Densho Digital Archive
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community Collection
Title: Fumiko Hayashida Interview
Narrator: Fumiko Hayashida
Interviewer: Debra Grindeland
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Date: February 25, 2006
Densho ID: denshovh-hfumiko-02-0008

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DG: Can I ask you, now that you're sitting here many years past the war, what you want to share with your family and all of us that are so close to you, what you want to pass down, memories or thoughts of that time that you'd like you'd like to use to teach us?

FH: Yes. I'd like to share all my luck and all have a good life. This world is wonderful, but we don't have, we don't want no war or anything, but that's something we can't do nothing about. Let's all stick together and keep living, be happy. Thank you all. I am the luckiest one in the world, I think. We have our ups and downs, but mine were not so bad, average, I think. I just love to see the children growing up.

DG: So what got you through the downs?

FH: Pardon?

DG: What got you through those downs, those tough times, do you suppose? How did you make it through the hard parts of your life?

FH: I didn't get it, Debra.

DG: When you hard times, like during the war, what gave you strength?

FH: Oh, hard times? Well, just inconvenience is the hardest. I wasn't the only one. I think we all went through that. Because my children were young, so maybe that, not hard, but it was very... I was worried for them. But it all, but everything was inconvenient. We're spoiled anyway, with hot and cold water. We didn't even have cold water in the house, and the buckets they gave us were so heavy, you can't even carry it, heavy buckets. They didn't have plastic, those days. So I was glad my husband, I had husband. All my sisters' husbands were not able to join them until later, and I'm sure they had at least a harder time than I did. I was lucky.

DG: Why were their husbands unable to join them?

FH: Because they were all born in Japan.

DG: And what happened because of that?

FH: Uh-huh, they were not citizens.

DG: So you're talking about the FBI rounding them up?

FH: Uh-huh.

DG: Can you tell me more about that time and discussions you might have had with your sisters?

FH: Well, I can't say much, because I had my husband. But I know my sisters all had young children; it was hard for them. But after you get to the camp, there were plenty of babysitters, and before you know it, they joined, they were released and joined them.

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