Ayako Murakami - Masako Murakami Segment 30

Parents' immigration to U.S. in the early 1900s (ddr-densho-1000-63-1) - 00:00:42
Early years in Seattle, opening a retail store (ddr-densho-1000-63-2) - 00:01:48
Saving money to start the family business, Higo's Ten Cent Store (ddr-densho-1000-63-3) - 00:05:31
Recreational activities as children: visiting Playland (ddr-densho-1000-63-4) - 00:01:51
Attending church, going to school (ddr-densho-1000-63-5) - 00:02:12
Attending Bailey Gatzert Elementary School and the Japanese language school in Seattle, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-63-6) - 00:05:13
Family lessons, saving money and sharing (ddr-densho-1000-63-7) - 00:03:11
Seattle's prewar Bon Odori (ddr-densho-1000-63-8) - 00:01:47
Prewar holidays and celebrations (ddr-densho-1000-63-9) - 00:03:07
Father considers returning to Japan (ddr-densho-1000-63-10) - 00:01:59
Being questioned by the FBI and released: one issei's response to the question of loyalty (ddr-densho-1000-63-11) - 00:03:35
Father anticipates the onset of war (ddr-densho-1000-63-12) - 00:01:06
Events following Pearl Harbor: FBI pick-ups, buying and storing provisions (ddr-densho-1000-63-13) - 00:04:07
Protecting the family business, preparing for the future (ddr-densho-1000-63-14) - 00:02:45
Packing for mass removal; memories of Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-1000-63-15) - 00:04:34
Adjusting to life in Minidoka concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-63-16) - 00:01:03
Working as a teacher in Minidoka concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-63-17) - 00:04:04
Teaching children to cook in camp (ddr-densho-1000-63-18) - 00:05:14
Fond memories of students in camp (ddr-densho-1000-63-19) - 00:03:19
Getting permission to temporarily leave camp and visit a nearby town (ddr-densho-1000-63-20) - 00:02:19
Leaving camp and returning to Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-63-21) - 00:02:05
Returning to Seattle after World War II, reopening the family business (ddr-densho-1000-63-22) - 00:03:43
Few difficulties reopening family store (ddr-densho-1000-63-23) - 00:01:52
Thoughts about the end of the war (ddr-densho-1000-63-24) - 00:01:40
Visiting Japan after the war (ddr-densho-1000-63-25) - 00:05:50
Thoughts on running the family's store postwar (ddr-densho-1000-63-26) - 00:03:54
The current small business community (ddr-densho-1000-63-27) - 00:03:28
An "independent woman," a desire to travel (ddr-densho-1000-63-28) - 00:02:02
Lessons learned from mother (ddr-densho-1000-63-29) - 00:03:26
Reflections on incarceration experience, the decision to not protest (ddr-densho-1000-63-30) - 00:01:16
Saving money to start the family business, Higo's Ten Cent Store (ddr-densho-1000-63-31) - 00:04:59
Interacting with people of diverse backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-63-32) - 00:03:04
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ddr-densho-1000-63-30 (Legacy UID: denshovh-mayako_g-01-0030)

Reflections on incarceration experience, the decision to not protest

00:01:16 — Segment 30 of 32

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December 14, 1997

Densho Visual History Collection


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Ayako Murakami
Masako Murakami

Ayako Murakami - Masako Murakami Interview

01:36:46 — 32 segments

December 14, 1997

Seattle, Washington

This interview was conducted with sisters Masako and Ayako Murakami, who were coproprietors of the Higo Variety Store in Seattle's International District. Both sisters were incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Both resettled in Seattle, Washington, after the war

Dee Goto, interviewer; Alice Ito, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho