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Title: Tokio Hirotaka - Toshio Ito - Joe Matsuzawa Interview
Narrators: Tokio Hirotaka, Toshio Ito, Joe Matsuzawa
Interviewer: Alice Ito
Location: Bellevue, Washington
Date: May 21, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-htokio_g-01-0030

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AI: Now, excuse me, but had you, did you get married by this time, or when, when was it that you and, were you married before camp? Or during?

TI: Yeah, Tok married in 19-, 1941.

TH: Right.

TI: Just before we went to camp.

TH: Yeah. 1941. Yeah.

AI: So, so you were, but you were still with your family or, when you went to camp then, you had just been married. So, did you have your own room, just you and your wife, or were you still with your sisters and mother?

TH: Well, let's see. We were just the opposite direction from you, we were in Block 56, so they called us, what they call, "Alaska." I don't know why. Actually, I think we were on the south end, and they were on the north end. These people on the north end, but they called us "Alaska." Well, I guess that's, that might have been some of Mas Inatsu's doings. He, he could really keep things humming. But, and get in a little trouble, too.

TI: Tok, did you live in a separate unit from the rest of your family? You and Sumi lived together, and then your mother and your sisters in another unit, or how did that work out?

TH: No, let's see. No, we were together. My mother, and let's see, there's Mother, Kik...

TI: And Mits.

TH: And Mits, and Michi, that's four of us. And... see...

TI: Well that's five, with your mother.

TH: Yeah. Then, Kaz and her four kids, I don't know if they... that barrack must have had just a, it seemed like, yeah, there must have been a partition. Because they stayed in one part. Because, just as soon as the war started why, Tom was taken -- Tom Matsuoka was taken. So I think Kaz and the four kids stayed in half of that. Well anyway, it was, I think we were two separate families. At least, we didn't have to all stay in one. How was, was that the way it was with you?

TI: Yes, our family was all in one. Yes. Yeah, the four, well, the three... yeah, there was five of us, Sumi was married.

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