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Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-53-17)
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FBI seizure of weapons and radio equipment after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga Interview II Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-250-11)
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Experiencing prejudice in school following the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "At that point, I was mad at Japan"
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-153-35)
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Memories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "I thought it was a joke or something"

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who …

Mary Hamano Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-215-12)
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Spending the day in L.A.'s Japantown when Pearl Harbor was bombed
Frances Midori Tashiro Kaji Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-258-10)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor: returning to school the next day

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 …

Cookie Takeshita Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-465-6)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, remembering the kindness of the school principal
Daniel Inouye Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-28-4)
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Attitude and recollections of Japanese Americans living in Hawaii during the bombing of Pearl Harbor

This interview was conducted at the senator's office in Honolulu, Hawaii, as part of a series of interviews with veterans attending the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of the full conference schedule, the …

Kay Matsuoka Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-48-12)
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The bombing of Pearl Harbor: parents' attitude, "Whatever government says to do, we're to obey"; losing the farm, dressmaker's shop
Kay Matsuoka Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-48-25)
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Reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor: getting rid of everything Japanese
Mary Hirata Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-22-10)
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Reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor: burning all things Japanese
Mits Takahashi Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-207-9)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "We were really bewildered more than anything else"
Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-102-9)
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Hearing of the bombing of Pearl Harbor while on leave from Fort Lewis
Yuri Kochiyama Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-257-4)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while teaching Sunday school; father's arrest by the FBI
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-98-16)
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Violating the curfew to see sick mother-in-law, and father-in-law is detained
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-98-13)
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Days following Pearl Harbor, "We're gonna put those Japs ... in camp, behind barbed wire"
Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-138-3)
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Memories of FBI raid on family home on December 7, 1941

William Toshio Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was interviewed individually on November 14, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned to conduct their …

May Ota Higa Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-174-17)
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Hearing of the bombing of Pearl Harbor while visiting with Japanese American soldiers
Mits Koshiyama Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-130-4)
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Upon hearing of the Pearl Harbor attack, believing that the U.S. government would speak up and protect Japanese Americans: "but I was wrong"
Bill Thompson Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-90-12)
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Hawaiian Japanese Americans rush to volunteer for service after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Given the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were shorter in length than typical Densho interviews and concentrated on a single topic, …

Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-42-5)
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Attending school the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.

Toshio Moritsugu Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-318-14)
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Seeing the military planes fly over during 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 …

Jimi Yamaichi Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-106-3)
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Events following Pearl Harbor: a Caucasian friend's tearful warning, and opportunistic farmers look to cash in on the mass removal
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