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Title: Richard Murakami Interview
Narrator: Richard Murakami
Interviewer: Dee Goto
Location: South Bend, Washington
Date: May 12, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-mrichard-01-0007

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DG: I think you showed me a picture of the kind of place it was.

RM: Yeah, station house.

DG: And what do you do in a station house?

RM: Well, my father was working out on the oyster, out in the beds.

DG: Okay and what do you do out there?

RM: Gather oysters, plant it, and gather and ship it out.

DG: So the oysters, after they're mature?

RM: Uh-huh.

DG: This has nothing to do with the spats and the seeds.

RM: No.

DG: Just after they're mature, then you hand gather them? I mean, he just...

RM: Yeah, it's all hand work, yeah.

DG: And this was out in -- not too far from here.

RM: No.

DG: Nemah, you said.

RM: Nemah, yeah.

DG: And the picture had some -- the station house was on pilings.

RM: Pilings, yeah.

DG: And sort of in the middle and you had to -- how did you get to shore?

RM: Well, I had to take a boat. We'd see shore every once, maybe twice a year.

DG: That's all?

RM: I mean, he'd have to go more often to get groceries and stuff, but the kids, we were maybe two or three times a year.

DG: Your kidding, so when you were born, your were born actually at the station house, did your mother deliver you with your father and you were all alone?

RM: Yeah.

DG: How did your father know what to do?

RM: Well, I guess he was pretty, you know, pretty good at those kinds of things. He...

DG: I heard there was some magazines and things that had these all written out in Japanese how to deliver a baby or something.

RM: Yeah, I think he studied on that. He's a pretty aggressive person.

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