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Title: Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Interview
Narrator: Ayame Tsutakawa, Mayumi Tsutakawa, Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn, Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn
Interviewer: Tracy Lai
Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Date: July 3, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-tayame_g-01-0005

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TL: I'm wondering if, if you had expectations coming to the pilgrimage, and if you did, what were they? So if any one of you had any expectations, anything you wanted to find out, something you wanted to see, something that you expected to happen. And of course, it's not over yet, but just so far.

YT: I didn't really. I just didn't have any expectations.

TL: Okay.

MT: I didn't have any expectations, either. I just thought I'd meet a lot of nice people, but I didn't know that it would be this fun. I mean this is, it's really fun to talk to all these people from different places, and because you have some, something in common, there's a little linkage as to why you're here, and so it's really easy talk to people and meet them. And suddenly you're talking to someone that you have something in common with.

TL: Ayame?

AT: Yes. I had mixed feelings about coming here to Tule Lake, because George passed away last December, and I met George here at Tule Lake. He was at MIS Language School, but he came to visit his sister's family. And since my father and Mr. Moriguchi was good friend, so they invited our family, and I met George for the first time. And this locket that I was wearing today is... I put these pictures together. It's a picture of George and I, and he took the picture right in front of the barracks. So it's kind of, I think I'll just keep this and wear it occasionally, or just look at it, and remembering coming to Tule Lake again.

MT: Do you think that he would have enjoyed coming back here?

AT: Oh, I think so.

TL: Kenzan.

KT: I didn't have a lot of expectations. I expected to go to Tule Lake. I expected to meet a lot of people, some of which were interned here. And I expected to hear their stories. So far, it's met all my expectations.

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