Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I Segment 1

Family background: growing up in a Buddhist temple family in Shimonoseki, Japan (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-1) - 00:04:39
Early memories of being raised by grandmother (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-2) - 00:03:37
Attending elementary school, privileged to attend secondary school (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-3) - 00:07:56
Father's emphasis on English education (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-4) - 00:05:19
Women's roles in Japan: sons valued higher than daughters (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-5) - 00:06:55
(Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-6) - 00:02:23
Meeting and marrying Reverend Ichikawa (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-7) - 00:06:52
Learning of an opportunity to move to America with husband (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-8) - 00:05:32
Description of the journey by boat to the United States (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-9) - 00:07:12
First impressions of Hawaii and San Francisco: relief at being allowed to use chopsticks (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-10) - 00:04:50
Becoming accustomed to Fresno's "Japantown" (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-11) - 00:02:15
Participating in the Buddhist temple in Fresno, California (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-12) - 00:08:15
Differences between Buddhist temples in the United States and Japan (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-13) - 00:02:41
Life in Fresno, California: raising children and learning English (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-14) - 00:04:37
Arriving in America: shopping for Western-style clothes in San Francisco (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-15) - 00:05:02
Issei's decisions about whether to return to Japan and whether to send their children there (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-16) - 00:07:04
Returning to Japan for two years before moving to Seattle, Washington (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-17) - 00:08:24
(Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-18) - 00:03:36
Differences in wedding ceremonies at the Fresno and Seattle Buddhist temples (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-19) - 00:01:49
Husband's job as a minister at the Seattle Buddhist Temple (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-20) - 00:05:36
(Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-21) - 00:01:05
Reflections on racial diversity in Seattle (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-22) - 00:05:52
Raising seven children in America (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-23) - 00:03:47
Introduction to American holidays: learning to cook a turkey for the first time (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-24) - 00:03:55
Celebrating both American and Japanese holidays (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-25) - 00:04:15
Youth activities at the Temple: Sunday school and athletic meets (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-26) - 00:05:00
Moving the Seattle Buddhist Temple to a new location (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-27) - 00:04:49
Hearing rumors of impending war between the United States and Japan (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-28) - 00:04:24
Learning of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, then giving birth to a son in the darkness of a mandatory blackout (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-29) - 00:02:00
(Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-30) - 00:01:15
Photographs of activities at the Seattle Buddhist Temple (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-31) - 00:01:37
Photographs of activities at the Seattle Buddhist Temple (Japanese language) (ddr-densho-1000-111-32) - 00:05:17
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Family background: growing up in a Buddhist temple family in Shimonoseki, Japan (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

00:04:39 — Segment 1 of 32

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October 16, 1999

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Yasashi Ichikawa

Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I

02:27:50 — 32 segments

October 16, 1999

Seattle, Washington

Issei female. Born 1907 in Shimonoseki, Japan. Attended school in Japan, and was encouraged by father to study English. Married a Buddhist minister and immigrated to the United States. Lived in Fresno, California, then returned to Japan for two years. Moved to Seattle, Washington, where husband was a minister at the Seattle Buddhist Temple. During World War II, husband was arrested and imprisoned in Crystal City Department of Justice Camp, Texas. Mrs. Ichikawa, with her seven children, was removed to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, then to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Joined husband in Crystal City before returning to run the Seattle Buddhist Temple. Mrs. Ichikawa passed away in 1999.

(This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.)

Tomoyo Yamada, interviewer; John Pai, videographer

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