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Title: Ayame Tsutakawa Interview II
Narrator: Ayame Tsutakawa
Interviewer: Tracy Lai
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 5, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-tayame-02-0021

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TL: Could you describe the first home that you shared? Well, actually maybe you should tell me about your wedding 'cause that was in Seattle?

AT: Uh-huh.

TL: Yeah. What do you remember about that?

AT: Let's talk about the house first, okay?

TL: Sure.

AT: It was in January, (1946) in Seattle. It was gray sky. It was raining most of the time, cold, and this house that George was living on 12th Avenue, it was behind one of the main house and two Japanese families had this house. One was Moriguchis' friend's house and this side was Moriguchis' family house. In-between there was a stepping stone sort of, but it was all wet muddy sort of place to walk toward the house. And George had described this house to me, but when I saw this house it was more like in Sacramento farmer's shack, and I couldn't believe it at first. Is this really it? And George says, "Yeah. This is going to be our house." And inside was quite nice. He had a collection of classical music and some books and all that, but then he told me that he used his GI bill, right, to buy house and he used that for his aunt's house next door to purchase that house for his (Michiko) obasan. And my mother was more concerned about that. George, knowing he's going to be married, why did he do that? He should buy the house for himself, but he, George, having kind heart and he knew that Obasan needed this house because she had her family and actually they lived there, and Obasan's children lived there, too.

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