Densho Digital Archive
Densho Visual History Collection
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-01-0019

<Begin Segment 19>

LH: Let's see. When you're leaving and getting on the ferry boat, from Bainbridge, and you're on the ferry, and not knowing exactly where you're going, can you recall that ferry boat ride, what it felt like at the time?

FH: It was a little boat. It wasn't a ferry boat; it was a passenger boat that ran special for us from different dock, to Seattle dock. And there was train waiting for us there all ready, so we just go on the ferry, and after we got off we had marching onto the train, right at the -- right near the terminal.


LH: Fumi, I'd like to back up a little bit and ask you about your thoughts as you were on the ferry, and the ferry was leaving the Bainbridge dock. If you had, did you have any thoughts at that time, in particular about leaving?

FH: Well, I guess, no time. Just worried, that's all. At least we were all together.

LH: Were you able to be together with your sisters' families?

FH: Yes, they was all on the same boat.

LH: I see.

FH: Except, I have a sister in Seattle. And she was married and living in Seattle so she was still...

LH: So when you arrived in Seattle, and your Bainbridge group was supposed to go onto some trains, your sister in Seattle didn't have to go at that time.

FH: No.

LH: They, the Seattle group left later, is that correct? The Seattle group left at a different time.

FH: Oh, there was lots of Seattle people on the viaduct. Watching us.

LH: Is that right?

FH: Well I didn't think it's all Japanese but, lots of people there. The boat, the train came right near the ferry terminal. We went directly to the train and we were put in according to our numbers.

<End Segment 19> - Copyright © 1998 Densho. All Rights Reserved.