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Title: Masao Watanabe Interview
Narrator: Masao Watanabe
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 19, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-wmasao-01-0003

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TI: Okay. Let's jump to the United States, and your mom and dad were here. How many children did they have? In other words, how many brothers and sisters did you have?

MW: Okay. I'll start with the family first. There's five of us. I'm right in the middle. I have a older brother. I had a older brother, older sister, younger sister, and a younger brother. And when they first came over, he had a little greenhouse out by Greenwood. It's very commercial now, but at that time it was, say, country.

TI: So this is your father, had a greenhouse in Greenwood. Okay.

MW: And then from there they eventually got into the public market scene, where they started to, more or less, sell goods that they grew.

TI: Do you know how your father decided to get into the public market? Was that something that other Japanese did or what was his thinking about going from a greenhouse to the public market?

MW: That's a good question, because he was not a farmer. He wasn't from a farming family, but I do know he started in the market with a partner, and I think the partner had something to do with the growing of vegetables and the selling of fruits and vegetables at the market. I think his background was not that of a seller of goods, but he got into it, and he was at that for a long, long time.

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