Richard Murakami Segment 23

Born in 1914 (ddr-densho-1000-64-1) - 00:01:07
Description of children (ddr-densho-1000-64-2) - 00:01:32
Present-day community involvement (ddr-densho-1000-64-3) - 00:02:11
Explanation of political views (ddr-densho-1000-64-4) - 00:01:12
Father's family background and life in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-64-5) - 00:01:34
Parents' immigration to the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-64-6) - 00:03:19
Growing up in a station house on pilings, family's Oyster Packing Co. (ddr-densho-1000-64-7) - 00:01:56
Moving to Nahcotta, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-64-8) - 00:01:15
Memories of helping at the family's oyster business (ddr-densho-1000-64-9) - 00:01:35
Living in an oyster station (ddr-densho-1000-64-10) - 00:01:44
Father's role in importing oysters from Japan (ddr-densho-1000-64-11) - 00:04:22
Father's seasonal businesses in oysters and cranberries (ddr-densho-1000-64-12) - 00:02:17
Description of father (ddr-densho-1000-64-13) - 00:01:45
Memories of childhood family home (ddr-densho-1000-64-14) - 00:01:36
Family business: Eagle Oyster Packing Company (ddr-densho-1000-64-15) - 00:02:25
Attending school, facing prejudice (ddr-densho-1000-64-16) - 00:03:06
Recreational activities as a child (ddr-densho-1000-64-17) - 00:00:52
Attending community picnics (ddr-densho-1000-64-18) - 00:01:21
Description of Japanese American neighbors (ddr-densho-1000-64-19) - 00:01:56
Graduating from high school (ddr-densho-1000-64-20) - 00:01:48
The importance of education in family (ddr-densho-1000-64-21) - 00:01:04
Quitting school to help with the oyster business (ddr-densho-1000-64-22) - 00:01:58
Stranded in Oregon when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-64-23) - 00:02:52
Father's nickname (ddr-densho-1000-64-24) - 00:01:13
Driving home after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-64-25) - 00:02:43
Hearing about FBI arrests of community members (ddr-densho-1000-64-26) - 00:03:30
Stopped by a soldier for breaking curfew (ddr-densho-1000-64-27) - 00:01:51
Laughing at the posted notices (ddr-densho-1000-64-28) - 00:02:23
Description of oyster company workers (ddr-densho-1000-64-29) - 00:01:37
Finding out oyster business would be closed (ddr-densho-1000-64-30) - 00:01:40
Being threatened by a soldier for breaking curfew (ddr-densho-1000-64-31) - 00:01:18
Preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-64-32) - 00:02:05
First impressions of Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1000-64-33) - 00:02:59
Working as an accountant in Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1000-64-34) - 00:01:45
Meeting future wife (ddr-densho-1000-64-35) - 00:01:12
Going directly to Tule Lake (ddr-densho-1000-64-36) - 00:01:03
Leaving camp (ddr-densho-1000-64-37) - 00:00:48
Selling the house and cranberry business while in camp (ddr-densho-1000-64-38) - 00:05:01
Working in Chicago (ddr-densho-1000-64-39) - 00:01:50
Buying a car in Chicago (ddr-densho-1000-64-40) - 00:00:57
Returning home with family (ddr-densho-1000-64-41) - 00:01:26
Feeling tension in Nahcotta right after the war (ddr-densho-1000-64-42) - 00:02:28
Fighting to get property back (ddr-densho-1000-64-43) - 00:02:15
Encountering resistance when trying to reestablish business (ddr-densho-1000-64-44) - 00:01:25
The depleted condition of the Eagle Oyster Packing Company after the war (ddr-densho-1000-64-45) - 00:02:05
The negative effects of war on father (ddr-densho-1000-64-46) - 00:02:22
Raising a family (ddr-densho-1000-64-47) - 00:01:52
The present-day oyster industry in South Bend, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-64-48) - 00:01:47
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-64-49) - 00:02:30
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Stranded in Oregon when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor

00:02:52 — Segment 23 of 49

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May 12, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Richard Murakami

Richard Murakami Interview

01:36:52 — 49 segments

May 12, 1998

South Bend, Washington

Nisei male. Born 1914 in Nemah, Washington. His family owned and operated Eagle Oyster Packing Company in Nahcotta, Washington. Incarcerated at the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Returned to Nemah following the war, where his family had to fight to get the company back. Eventually, sold the business to Coast Oyster Company and stayed on as a manager.

Dee Goto, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho