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Title: Fumiko Hayashida Interview
Narrator: Fumiko Hayashida
Interviewers: Lori Hoshino (primary), Alice Ito (secondary)
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Date: March 16, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-hfumiko-01-0001

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LH: You know, you have a very unique point of view because you are from Bainbridge, and you had two kids, and you were pregnant. And, they just told you in a, less than a week.

FH: What a sad day. Scary day.

LH: Scary.

FH: 'Cause I, let's see, I was only twenty-eight, and had two children, third on the way. Don't know where you're going. I mean, you know where you're going but you don't know how long you're gonna stay. And, you wonder what happens to the home that we left. It's quite scary.

LH: Lot of questions. No answers.

FH: No answer. But we went, we have to go follow, trust the government, and, so we went without protest with just what you could carry.

LH: I can imagine though, if you're pregnant, and you're already carrying one child, how much more can you carry?

FH: That's it, diapers. [Laughs]

LH: Diapers. Lots of diapers.

FH: We had suitcase. We never travel, we had to scramble around for suitcase. I know that Saburo, my husband went and bought old tin... I remember that suitcase was kinda tin, you know, it had a steel tin.

LH: And each person, how many suitcases were they allowed to have?

FH: Pardon?

LH: How many suitcases was each person allowed to have?

FH: Yeah, what you can carry is what they said. Some carried more, but you went by. Like my sister said, children had a little rocking chair, so she says, she just thought, well she'll just bring it, you know what I mean, it went by, they got the rocking chair, children's rocking chair, at the camp.

LH: What a surprise.

FH: So, she was smart. We should've did something like that, but we...

LH: Hard to say, hard to know what to pack, I would imagine.

FH: Yeah.

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