Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 14

Sam's family background, working for the Port Blakely mill (ddr-densho-1000-68-1) - 00:04:23
Prewar working conditions in the lumber mills: "Jap 1, Jap 2..." (ddr-densho-1000-68-2) - 00:03:37
Description of prewar "Jap Village" in Port Blakely, Bainbridge Island, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-68-3) - 00:01:51
Father's beginnings in farming after the mill shut down (ddr-densho-1000-68-4) - 00:04:01
Kay's family background: parents' arrival in the U.S., getting into farming (ddr-densho-1000-68-5) - 00:04:06
Helping on family's strawberry farm (ddr-densho-1000-68-6) - 00:02:06
Recreational activities as a child (ddr-densho-1000-68-7) - 00:01:35
Description of "picture bride" system (ddr-densho-1000-68-8) - 00:03:01
Becoming affiliated with Christian church (ddr-densho-1000-68-9) - 00:01:29
Memories of attending church as a child (ddr-densho-1000-68-10) - 00:04:05
Pearl Harbor: "Japan seemed so far away that it's not going to affect us... but I was wrong" (ddr-densho-1000-68-11) - 00:01:53
FBI officers erroneously believe a Buddhist shrine contains a shortwave radio (ddr-densho-1000-68-12) - 00:01:37
Witnessing an FBI raid on family home (ddr-densho-1000-68-13) - 00:03:38
Preparing for mass removal: eight hectic and confusing days (ddr-densho-1000-68-14) - 00:06:23
Choosing what to pack for mass removal with limited information (ddr-densho-1000-68-15) - 00:03:01
"Evacuation day," leaving Bainbridge Island, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-68-16) - 00:05:16
The train ride into the desert: traveling to Manzanar concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-68-17) - 00:01:50
Arrival at Manzanar concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-68-18) - 00:02:36
Remembering the Manzanar "riot" (ddr-densho-1000-68-19) - 00:01:44
Working at the camp hospital (ddr-densho-1000-68-20) - 00:02:43
Transferring to Minidoka concentration camp (ddr-densho-1000-68-21) - 00:01:49
Getting married at Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho (ddr-densho-1000-68-22) - 00:03:05
Having a son in camp (ddr-densho-1000-68-23) - 00:00:50
Leaving camp to work on a ranch (ddr-densho-1000-68-24) - 00:02:31
Trying to keep up with news back home (ddr-densho-1000-68-25) - 00:02:24
Returning home to Bainbridge Island to find tenant refusing to leave (ddr-densho-1000-68-26) - 00:04:36
Memories of those first anxious days back home after the war (ddr-densho-1000-68-27) - 00:03:25
Feeling some cynicism about wartime experiences, but not bitterness (ddr-densho-1000-68-28) - 00:02:54
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Preparing for mass removal: eight hectic and confusing days

00:06:23 — Segment 14 of 28

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June 18, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Isami Nakao
Kazuko Nakao

Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Interview

01:22:29 — 28 segments

June 18, 1998

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Nisei couple. Both grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and were part of the first group of Japanese Americans to be removed. Incarcerated at Manzanar concentration camp, California, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Married while still at Minidoka. Returned to Bainbridge Island after the war.

Donna Harui, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho