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Title: Kenge Kobayashi Interview
Narrator: Kenge Kobayashi
Interviewer: Alice Ito
Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Date: July 4, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-kkenge-01-0010

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AI: So I wanted to ask to you back up a little bit and if you could describe what the Tule Lake camp atmosphere was like before Mr. Okamoto was killed.

KK: Well, it was okay. I think, I knew there was pro-Japanese element that was trying to spread rumors and stuff there, but it didn't bother me. I noticed my father was getting a visitor all the time by this pro-Japanese person, and he got tired of listening to him so he turned his back every time he come. But, could I tell you a funny story? I heard about all these people listening to rumors and spreading rumors around about Japan doing this and that, they gonna to invade one of these days. So a friend of mine and I got together and we captured these seagulls that was flying around, and we painted red meatball on the wings, and a few days later there was a rumor that Japanese zeros was flying around. [Laughs]

AI: That sounds really like the kind of prank that a young high school fellow would play.

KK: Yeah.

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