Ayame Tsutakawa Interview I Segment 1

Family background (ddr-densho-1000-94-1) - 00:04:00
Parents' reason for emigrating to the United States (ddr-densho-1000-94-2) - 00:01:53
A Kibei's experience: returning to Japan (ddr-densho-1000-94-3) - 00:01:41
Memories of childhood in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-94-4) - 00:05:37
Living with aunt in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-94-5) - 00:03:53
Feeling homesick when separated from mother (ddr-densho-1000-94-6) - 00:03:45
Discussion of the term "Kibei" (ddr-densho-1000-94-7) - 00:03:29
Attending school in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-94-8) - 00:01:43
Great-grandmother's samurai status (ddr-densho-1000-94-9) - 00:03:49
School activities in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-94-10) - 00:02:50
Learning to play the koto (ddr-densho-1000-94-11) - 00:04:53
Mixed feelings about returning to the United States (ddr-densho-1000-94-12) - 00:05:26
Mother's prewar restaurant business (ddr-densho-1000-94-13) - 00:05:30
Making friends with students of different ethnicities (ddr-densho-1000-94-14) - 00:03:14
Keeping in touch with relatives in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-94-15) - 00:06:34
Returning to the United States (ddr-densho-1000-94-16) - 00:02:31
Staying in an International District hotel (ddr-densho-1000-94-17) - 00:04:57
School and recreational activities in Sacramento (ddr-densho-1000-94-18) - 00:05:44
Continuing study of koto (ddr-densho-1000-94-19) - 00:02:59
Participating in Japanese community activities (ddr-densho-1000-94-20) - 00:05:02
Adjusting to life in the United States (ddr-densho-1000-94-21) - 00:02:48
A short koto demonstration (ddr-densho-1000-94-22) - 00:01:40
A walk through the garden and artwork of husband, George Tsutakawa (ddr-densho-1000-94-23) - 00:15:27
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Family background

00:04:00 — Segment 1 of 23

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May 29, 1998

Densho Visual History Collection


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Ayame Tsutakawa

Ayame Tsutakawa Interview I

01:39:25 — 23 segments

May 29, 1998

Seattle, Washington

Kibei female. Born May 23, 1924, in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California. Sent to Japan to live with a relative when thirteen months old. Returned to United States and mother when twelve years old. Incarcerated at Sacramento Assembly Center and Tule Lake concentration camp, both in California. Resettled in Sacramento, California. Married George Tsutakawa, renowned artist, and moved to Seattle, Washington.

Tracy Lai, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer


Courtesy of Densho