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Drawing inside the laundry room at Tanforan Assembly Center

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Kenneth Nobuji Iyeki Collection

Caption written by Kenneth Iyeki: "This scene is the inside of the camp laundry which we of barracks #14, #13, and #16 used. Most of the time, there would be no hot water, and we would have to carry it from the latrines in pails, if the latrines had hot water. OVer half of the tubs were cracked, and one would scrub clothes while the tub water cascaded down over the knees. This room incidently is the room, the last room in which all the evacuees were in before the long trip to Utah. We picked up our baggage which were stacked on hastily constructed racks, and then left the room for a few hundred yards walk to the awaiting train."

c. Apr.-Oct. 1942




Courtesy of the Kenneth Nobuji Iyeki Collection, Densho