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Title: George Fugami Interview
Narrator: George Fugami
Interviewer: Dee Goto
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 15, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-fgeorge-01-0015

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DG: Now, I've heard that like their art and music were more incorporated than here in the United States. What about that?

GF: Art and music... yes, at that time, yes. At that time, yeah. Let's see, yeah, I guess so. I don't recall too well. I'm just thinking about myself. When I went to school, I didn't think too much about music or art. We concentrated on sports.

DG: What kind of sports?

GF: We played basketball, track, swimming. Swimming was one of the biggest things in Japan and anything like that. Anything in sports, but they didn't have soccer or volleyball. Oh, they had volleyball, but most of the things was on track.

DG: But everybody did this.

GF: Everybody did that.

DG: Not just a few.

GF: No. They have what they call a undokai, that's girls and everybody.

DG: Right.

GF: They used to have that and that was, that's to train your body more than anything else, I think. That's what they focused on to train to be strong.

DG: Well, so did you do exercises every day?

GF: Oh, yes, every morning. Every morning at school. Now, this is in high school, every morning everybody assembles. First thing you do is exercise. They used to have what was called a radio exercise, the radio goes full blast and says, "Lift your hand..." I think that is good because at my age now, I think all that exercise did me good. I don't know in anybody else, but to me I think that was very good. We all get up there and we do exercise.

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