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Title: Hideo Hoshide Interview I
Narrator: Hideo Hoshide
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: January 26 & 27, 2006
Densho ID: denshovh-hhideo-01-0001

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TI: Today is January 26, 2006, and we are at the Densho offices, and we're interviewing Mr. Hoshide here. And my name is Tom Ikeda and I'm the interviewer, and on camera we have Dana Hoshide, who's running the camera. So I'm just going to start by asking you some, some sort of brief questions about your background. And the first question is: when you were born, what was the full name that was given to you?

HH: My dad named me Hideo Hoshide, but the name means "eiyuu" in Japanese character, which is a "hero." And I thought it was kind of an unusual name, but quite a, have this kind of meaning behind that. So I just kept it to that instead of taking another, no middle name, just Hideo.

TI: Oh, that's interesting. So your name means "hero" in Japanese?

HH: Yes. Eiyuu.

TI: Oh, I didn't know that. That's good. And then when and where were you born?

HH: I was born in Tacoma, Washington, and I was born on September 25, 1917.

TI: Okay, so that would make you how old today? That makes you...

HH: I'll be eighty-eight years old.

TI: So you're eighty-eight years old. While we're talking about your birth, why don't we talk about your brothers and sisters? Can you tell me your brothers and sisters, kind of in the order that they were born?

HH: Yes. I have only a brother, who's the oldest, and then I came in second...

TI: Okay, so you, and your oldest, older brother's name is...

HH: Kiyoshi.

TI: Okay. And he was born in, like, 1915?

HH: 1915.

TI: Okay, and then you were born second.

HH: Yes. And then Yaeko. I think she's about six years younger than me.

TI: Yeah, she was born in 1922.

HH: 1922. And then Mutsumi, who is, I think, about two years or so, two or three years younger.

TI: Right. And she was born in 1925. So there were four of you.

HH: Yes.

TI: Kiyoshi, you, Yaeko and Mutsumi.

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