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Title: Sam Araki Interview
Narrator: Sam Araki
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: San Jose, California
Date: March 21, 2012
Densho ID: denshovh-asam-01-0002

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TI: Let's talk a little bit about your mother. So how did your father and mother meet?

SA: She was a "picture bride." Because you've got to remember, he came out here very young, and I think she came to the United States when she was probably around seventeen years old.

TI: And so how much older was your father than your mother?

SA: I'd say about six, seven years, seven years' difference.

TI: And who was the go-between, who arranged for the two of them?

SA: Boy, I don't know. [Laughs] I really don't know. Well, I take that back. I think there is one person who... in those days, you had to have somebody do it, even though they may not even have been connected. But they had to form, ceremonially, they had to have a person. So I think they did have a person and I think his name was... it doesn't come back to me.

TI: Someone in Japan?

SA: No, it was somebody here. Yeah, somebody here, yes.

TI: And what was your mother's name?

SA: Nakano.

TI: And first name?

SA: Misano.

TI: Misano. And where was she from?

SA: From Fukuoka also.

TI: So tell me a little bit about your mother. What was she like?

SA: Well, my mother was... well, physically my dad was very tall for a Japanese at that time. He was about 5'9", so he was very tall and very heavy-set, muscular. My mom was very short; she must have been about 4'9". [Laughs] So it was quite a height difference. But she was also a very caring person, so I got raised as the only child. So I was taken care of very, very well. Probably got spoiled. [Laughs]

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