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Title: Tad Kuniyuki Interview
Narrator: Tad Kuniyuki
Interviewers: Tom Ikeda, Shin Yu Pai
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: October 28, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-ktad-01-0001

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TI: So Tad, the way I start this is, I just mention today's date, which is Tuesday, October 28, 2008, and we're at the Densho office. And I'm the interviewer, my name is Tom Ikeda, and then the other interviewer is Shin Yu Pai, and on camera, we have Dana Hoshide. And so, like we talked about earlier, this is just a conversation about your life. And so the first question I just want to ask you is, can you tell me when you were born?

TK: August 12, 1912. That's on my birth certificate.

TI: Good, and do you remember where? Where were you born?

TK: Oh, the address on there is 620 Weller Street.

TI: And so that's Seattle, Washington, so that's right in the Nihonmachi area.

TK: Yes.

TI: And do you remember, or did anyone tell you, were you born like at home, or at a hospital?

TK: That part I don't know. I think it was at the hospital, but I'm not sure.

TI: Okay, good. And then, your birth, when you were born, the name that your parents gave you at your birth?

TK: Tadashi.

TI: So Tadashi Kuniyuki. How about a middle name? Did you have a middle name?

TK: No.

TI: So when we look at your birth, how about your siblings, you know, brothers and sisters. Why don't you tell me who your, like your older brother and maybe the birth order of your siblings.

TK: What about them?

TI: Can you tell me the names of your brothers?

TK: Oh. Yukio was the oldest.

TI: And when was he born? Or how much older is he?

TK: Four years, 1908. And then Kaname was the second one, he was born 1910. Then I was born. Then my sister, she's four less than I am, Mariko. She's four less than I am, I think.

TI: So about 1916.

TK: Yeah. And there was another girl that was born later, but she died when she was three.

TI: And do you recall how she died?

TK: No, I have no idea.

TI: So you have, so you had two brothers and two sisters, one of who died when she was a baby.

TK: Yes, uh-huh.

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