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Title: Esther Takei Nishio Interview
Narrator: Esther Takei Nishio
Interviewer: Sharon Yamato
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: September 21, 2011
Densho ID: denshovh-nesther-01-0028

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SY: And when you and, how long were you dating Shig before you decided to get married?

EN: Well, I think met him the summer of '46.

SY: So pretty soon after camp.

EN: And he was supposed to be drafted, I think, that fall, but just before he had to go in they, the war ended or something and he didn't have to join the army, and so we were married in June of '47.

SY: Wow. So that was lucky.

EN: So I was the first one to get married in our Pasona group, so it was really hectic 'cause we didn't what, how to have a wedding. [Laughs] We didn't know what to do.

SY: You had your friends to help you, though.

EN: They helped me. It was so funny, it was the first wedding and we didn't want to get too fancy, and we had it, we wanted to have the wedding at our church in Pasadena, but we invited so many people it was too tiny. So we had it at the church in Los Angeles. I don't remember the name of the church, but it was Reverend James Yamazaki's church.

SY: I see.

EN: 'Cause it was a little larger.

SY: It was a Methodist church?

EN: I think his was, no, it wasn't Methodist. It was something else. But anyway, we were gonna have Curry's frozen punch -- that was a favorite of ours -- and tea sandwiches, nothing fancy. Mom and Dad wanted us to have a Japanese chop suey dinner, and on East First Street, that was a norm, but we insisted on this American style punch and sandwiches. So all my Pasona girls came over and busily made all these little tea sandwiches for us, and we ordered this frozen punch from, I think it was Curry's Ice Cream, and we hauled it over to the church reception hall. And so time for the reception we came out after the wedding and had our reception, but lo and behold the serving committee had thawed out the punch 'cause they didn't realize it was supposed to be frozen punch. [Laughs] But anyway, it was fun.

SY: So it sounded like it was a good and bad experience.

EN: It was nice.

SY: It, was it a, it was a good size number of people if you had to move it to another church.

EN: Yes, it was. We had a large family and we had a lot of, Mom and Dad had a lot of friends, so it was a lively group.

SY: That's great. And helped by all your women's...

EN: All my Pasona friends. They were so wonderful.

SY: That's great. What a, so it must've been hard on them, though, if you were the first one to get married. No? They were really supportive, they wanted --

EN: You mean my friends?

SY: Yeah.

EN: No, they were very happy about it.

SY: Great.

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