Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 19

Family backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-76-1) - 00:06:43
Toru's parents' marriage (ddr-densho-1000-76-2) - 00:02:35
Father's job growing produce and bringing it to market (ddr-densho-1000-76-3) - 00:05:23
Growing up Nisei in Fife, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-76-4) - 00:03:38
Japanese American culture during childhood (ddr-densho-1000-76-5) - 00:01:52
Description of family home and farm (ddr-densho-1000-76-6) - 00:03:08
Seinenkai, sports, and other Nisei social activities (ddr-densho-1000-76-7) - 00:04:27
Kiyo's parents' immigration story: swimming out to catch a boat to Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-76-8) - 00:03:43
Parents' prewar life, becoming Christian (ddr-densho-1000-76-9) - 00:05:53
Kiyo's parents early life in the United States (ddr-densho-1000-76-10) - 00:06:37
Kiyo's memories of childhood (ddr-densho-1000-76-11) - 00:02:23
Moving to Seattle, living in a "bad neighborhood" (ddr-densho-1000-76-12) - 00:03:04
Moving to Kingston, Washington (ddr-densho-1000-76-13) - 00:03:42
Working as a housegirl during high school (ddr-densho-1000-76-14) - 00:03:54
Brother's education (ddr-densho-1000-76-15) - 00:01:37
Dating and organized socials prewar (ddr-densho-1000-76-16) - 00:01:55
Participating in community activities (ddr-densho-1000-76-17) - 00:01:49
Toru's brother's life in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-76-18) - 00:08:20
Attending college with the aim of becoming an attorney (ddr-densho-1000-76-19) - 00:03:19
Living at the University Students Club (ddr-densho-1000-76-20) - 00:03:12
Activities of the University Students Club (ddr-densho-1000-76-21) - 00:04:05
The role of the University Students Club in providing housing (ddr-densho-1000-76-22) - 00:05:06
Attending the University of Washington (ddr-densho-1000-76-23) - 00:05:18
Kiyo's work with the YWCA (ddr-densho-1000-76-24) - 00:03:39
The Fuyokai and the University of Washington (ddr-densho-1000-76-25) - 00:04:50
Kiyo's reaction to bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-76-26) - 00:05:01
Atmosphere and events following Pearl Harbor: denied service at a barbershop, being under surveillance by the FBI (ddr-densho-1000-76-27) - 00:07:15
Attending an emergency meeting of the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-76-28) - 00:02:29
Hearing about the Tolan congressional committee hearings (ddr-densho-1000-76-29) - 00:02:10
A rushed wedding before mass removal (ddr-densho-1000-76-30) - 00:04:13
Beginnings of Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-1000-76-31) - 00:04:14
Attending a JACL meeting after the war started (ddr-densho-1000-76-32) - 00:02:45
Admiring Gordon Hirabayashi's defiance of the curfew order (ddr-densho-1000-76-33) - 00:02:12
Preparing for mass removal: selling everything (ddr-densho-1000-76-34) - 00:03:33
Trip to Puyallup Assembly Center: arranging own transportation (ddr-densho-1000-76-35) - 00:01:56
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Attending college with the aim of becoming an attorney

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

00:03:19 — Segment 19 of 35

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February 24, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Toru Sakahara
Kiyo Sakahara

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I

02:16:00 — 35 segments

February 24, 1998

Seattle, Washington

Toru Sakahara, Nisei male. Born September 19, 1916, in Fife, Washington. Kiyo Kamikawa Sakahara, Nisei female. Born February 8, 1920, in South Park, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Sakahara were married shortly before mass removal in 1942 so they wouldn't be separated during the war. Both were incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled during the war to Salt Lake City, Utah, and returned to Seattle after the end of World War II. Mr. Sakahara worked on behalf of individuals filing claims for restitution under the Evacuation Claims Act and helped in the repeal of the Washington State alien land laws. Mr. Sakahara was a longtime member and former president of Japanese Community Service.

(This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.)

Dee Goto, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho