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Title: Take Murayama Interview
Narrator: Take Murayama
Interviewer: Tomoyo Yamada
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: March 13, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-mtake-01-0003

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[Translated from Japanese]

TY: Everything was finally ready, and you boarded on the ship for the U.S.

TM: It was hard to get a passport, so we couldn't come together. Since it took a while for me to get a passport, he had already returned to Seattle alone.

TY: Could you tell me a little bit about the ship? How many days did it take to Seattle?

TM: Let's see, fourteen days or so. I think it took about fifteen days.

TY: Were all the passengers Japanese?

TM: Yes, Japan, the Japanese ships. There were two Japanese ships. And, one of the ships, what was the name? It was called, something-maru, but I forgot it, too. See, this is from a hundred years ago. [Laughs] So, see, I've forgotten it all.

TY: Two weeks on the ship. What was the life on the ship like?

TM: It was a Japanese ship, you see. They served Japanese food. All, yes, all the food was Japanese. I came here. I came here by myself. My husband had returned here already, but my passport, it was hard to get it because it was my first one. It was not issued easily. So, he had returned to Seattle a step ahead of me, and I came by myself. But, there were only young people on the ship at that time. That kind of people. There were no foreigners. They were all Japanese. How many passengers were there on the ship, I wonder. It was lively. Yes. It was fun. I had a lot of fun. I just remember that. It was like we were on the exciting journey, and we had fun. I wasn't either sad or depressed at all. Well, I was coming for my husband, so there was no way I would be sad, you know. Anyway, there was no feeling like sadness inside of me. Everybody was alike, everybody was the same: passengers, right? Everybody was, see, young people and a lot of people were brides like me. There were two, the ships, you know. And, one was called what-maru, I wonder. It was called something-maru, and it only boarded Japanese. There were no hakujin at all on the ship.

TY: Then, you arrived in the U.S. and came to Seattle.

TM: Yes, I came to Seattle.

TY: Then, you were re-united with your husband, right?

TM: Yes, that's right. Yes.

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