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Title: Asano Terao Interview I
Narrator: Asano Terao
Interviewers: Tomoyo Yamada (primary), Dee Goto (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: May 19, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-tasano-01-0028

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[Translated from Japanese]

TY: So you came to the States with an intention to live permanently?

AT: I didn't mean to live permanently at first. I came because I thought it would be nice to see the places I never knew. [Laughs] Isn't that right, the U.S., I heard it was large, very large.

TY: You heard many good stories, too.

AT: Yes, I said that it would be good enough just to see the place called Amerika. It would be nice if we could go, then we should go to the U.S., we said. So we came. We went all the way to Mexico, and to the east, we also went as far as to New York. We had fun there. That trip, it wasn't that long, though. Luckily, a friend of mine had a house in New York, so we stayed there. We played around for a week, and there is the Statue of Liberty in New York, right? The woman, what, we were taken there by ship. Forty-eight stories or forty-two stories, it was like a big tall building. There, we went up. They showed us around. We had fun for a week.

TY: Was it right after you arrived in the U.S.?

AT: Yes, we came to the U.S., and, not soon after, no, it hadn't been that long since I went there. It has been only eight years or so. Not long ago, I think it has been seven or eight years. Well, my friend got married and went to New York. She said that we should stay at her house when we visited New York. We wondered what we should do, but we thought that we should go, so we went. Then three rooms on the second floor were vacant. So we said that we should ask them if we could stay there, and the family slept downstairs and we three went. We said that two of us would sleep downstairs, and we slept on the second floor, and we were going in and out, in and out of New York, and they showed us around. There is the Statue of Liberty in New York. The one standing. We said that we wanted to go by ship. We also saw it close. Then we came back, but I haven't been there since then. I am sorry. I've done such a great thing. To New York, well, you don't really have a chance to go. To this direction, I went to California, and there was a border where you made one step and you would be in Mexico. It was written, it was written that Mexico from here and the U.S. from here. There was no line or anything. When I went there, there was a notice board. I said, "Well, I should make a step into Mexico," and one step, two steps... Nobody was watching, you know. I stepped in there, and I came back. I really don't feel like I want to go visit places any more. I have been to Canada, too.

TY: That's nice that you have been to many places.

AT: I had fun there. But, no more, what, I don't feel like I want to go anywhere any more.

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