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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-01-0006

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LH: So when there were... were there occasions that the whole Japanese community got together for social events?

FH: We used to always have New Year party. I think a lot of it, just the men though, I don't think the ladies went. They just, New Year's and... these men used to dress up and go New Year, and is it -- the Emperor's Birthday? 29th or was it -- ? April -- or anyway, 29th, they all went to, dressed up, went to celebrate, I guess.

LH: So, and this was only the men that got to go celebrate?

FH: Just the men only, uh-huh.

LH: Now were there times when...

FH: Issei men. I don't think Niseis went.

LH: And were there times when the women got together for special events?

FH: Only time that we all family got together is early picnic. We used to have picnic once a year. Then the whole family goes. All dressed up. They didn't wear, girls didn't wear pants. Those days, we dressed up.

LH: Oh, can you describe what you would wear to a picnic?

FH: Well, I remember had new dress made from a neighbor, hakujin that used to sew. I still remember the dress. We wore dresses and...

LH: And, how did the boys dress?

FH: Huh?

LH: How did the boys dress?

FH: We didn't have any brother. I mean, brother, they just wear knicks, knickers, or something.

LH: So, it was sort of a special occasion to go to a picnic. What kind of foods would you eat?

FH: What?

LH: What kinds of foods would you eat at this picnic?

FH: When I'm pregnant?

LH: Oh, no, at the picnic.

FH: At the picnic. Oh, we made all kinds of gochiso. Sushi, and once-a-year sushi.

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