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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-01-0033

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LH: Well, what was the atmosphere like on Bainbridge when you returned?

FH: Well we were kind of leery, it was September when the school just start. My sister and I went to the high school, see the principal. We walked there, because, and asked if it was, how things were. They welcomed us, and just told the kids to come, and send them out, they were glad to see us, so, we were glad. Children went back to school, went to school, and no problem. They made friends right away, and, uh-huh. The bus stopped for us, right by the door, not door, but near the road, you know. Yeah, everything went well.

LH: Did things go so well for, as well for your neighbors, your other Japanese neighbors?

FH: Oh yeah. But gee, lot of neighbors like Japanese, they didn't own the house, they just renting it, so some of 'em couldn't come back. We had the land and house so it was easy for us to come back.

LH: Did, how do you think the Japanese community did as far as rebuilding right after the war? Did they do okay?

FH: It changed. Uh-huh.

LH: It changed?

FH: It changed, 'cause, not very many farmers and older people, they figure it's too late to start all over again.

LH: So how did the community change?

FH: There were lot of new people. And... not many farmers. It changed.


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