Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 23

Born in Hood River, Oregon (ddr-densho-1000-45-1) - 00:00:31
Parents' reasons for immigrating to United States: no work in Japan after Russo-Japan war (ddr-densho-1000-45-2) - 00:04:36
A Kibei's story: leaving the United States to be educated in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-3) - 00:01:50
Stricter discipline in Japan's education system (ddr-densho-1000-45-4) - 00:04:49
Comparing education in the United States and Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-5) - 00:05:05
Being a United States citizen with a Japanese face (ddr-densho-1000-45-6) - 00:04:06
Returning to the United States (ddr-densho-1000-45-7) - 00:01:56
First job upon return to the U.S.: picking strawberries (ddr-densho-1000-45-8) - 00:02:00
Returning to the U.S. and attending school (ddr-densho-1000-45-9) - 00:05:13
Comparing education in the United States and Japan: military focus in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-10) - 00:06:06
Finishing high school in the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-45-11) - 00:00:35
Attending the University of Washington while working as a houseboy (ddr-densho-1000-45-12) - 00:03:45
Adjusting to university life (ddr-densho-1000-45-13) - 00:01:20
Going to school on December 8th, supportive classmates (ddr-densho-1000-45-14) - 00:05:32
Being drafted when the U.S. military was refusing Japanese American volunteers (ddr-densho-1000-45-15) - 00:03:46
A Kibei perspective on U.S. military service and serving the occupation forces (ddr-densho-1000-45-16) - 00:02:48
Being drafted, and basic training (ddr-densho-1000-45-17) - 00:02:23
Finishing basic training and being assigned to the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-1000-45-18) - 00:04:46
First arriving at Camp Savage (ddr-densho-1000-45-19) - 00:04:38
Recruiting for the Military Intelligence Service in the concentration camps (ddr-densho-1000-45-20) - 00:06:50
Meeting future wife at the Military Intelligence Service Language School (ddr-densho-1000-45-21) - 00:06:45
Remaining an instructor at the Military Intelligence Service Language School, then deciding to serve in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-22) - 00:05:10
Arriving in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-23) - 00:04:06
Visiting relatives and neighbors in occupied Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-24) - 00:02:17
Working as a researcher for the U.S. occupation forces in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-25) - 00:02:30
Duties of occupation forces in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-26) - 00:06:06
Duties during the war crimes trials in postwar Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-27) - 00:05:00
Returning to the United States (ddr-densho-1000-45-28) - 00:01:34
Witnessing the destruction in postwar Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-29) - 00:03:29
Finishing college degree in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-30) - 00:01:33
A Kibei perspective on U.S. military service and serving the occupation forces (ddr-densho-1000-45-31) - 00:07:14
A unique position as a Japanese American serving in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-45-32) - 00:02:38
Returning to the United States from service in occupied Japan, resettling in Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-45-33) - 00:03:53
Rebuilding the Japanese American community (ddr-densho-1000-45-34) - 00:05:18
Reflections on the future of the Japanese American community, interracial marriage (ddr-densho-1000-45-35) - 00:03:56
Combine the positive aspects of Japanese and American cultures (ddr-densho-1000-45-36) - 00:03:30
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Arriving in Japan

00:04:06 — Segment 23 of 36

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October 29, 1997

Densho Visual History Collection


Courtesy of Densho


Takashi Matsui

Takashi Matsui Interview

02:17:34 — 36 segments

October 29, 1997

Seattle, Washington

Kibei male. Born January 20, 1917, in Hood River, Oregon. Lived in Seattle, Washington, before being taken to Japan by mother at the age of three. Completed elementary through high school in Japan. Returned to Seattle at seventeen years of age. Continued education in United States. Drafted in 1942 and was an instructor for the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). Also served with U.S. occupation forces in postwar Japan and was a war crimes trial investigator. Resettled in Seattle.

Elmer Good, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho