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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-01-0006

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TL: Sometimes people come looking for certain pieces of their history or pieces of a picture that they haven't been able to find. Sometimes they're looking for people, sometimes they're just looking for something. Sometimes they can't even put their finger on it, but they just know that maybe something will happen when they get here. So that was partly why I was asking. I'm wondering if the experience is causing you to think of other questions that you might have for each other, whether it's about the camp, specifically, what you went through, Ayame, or just questions about what you're feeling or thinking about as a result of being here.

KT: I don't have any yet, but I'm sure they will come up with time, you know, small questions.

MT: So Mom, did you, did you find the geography really striking? Was it just as you remembered it -- the Abalone Hill and the Castle Rock? Did it just look just like it...?

AT: Well, landscape was exactly what I expected to see. But the barracks are all gone. And I'm rather disappointed that I didn't see any barracks, except the one removed. But I'm glad now that I came. And I'll go back and put it all in my journal, my feelings.

MT: One of the questions that I was thinking about when Yayoi was talking was wondering what you thought of what children your age were doing when they were in the camps. I mean could you imagine someone, a girl your age, twelve years old, and what her life would be like compared to yours as it is now?

YT: I think it would definitely be much different, trying to live without all the luxuries that I take for granted nowadays. Just having to go through that and dealing with not having those.

MT: You mean like a clothes washer or a...?

YT: Yeah, or...

MT: Books anytime you want to go to the library...

YT: Yeah. Just being so isolated from everything else.

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