a barber shop, farm and grocery store. Removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California. Left camp and lived in Illinois, then eventually returned to Bainbridge Island. Mr. Nakata passed away on June 3, 2007.
Brooks Andrews Interview (ddr-densho-1001-7)
vh Brooks Andrews Interview (ddr-densho-1001-7)
Caucasian male. Born November 14, 1937 in Seattle, Washington. Son of Reverend Emery Andrews, the Japanese Baptist Church minister in Seattle for many years. After the Japanese Americans in Seattle were removed to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, Emery Brooks moved with family to Twin Falls, Idaho, to minister to Nikkei in camp. Visited Japanese American friends ...
Victor Takemoto Interview (ddr-densho-1001-8)
vh Victor Takemoto Interview (ddr-densho-1001-8)
Nisei male. Born October 27, 1926, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Parents were strawberry farmers before World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to Manzanar concentration camp, California. Unlike most Bainbridge Island Japanese Americans, did not transfer to the Minidoka, Idaho, concentration camp. Returned to Bainbridge Island after the war, and attended ...
Matsue Watanabe Interview (ddr-densho-1001-9)
vh Matsue Watanabe Interview (ddr-densho-1001-9)
Nisei female. Born and raised in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California, during World War II. Left camp to work and attend school in Chicago, Illinois, before eventually returning with family to Bainbridge Island.
Tats Kojima Interview (ddr-densho-1001-10)
vh Tats Kojima Interview (ddr-densho-1001-10)
Nisei male. Born 1923 in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Age 18 when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, was removed with family to Manzanar concentration camp, California. Later transferred to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Became an auto mechanic after World War II.

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