Densho Digital Archive
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community Collection
Title: Tatsukichi Moritani Interview
Narrator: Tatsukichi Moritani
Interviewer: Frank Kitamoto
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Date: February 25, 2006
Densho ID: denshovh-mtatsukichi-01-0005

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FK: Now, when World War II started, were you pretty much aware of what was going on as far as, in the world, as far as the United States being at war?

TM: Well, I knew the U.S. and Japan weren't getting, they weren't getting along very good, and there was talk of war ever since the First World War, I guess. Only thing is, Japan was on a different side then. Like, Admiral Togo of Japan was a big hero around here, even, because he got, he beat the Russian navy in a battle there.

FK: What were you doing and how did you hear about Pearl Harbor? Where were you and what were you doing when you heard about Pearl Harbor?

TM: Well, I was home, Mits Katayama came down and we just sat in his car, and we didn't even get out of the car, listening to the radio. And I said, "What's happening here?" And he said Japan just attacked Pearl Harbor and the war is on.

FK: What was your, did you have a feeling or a reaction to hearing that happening?

TM: No.

FK: Any thoughts, how were you, what were you thinking as far as how that might affect relationships with, like, Caucasians or other people?

TM: [Pauses] I don't know...

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