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Title: Mitsuko Hashiguchi Interview
Narrator: Mitsuko Hashiguchi
Interviewer: James Arima
Location: Bellevue, Washington
Date: July 28, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-hmitsuko-01-0026

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JA: Earlier you mentioned how that you would do sledding on Lake Bellevue.

MH: Yes, that's right. That's most exciting days. During those days the lake used to freeze, but after that, as our children were growing up, the lakes froze off and on very little, but during our days it froze solid, just frozen solid, so all of us used to go skating on there and pull a sled around. And then in the evening we used to burn a bonfire, and they used to skate out there and everything so it was just a fun lake that we were all able to enjoy. At that time it used to freeze hard, I think, because there were trees and bushes around it. Now there is all that condo and things built around it, but at that time I think that's the reason it froze so bad.

JA: And this was Nikkei and Caucasians from Bellevue?

MH: Oh, yes. We all went out. The Nikkeis, (...) too. They all went out there, yes.

JA: So again, there was a lot of intermingling between cultures.

MH: Oh, yes. Yes, there was. Uh-huh.

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