Hiroko Nakashima Segment 1

Parents' family histories (ddr-densho-1000-69-1) - 00:02:57
Living in family-operated hotel (ddr-densho-1000-69-2) - 00:03:23
Attending elementary school and Japanese language school in Spokane, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-69-3) - 00:06:50
Cultural lessons: "koto" and Japanese dance (ddr-densho-1000-69-4) - 00:01:58
Description of family's hotel (ddr-densho-1000-69-5) - 00:04:41
Living in Japan: being told about the move, packing belongings (ddr-densho-1000-69-6) - 00:06:49
Getting seasick, arriving in Yokohama (ddr-densho-1000-69-7) - 00:02:24
Adapting to life in Japan, fitting in as an "Amerikajin" (ddr-densho-1000-69-8) - 00:06:45
Differences between Japanese and American schools (ddr-densho-1000-69-9) - 00:03:24
(ddr-densho-1000-69-10) - 00:01:02
Working with other students in a factory in Japan to help the war effort (ddr-densho-1000-69-11) - 00:04:03
Graduating from high school, working as an interpreter at the Yanai Railroad Transportation Office during the U.S. occupation (ddr-densho-1000-69-12) - 00:06:13
(ddr-densho-1000-69-13) - 00:01:04
Returning to America following the war, meeting other Kibei on the ship (ddr-densho-1000-69-14) - 00:02:12
Surviving an air raid, reaction to news of the atomic bombs (ddr-densho-1000-69-15) - 00:04:39
Hardships during the war, food shortages and ground-up grasshoppers (ddr-densho-1000-69-16) - 00:03:37
Treatment in Japan as an American; reactions to Japan's surrender" "[O]ur heart was still in America" (ddr-densho-1000-69-17) - 00:03:04
Attending high school, living with family friends (ddr-densho-1000-69-18) - 00:05:10
Mother's expectations of marriage for her daughters (ddr-densho-1000-69-19) - 00:01:51
Recreational activities in Yanai, Japan (ddr-densho-1000-69-20) - 00:02:55
Getting married to a Japanese American serviceman (ddr-densho-1000-69-21) - 00:04:42
Having children, eventually moving to Seattle (ddr-densho-1000-69-22) - 00:04:03
(ddr-densho-1000-69-23) - 00:01:28
Reasons for parents remaining in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-69-24) - 00:03:41
Always planning on returning to the U.S., having to wait out the war (ddr-densho-1000-69-25) - 00:02:43
Treatment of Japanese Americans in Spokane during the war (ddr-densho-1000-69-26) - 00:01:53
Raising own children: Catholic school, not Japanese language school (ddr-densho-1000-69-27) - 00:02:55
Reflections on experiences (ddr-densho-1000-69-28) - 00:02:32
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Parents' family histories

00:02:57 — Segment 1 of 28

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October 15, 1999

Densho Visual History Collection


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Hiroko Nakashima

Hiroko Nakashima Interview

01:38:58 — 28 segments

October 15, 1999

Seattle, Washington

Kibei female. Born 1927 in Spokane, Washington. Went to Japan at the age of twelve with her mother and sister to visit relatives and gain a "Japanese education." Was in Japan when World War II broke out, remaining there for the duration of the war. Returned to the United States soon after the war ended, married a Japanese American U.S. Navy serviceman (who soon after the wedding was sent overseas to serve in Japan) and eventually settled in Seattle, Washington. This interview focuses on her experiences as an American living in Japan during the war.

Tracy Lai, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


Courtesy of Densho