Narrators

Narrators are the interview subjects of oral histories contained in the Densho Digital Repository. Our interviewees, or narrators, share their life histories to preserve history, educate the public, and promote tolerance. We urge our users to approach these materials in the same spirit.

852 narrators

Bill Hosokawa

Nisei male. Born in Seattle on January 30, 1915, and attended Washington grade school, Garfield High School and the University of Washington. He grew up ...

Christie O. Ichikawa

Sansei female. Born April 4, 1928, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento before moving to Boyle Heights, California. During World War II, removed to ...

Satoru Ichikawa

Nisei male. Born November 2, 1929, in Fresno, California. Moved with family at a young age to Seattle, Washington, where father was the minister of ...

Yasashi Ichikawa

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 ...

Mary Suzuki Ichino

Nisei female. Born December 9, 1924, in Stockton, California. Grew up Sacramento and Boyle Heights, California. Attended the Maryknoll Catholic school in Los Angeles. During ...

Sumi Ikata

Nisei female. Born March 3, 1918, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Independence, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. Married and was pregnant with first ...

Kay Ikeda

Nisei female. Born 1922 in Fresno, California, where parents owned a tofu shop. Mother passed away prior to World War II giving birth to twin ...

Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda

Nisei male. Born 1924 in Portland, Oregon. Incarcerated at the North Portland Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Kept a diary beginning December, 1941, ...

Victor Ikeda

Nisei male. Born February 4, 1927, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle's Japantown area, where parents operated a hotel. After the bombing of Pearl ...

Ronald Ikejiri

Sansei male. Born December 3, 1948, in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, parents had been incarcerated at the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. ...

Dorothy Ikkanda

Nisei female. Born February 10, 1921, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Santa Monica, California. Married prior to World War II. During the war, ...

Tom Ikkanda

Nisei male. Born August 22, 1917, in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Worked for a reservoir ...

Art Imagire

Nisei male. Born August 1, 1933, in Oakland, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, moved with family to Reno, Nevada, during the ...

Gloria Toshiko Imagire

Nisei female. Born June 25, 1935, in Vacaville, California. Grew up in Vacaville before being removed to the Turlock Assembly Center, California, and the Gila ...

Shig Imai

Nisei male. Born January 16, 1920, in Dee, Oregon. Grew up in Dee, a former sawmill town, where father worked for the Oregon Lumber Company. ...

Ryo Imamura

Sansei male, born 1944 in the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. His father was the late Rev. Kanmo Imamura, a former Bishop of Hawaii and ...

Satsuki Ina

Sansei female. Born May 25, 1944, in the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Her parents, both Kibei, grew up in San Francisco, California. During World ...

Eddie M. Inaba

Nisei male. Born May 9, 1917, in Walnut Grove, California. Parents worked at Canal Ranch, an agricultural community, where they grew produce for Libby, McNeill ...

Hiro Heidi Inahara

Nisei female. Born February 2, 1928, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the Portland area, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed ...

Toshio Inahara

Nisei male. Born 1921 in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Tacoma, Washington, where father ran a Japanese confectionery. In the early 1930s, moved with family ...

Yutaka Inokuchi

Nisei male. Born August 25, 1924, in Waipahu, Hawaii. Grew up on the Waipahu sugar plantation where parents worked. Was attending Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu ...

Daniel Inouye

Nisei male. Born September 7, 1924, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Served in the all-volunteer, all-Nisei, 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II, lost his right ...

Ruby Inouye

Nisei female. Born November 17, 1920, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, and graduated salutatorian from Broadway High School. Was enrolled in the pre-medical ...

Shizue Irei

Issei female. Born November 28, 1932, in Okinawa, Japan. Grew up in Japan where parents ran a farm. During World War II, when the Allied ...

Lilly Kobayashi Irinaga

Nisei female. Born April 5, 1929, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland where parents ran a hotel. In 1941, went with family on a ...
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