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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-01-0005

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LH: So, were many of the Island Japanese involved in strawberry farming?

FH: Most of it.

LH: Most of them?

FH: 'Course, there were barber, Mr. Nakata was a barber. And preacher. Ever since those days, too, Nakata, right now Nakata boys have all kinds of grocery stores, but the parents also, and the oldest brother had store. And Mrs. Nakata was a barber. They had furoba, and...

LH: Furoba?

FH: Uh-huh.

LH: Is that the Japanese bath? Ah. Was that located, in a Japanese community on Bainbridge?

FH: Winslow, Winslow.

LH: On Winslow. What other community centers were there, at the time when you were growing up?

FH: Well, there's no other city on Bainbridge Island, there's only one city, I mean town, whatcha' call.

LH: I've heard of Bainbridge Gardens, and that fact that there was a grocery store, and a filling station.

FH: On Bainbridge Island?

LH: Uh-huh.

FH: Oh, yes, they had a grocery store.

LH: Now is that another area where Japanese congregated?

FH: Not too many. Not too many. In fact, Bainbridge Garden was next land to ours, see. There were, Shibayamas had a home, Shibayamas are related to Haruis, they're brothers. But most of the farmers were in Winslow.

LH: Uh-huh.

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