Tomio Moriguchi Interview III Segment 1

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Where it all began, a look at the current production of satsumaage and a discussion of how it differs from when his father first made it by hand

Filmed on location.

00:04:37 — Segment 1 of 4

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February 14, 2000

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Tomio Moriguchi

Tomio Moriguchi Interview III

00:12:37 — 4 segments

February 14, 2000

Seattle, Washington

Ni-ten-gosei (Nisei/Sansei) male. Born 1936 in Tacoma, Washington. During World War II, was incarcerated with his family at Tule Lake concentration camp. After the war, resettled in Seattle's Nihonmachi, where his father reestablished the family business, Uwajimaya, selling Japanese foodstuff and other items. Worked at Uwajimaya throughout his childhood -- along with his seven brothers and sisters -- prior to and while attending Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Garfield High School, and the University of Washington. Worked at the Boeing Company before leaving to help run Uwajimaya, becoming CEO and President of Uwajimaya in 1965. In addition, actively serves and holds leadership positions in more than 40 civic, social, and professional organizations, and has received numerous honors and awards from both the Nikkei community, and the non-Nikkei mainstream. Uwajimaya is presently the largest food-related Japanese American owned business in the Pacific Northwest, generating over $60 million in annual gross income. It is also remains largely a "family business," employing six out of the seven siblings in key roles.

(Filmed on location.)

Becky Fukuda, interviewer; Steve Hamada, videographer

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